French customisers, BAAK Motorcycles, create plenty of modified Triumphs, but we think this one is particularly special.
BAAK’s ‘Rambler’ model has been designed to tackle regular road riding and the occasional blast along a dirt track, and this particular motorcycle has been tweaked to create an even better balance of on and off-road performance. Their workshop has a range of handmade off-the-shelf items you can buy to give your Triumph an even more retro flavour – they also create unique one-offs such as this, using parts sourced from far and wide. Understated classic style and clean, sweeping lines are BAAK’s speciality. Far from simply bolting on a few extras, the Lyon-based team has a very acute eye for design and execute it perfectly.
We spoke with Julien Demaugé-Bost from the BAAK team about the build. “The Rambler could be our definition about what ‘backdating’ is. We used a modern vehicle and gave it the same manufacturing finish, look and feel as a 50-year-old one. At BAAK we take special care at purifying the line, making the bike more aerodynamic and easier to handle.
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“Modifications include a very tidy integrated headlamp and speedo, wide handlebars, a short leather seat, saddle bag, front suspension gaiters, Bitwell grips and black satin paintwork.
“It remains very classic regarding the general shape, but keeps the comfort and the ease-of-use of a modern bike. It had to be multipurpose so it could meet his rider’s desires, whether it’s riding downtown or playing on muddy single tracks. To make this build fit BAAK’s spirit we created a few leather parts that contrast with the raw metal frame and black tank. We are proud to be able to create a bike that is as pleasant to look at as it is to ride.”
Rémi Reguin, founder of BAAK, sums up this project perfectly when he states: “I spent hours staring at this bike while I was doing the project. I wanted to reach the perfect balance – as if it was the only motorcycle I would ride for years to come.”
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