Day 5 - Graphic and design

Triumph is a legendary motorbike brand. Free Spirits is proud to develop a new concept of Triumph Scrambler which will be shown at forthcoming 2014 Verona Motor Bike Expo (24-26 January, Verona fair) as a world premiere and then at the 2014 Triumph Tridays (19-22 June, Neukirchen).

This time we’re not going to describe any technical part. Because a bike is made not only by chain, valve, absorbers etc.. The aesthetic characteristic and design are also important.

If last year the graphic concept was developed by Steven Flier, German artist based in Stuttgart with his own Graphik Atelier, who was able to mix and concentrate both Triumph and Free Spirits origin with a clean design.

This year we move a step forward. We’re not scary about it and we want to surprise. Giving a chance to a younger artist who demonstrate to appreciate our work.
Even if he’s very young, he already has a quite good motorbike experience. Maybe it’s something genetic, who knows? Maybe he has been influenced by his father, who is involved somehow in motorbike world.

This young artist’s name is Moritz Bree. Maybe you’ve already seen, riding a mini chromed bike among your legs with his eyes shining under his blond hair.
His surname doesn’t sound new to your ears? You’re right. He’s Uli Bree’s youngest son. Any recommendation,  only a little encouragement for this 9 years old boy who loves bikes.

Do you want a preview? We cannot anticipate too much….

Day 4 - Suspension

Converting a Triumph Scrambler in a flat track motorbike means that we had to modify both suspension and traction, because the bike isn’t for off road use anymore.
Furthermore, we want to give to riders an excellent riding experience through a excellent feeling with the bike.

Suspension is one of the characteristic that impress riders at first ride: vibration and asphalt condition influence the rider opinion about bike and we want to eliminate every bad feeling.

At the front, we now have a  bigger travel fork. We kept original Triumph Scrambler stem which course on a longer Triumph America sheath. Now the fork has a 165 mm travel, 45 mm longer than original.
To improve fork stability and control (clearly speaking, the fork behavior in case of bad condition of the street) we also used the valve kit.

We introduce an absolute new in motorcycling field, something not so ordinary to see.
Indeed, in collaboration with Mauro, Bitubo suspension technician who collaborate with us, we developed a new adjustable system for the front fork to get a more sport dynamic.
It’s a solution suitable for original Scrambler stem, with the exception of the flute, we produced in ergal.
This solution takes inspiration from old style Ducati sbk: indeed, thanks to a screw, from the bottom of the fork you can adjust the oil volume passage inside the fork, so you can have a more absorbed fork.
Turning the screw and regulating oil (more fluid) passage, you can ride a Triumph Scrambler with a fully adjustable front suspension: yes, you can regulate hydraulic extension and progression. Let see if we can also regulate compression for a more sporting ride as well as. We’re working hard also for this aim!

At the rear we need to balance the new front suspension and therefore we think to use a couple of 400 mm Bitubo absorber (40 mm longer than original). Furthermore, we develop new risers, CNC machined inside Free Spirits laboratory in tempered alloy steel, they reduce the absorber extra inclination and progression.

Hey, it’s a flat track bike, isn’t it? Well, it needs traction, so what do we have to do? To enhance traction, my dears! So, at the rear, let’s adopt Triumph America rear fork which is longer than Scrambler one. The pitch between front and rear wheel in now longer and the bike gain a better traction.

Don’t tell us we don’t think to any riding need…
We also want to make you note that every modification is convertible, which means that you can restore the original setting of the bike because we didn’t cut any part of the Scrambler chassis.

Day 3 - Belt transmission

As you know, the solution adopted inside the Free Spirits laboratory aren’t end to itself, neither a merely self-referential act of researched beauty.
Don’t ask to Marcello to develop something beauty if it’s not useful. You’d be in dangerous.
Hedonism doesn’t find a home at the feet of Summano Vulcan. We’re not made for it, because we’re in favour of intelligent solution able to enhance riding experience, able to make a bike easier to ride.

Days before we improved the breathing of our Scrambler engine through SF light water proof filters and a new extra TFI unit.
Now, we think it deserves a better final transmission. Chain at the end doesn’t create any serious matter, it may break sometimes of course, but if it’s well kept (clean and greased, for example), no matter about it.

By the way, we’re never totally satisfied and we always struggle to give better (if not the best) solution to our riders.

So, Free Spirits’ team made big attention to the right alignment between transmission pulley and the wheel. Now there is a new belt transmission while at the front there is a 5 mm offset pulley.

