Some things just go together: Cheech & Chong, cigars & whisky and, of course, black & tan. A few years ago the guys at Analog motorcycles built a beautiful black & tan CB750 that got the attention of a customer called Tony who really loved the build. Tony liked it so much he approached Analog to build him a black & tan custom. “Tony wanted the same design as that bike, but something he could take on a fire road every once in a while, and more modern,” says Analog. “We discussed options for donor bikes and landed on the modern classic Triumph lineup.” After a little bit of searching, Tony came across a great deal on a leftover brand new (last of the air-cooled) 2017 Triumph Scrambler.
Tony broke the bike in for a while, putting a few hundred miles on the bike before he dropped it off at the Analog shop. “We partially stripped it down and started cutting and fabricating. We cut off the extra-long subframe and welded on a loop. We made probably one of the most complex seat pans we have made to date. All aluminum, and hides all the stock electronics that come with modern bikes these days, but still maintaining some comfort. Tony is 6’ 4”, so a little extra inseam allowed for extra padding too.”
The stock suspensions on these Triumphs are not amazing, so Analog rebuilt the forks using Race Tech springs and Gold Valve Emulators. “Then we called up EPM and had some YSS rear shocks custom made for rider specs and added a little extra height in the rear.”
Analog then called their good friend Dale over at Motone and asked if he wanted to send us some goodies. “After a quick discussion on what I was after, the list was made and on its way.” While they waited for those parts, they fabricated a new rear fender, headlight / speedo combo bracket and mounted some Nekken bar risers with new Magura handlebars. “Magura is one of our go-to brands, so we ordered up some HC1 master cylinders and Hymec (slave cylinder) to convert the clutch to a hydraulic set up.”
Unfortunately, the budget didn’t allow Analog to make a custom exhaust from scratch, so they ordered two into one headers from TEC Bike Parts USA. “We then contacted Rich over at Cone Engineering and discussed how we could get the tone and growl we were after without being too obnoxious. Together we designed what we needed to do and Rich sent us all the parts to fabricate a collector with a perforated core, packing, sleeve and then into a reverse cone muffler. We welded it all up and it sounds amazing!”
Sticking to the simple and classy brief, Analog swapped out the giant stock speedo, tach and headlight for the Motogadget Motoscope Classic Speedometer and a Denali M5 LED headlight. They also fitted freshly released Analog Signal Pods (flush mount turn signals) which are super discreet and super bright.
Tony requested BAAK fork gaiters and grips he had seen online, so Analog ordered a set and installed them. “We contacted Dane over at PlzBeSeated and had him match the leather on those items in combination with some gripper material to sew up for the seat. Then all the body work was sent to Jason at Artistimo for a deep gloss black with a subtle brown accent to match the leather.”
The end result is a clean, simple and classy Triumph Scrambler that was done on a budget, but still screams bespoke work from the guys at Analog – and Tony couldn’t be happier with his Black & Tan Scram.
[ Photography by Grant Schwingle ]