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Malarkey Engineering Specials Desert Sled
"Desert Sled": A Southern Californian off-road race inspired stripped down motorcycle from the 50's and 60's.

Desert Sled Specification: 

Component parts were chosen for their suitability and aesthetics. British parts were sourced wherever possible. 



Design:  Pete Myers, Malarkey Engineering. The design      inspiration was the "Desert Sled".

Design cues carried through to the 21st Century Triumph Desert Sled include the absence of the oil cooler, western style handlebars, high level 2 into 1 exhaust, Ohlins classic twin  shock suspension and front mudguard brace. The Triumph fuel tank and Keihn carbs again complement the styling. Omiting side panels, mounting the battery beneath the gearbox and locating the ICU and M-unit under the seat gives the stripped back look.

Geometry referenced from the modern scrambler.

Frame:  Metal Malarkey Engineering one off T45 16 swg bronze welded frame. Metisse Mk3 inspired. 

Swingarm: Metal Malarkey Engineering, oval section, internal adjusters.

Hubs: Talon front and rear

Rims: Alloy non valanced, stainless spokes built by Staffordshire Wheel Works

Tyres: Front Heidenau K60 100 90 19

 Rear Heidenau K60 130 80 18

Brakes: Calipers:  Front HEL 4 pot radial, Rear HEL 2 pot   Discs: Front EBC 320mm wavey semi floating

Rear EBC 240mm wavey fixed

Master Cylinders: HEL 

Brake reservoirs: TWC


Forks and Yokes:  Triumph Tiger 1050 usd forks 

Metal Malarkey Yokes. Top stepped to suit fork                    length 

Rear Suspension: Ohlins Classic Motocross 360 shocks

Carbs: Keihn FCR 39 and adapters: Chad Thompson, Sudco, California

Engine: Triumph Scrambler 865 2007 

Electronics: Moto Gadget M unit, Chronoclassic speedo, Metal Malarkey switchgear, LED indicators (Oberon),          headlamp 7” stop/tail Lucas 564. Battery YTX12-BS.            Vehicle wiring products

Exhausts: Metal Malarkey high level 2 into 1. Modified Triumph scrambler silencer. Ceramic coated jet black.

Rearsets: Modified Barleycorn. Rubber footrests

Handlebars: Stainless 7/8" Western style.

Seat: Traditional style 3/4 length. Metal Malarkey seat base. Dyke Upholstery

Tinware: Triumph carb model fuel tank. Stainless mudguards.

Lubrication: Oil through frame design. HEL connectors and hose.

Fasteners: St/St

Painting: Airbrush work: Lee Morgan Artworx

Prep and black components: Nigel, Grahams Garage.

Trev Pritchard

Dry Weight:             187 kg / 411.5 lbs (Triumph scrambler                                  865 230 kg - 23% heavier)
Wheel base:           1529mm

Ground clearance:  220mm
Rake:                      27 degrees

Trail:                       105mm




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