After we heard Ernie Vigil was going to compete within the 2019 NORRA Mexican 1000 rally we weren’t stunned. The Triumph manufacturing facility frontman has been blowing folks’s minds together with his using exploits aboard these British-born beasts for greater than a decade. Clearly, there’s a huge distinction between using wheelies and drifting on a turbocharged Daytona and racing in Baja aboard a comparatively inventory Scrambler 1200 XE, however that’s precisely what he did.
The best a part of the hassle is that he competed underneath the quantity 278, which was a shout-out to Steve McQueen who rode a Triumph Scrambler with that very same quantity in the course of the 1964 ISDT. Honoring the person who helped make Triumph a family title was a pleasant contact to a really bold endeavor. Oh, and did we point out he completed fifth within the Trendy Open Class as effectively?
Not solely did Vigil end the five-day, 1,347-mile competitors in 25 hours and 37 minutes, however he did the deed with none main mechanical issues to talk of in addition to a blown-out bib mousse. Principally, he obtained a flat tire that held him up for a number of hours.
“We made it. It was a super-long week on the NORRA Mexican Rally,” Vigil stated within the postrace press launch. “I couldn’t ask for a greater outcome, and on a inventory bike. It was a super-rad week ripping within the desert with a bunch of dust bikes. We had zero points, she ran like a dream. Two of the longest days had been in some actually technical, rocky sections; you actually have to remain centered and choose your strains with out slowing down an excessive amount of. However once we hit the open desert I may actually let the bike eat; she was a rocket and took all the pieces we threw at her. I’m very unhappy it’s throughout, however I’m hoping we are able to get to the Baja 1000 later this 12 months to run her within the Ironman Class. We not solely proved the Scrambler 1200 XE may end this rally, however be aggressive.”
Simply how inventory was his Scrambler? In line with Triumph, the suspension parts had been utterly inventory. The staff did utterly take away the ABS and TC tools and put in a skid plate to guard the sump, however aside from that, the one modifications had been softer grips and a set of Metzeler tires. They used an MC360 on the entrance and a Karoo three out again.
The target of this journey was to indicate the sturdiness and potential of the Scrambler to the fashionable client and now that the mud has settled, we now have to present them credit score for kicking butt and ticking one other merchandise off of Vigil’s bucket checklist.