Triumph of Minimalism

A motorbike is all about the bare essentials; it is minimalist engineering at its finest. I have been looking for an excuse to post some pictures of the Scrambler and then a link to the video at the bottom of the post appeared in my inbox – it explains everything. The first picture was taken at the top of Dryburn Moor above Allendale and the second near Sycamore Gap along Hadrian’s Wall a few weeks later … two icons in close proximity. The eagle-eyed will spot the change of exhaust between the first and second image – the single pipe of the new version looks much neater and, more importantly, sounds wonderful.  If I were to remove the baffle it would wake the dead – I am tempted 👿

(not quite what the challenge had in mind but what the heck 🙂 )

Scrambler in the hills Two Icons


  1. Tish Farrell · November 7, 2014

    I like your take on the challenge, Robin. I’m not a bike fan but your shots are persuasive 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · November 8, 2014

      Thanks Tish – I should record what it sounds like – that’s even more persuasive (depending on your point of view 🙂 )

  2. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design · November 7, 2014

    Great take on this! Beautiful Triumph!!! I miss my motorbike 😦

  3. LaVagabonde · November 8, 2014

    Gorgeous bike. I know it’s inconsiderate, but I’d love to see the indignation you’d provoke by riding around with the baffle off. 🍆
    (Speaking of baffle…I’m testing out the baffling array of emoji, hence the random aubergine. )

    • northumbrianlight · November 8, 2014

      Many thanks Julie – of course a noisy exhaust is an excellent safety feature – people may not see me coming but they certainly would hear me 😀
      (funny you should mention the emoji – I trawled through the lot looking for a motorbike and there isn’t one! … nice aubergine though 🙂 )

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  5. Malin H · November 11, 2014

    I’m glad that you found an excuse to post these images of the Scrambler. Very sexy bike if you ask me 😉

    Now I will watch the video too.

  6. Thom Hickey · November 12, 2014

    Very envy making! Regards Thom

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