Why we wanted to replace chain with belt?

Because belt transmission reduces the loss of power between transmission box and rear wheel and eliminates maintenance (not cleaning, not greasing, necessary on chain transmission).
The 130 teeth belt requires a dynamic belt tensioner (by Free Spirits, CNC machined), designed to keep a constant but light tension on the belt throughout swing-arm movement, the reduced stress and shock loads not only benefit and prevent premature lengthen of the belt but also, and above all, reduces stress from wheel and gearbox output bearings.

What do you think? Isn’t it better and more satisfying to ride your Scrambler now?

Day 2 - Filters

Scrambler is a word that perfectly suits us. Indeed, it comes from the English verb “to scramble” which means to mix. The Triumph Scrambler is a street bike but, if we change some characteristics, it became a bike able to face easy off road paths. Speak with riders of our Bisbetica and Scaltra at Tridays 2013: the path wasn't that easy!
Well, about 60 years ago, the firs bikes were called Scrambler to jump in the country side. We do a jump too, but not back in time but in the concept: this bike entered in our hidden laboratory as a Scrambler and will go out as a flat track. That has been decided at the feet of Summano Vulcan.
We are starting to thing that we feel the influence of the former Vulcan!

To be clear, the belly Free Spirits' laboratory will never create an exotic more than hundred hp bike. You perfectly know that our philosophy is to change (in a totally reversible way) bikes to improve their technical characteristics. And it's exactly what we've just started to do.
Time goes by very fast and time to Motor Bike Expo is shorter day by day. Well, how can we start? 

Since we decided to set a flat track bike, we can begin from the engine: it needs to be stronger!

So, let's set the output: the original Hinckley's twin need two good nostrils to breath better. Yep, we mean filters. Because, as we want to set them, they really look like two nostrils because they transport air flow inside the engine.
Usually, customiser set the filters directly to the throttle body under the seat. Looking at the conical shape of the SF filters, we didn't only think to mount them expose to the air, but also to face the air with their narrow part. In this way, the amount of air flowing into the engine is bigger. 
By this solution, possible with an angle of 180° elbow (the pipe internal diameter is 57 mm, produced by a unique patented process that allows the use of thin walled light weight construction), due to the quantity of air flow, there is the need to correct the resulting mixture: therefore was absolutely necessary to add an extra “fuel injector unit” to add fuel. The TFI unit can be adjust in 3 different position, depend on the desired output, without using any computer. One of the maps, can be personalised by the rider. Check the TFI simulator to see how it works.
Don't worry about where and how to set it: it's small enough.
Further, SF filters we used are also water proof so, in case we suddenly meet a summer storm, there is no need to run (in the respect of the legal street limits and of our own awareness!) to take shelters under some bridge or roof (or inside a bus stop box if we are shameless).

The aesthetical part of our (former) Scrambler is changing and we have many different choices. Also for the flat track style tail.

Meanwhile, the technical part is going on and we are quite (not at all) satisfied. 
Another day goes by. Let's see what will happen next days, inside the belly of Free Spirits' hidden laboratory.

Day 1 - Presentation Triumph Scrambler Flat Track!

It’s time to work inside Free Spirits secret laboratory, based at the feet of the former Summano Vulcan.

We are very busy to set new bikes for 2014 Motor Bike Expo in Verona. It’s the first national motorbike event and we do want to make a good impression!

We decided to work again on a Triumph Scrambler: the model seduced us and we are sure that Triumph Scrambler SM we presented at Glemseck 101 8 Runde at the end of August 2013 is our best Triumph model we’ve ever realised.
It’s a classic bike, good to ride on the street as well on easy off road paths. Did you see our Scaltra and Bisbetica during Tridays 2013 last summer during the Rumbler?

This time we want to wander away from the concept of “allround-bike”, as the Scrambler has been conceived originally and to remain on the asphalt. This time we want to dare, to move towards another limit: well, after the motard, another Scrambler will be convert in something will surprise you.

The clock move faster than we wish.

We are going to touch an untouched Scrambler: we look at it, we perfectly know which kind of work we want to do. The point is: how? You know us very well, so what do you think? Have we ever given up? No, never! Rather, we use to go on this direction, looking for our new limits. Although, in our secret laboratory at the feet of Summano Vulcan, we don’t enjoy a lot!

Well, let’s go on on this classic English bike. It will go out from our laboratory as a flat track bike!

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