BAJA X SERIES BY LIND X STOCKWELL DESIGN

PUBLISHED 13.06.2024

CUSTOM 80'S STYLE BAJA RACERS FOR THE MODERN ERA.


Our Baja X Series, now displayed and for sale in our Triumph London dealership, was created by our in-house custom bike designer Charlie Stockwell of Stockwell Design, and the team at Triumph London.

This was an idea dreamt up by Stockwell and Sam James of Triumph London months ago while watching re-runs of old motorcycle rally footage including that of the Baja 1000 Rally in Southern California and Mexico. The tone was set and the pair decided to build the three bikes and have them ready for reveal at the annual Bike Shed Moto Show 2024.

     “We wanted an 80’s inspired enduro bike that could have quite easily been raced at the iconic Baja 1000, a race that started way back in 1967 and had featured Steve McQueen, Bud Ekins, Paul Newman, and many other iconic names that have a strong link with the Triumph brand. Think of ‘On Any Sunday’ and that will set the tone for the type of off-road inspired racer that we wanted to create”. “The race is nuts! It’s a non-stop desert race (well you gotta stop for fuel). You have various types of vehicles competing on the same course. Motorcycles, cars, trucks, and buggies.”

“Ernie Vigil took on the gruelling challenge of the Baja 1000 on board a fairly stock Triumph Scrambler in 2019. With a few mods such as sand tyres, bars, saddle, etc. We’ve kept the spec of our custom builds similar to that." - Charlie Stockwell

Photography from @sezudo_photography

THE FEATURES


The main features include a Stockwell Design Twin Headlamp conversion on both the Baja XL (Scrambler 1200 XE) and the Baja X (Scrambler 1200 X) with custom fabricated mounts and the assembly of Triumph Rocket 3 headlamps. Vintage MotoX front mudguards and custom fork guards match the ceramic-coated Scrambler 1200 stock exhaust, for a retro vibe paying homage to early motocross and enduro bikes. Our good friends at Image Design Custom worked with Stockwell on the paint, with bright colour schemes echoing bikes from the enduro and motocross scene of the 1980s, with re-shaped seats trimmed to match. White, Sunburst Yellow, and Black grace the Baja XL, and White with two-tone Scrubs Teal on the Baja X.

Our Baja 400 X (Scrambler 400 X) took on a White and Ultra Violet custom paint scheme with a re-trimmed Speed 400 saddle and a vintage front mudguard and fork guards complement the front fairing number board. Last but not least, the main feature on the 400 is a custom header pipe and S&S Cycles Grand National muffler. One that Stockwell has used on many a Triumph custom and has become a signature feature.

METZELER KAROO™ 4


The Metzeler Karoo™ 4 is the latest and greatest road legal knobbly adventure tyre from Metzeler, one of Germany’s most famous and long-running tyre manufacturers. Designed to offer unrivalled off-road performance with enough on-road ability for everyday use make this the perfect tyre for our Baja Series Scrambler range of custom Triumph Motorcycles. A true 50/50 adventure motorcycle tyre.

The scoop-shaped blocks maximise the rack effect on soft terrains; the tyre knobbles promote both massive centre traction and lateral self-cleaning and the whole pattern layout ensures continuous support at any lean angle even on hard-packed terrains making it exemplary for your off-road adventures. A new generation of hard-resistant rubber compounds that can operate on a wide range of temperatures and an optimised tyre footprint for great results.



THE BAJA 1000


Located less than 100 miles south of San Diego, sitting comfortably on the Pacific coast of Mexico, you'll find the small city of Ensenada. Every year you'll find daring adrenaline junkies gathering in this beautiful seaside city for the annual, 1000-mile-long, Baja 1000: the final race of a four-race series.

Ensenada hosts the event due to its location as the entry point to the Baja Californian desert, a desolate and other-worldly location.

Host to mountains, vast swathes of inhospitable desert, and the occasional ranch, the Baja desert has it all in terms of the most testing terrains available. Not only does it offer the harshest landscapes, but the weather conditions also mean racers could encounter heavy fog, blistering heat, or even snow! Then there is the silt: a thin, sand-like substance. Kicked up by the vehicle's spinning wheels, silt impairs a driver's vision and can expose any weaknesses in the engine's durability.

In other races, drivers can get used to the consistency of circuits; the Baja 1000 offers no such solace. The Baja 1000 track alternates between a loop, beginning and ending in Ensenada, and a point-to-point track, which starts in Ensenada before finishing in La Paz.

And no loop or track is the same when they return to the calendar. Careering down coastlines or flying through the desert, this track is ruthless; it is generally seen as a massive accomplishment if you even manage to make it to the finish line.

 

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