Hammarhead Jack Pine: Initial Report

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When we headed to Philadelphia to ride the Hammarhead Jack Pine, we figured it’d be nothing more than another nice-looking, boring-to-ride custom Triumph. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. First of all, some jerks got it dirty hooning around wasteland out by the airport, then the bike turned out to be awesome, probably the single neatest motorcycle we’ve ridden this year. With this bike, you can have your vintage style and ride it too.

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Initial Report: Hammarhead Jack Pine

  • jeff

    Ok, it’s pretty. But removing the oil cooler?

    $14.5k buys a lot of KTM…

    • Sean Smith

      Good point. You could pick up a 525 and a super duke for that kinda dough. I’m pretty sure this bike gets it’s awesome from quirky pseudo-oldness and exclusivity though.

  • ChuckNorris

    LoL! I like the way you describe it! But, you know if they hear from “the other” article, you may have to face with double air 360 kick of all time. You’re funny journalists!

  • gregorbean

    Holy $14,500 batman! Awesome bike, but seems to me you could make something similar for quite a bit less. I guess there’s plenty of people who’d rather spend the dough than the time and elbow grease.

  • gregorbean

    Did you guys get to ride the Woodsman 500 too? Looks like a fun little bike…

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk Urban Rider

    Beautiful bike, I love the Scrambler but this is done to my taste. Compliments to the builder.

  • Pete

    14,500?!? I have a Thruxton and I can’t believe someone would pay so much for something they could easily do in a garage with less money. These new Triumphs are so easy to obtain parts for and work on, why wouldn’t you do it yourself? It still looks pretty awesome though.

    • Epyx

      I dont know about much cheaper but you could probably save a few $$.

      2010 Scrambler = $8,799
      Work Performance Fork Kit = $200
      High Viscosity Fork Oil = $10
      Works Performance “Dirt Trackers” Rear Shocks $2000?
      Exhaust = $800?

      Total = 11,809

      This does not count labor or any of the other work that they did (carb, oil cooler, airbox, etc). Plus this is from what I assume is a business so….profit.

      $14,500 does not seem that crazy to me. Sure there are alternatives one could throw out there but the alternatives are not Triumph retro. So if you want Triumph retro with some enhanced performance…this is not that bad of a deal.

      I think it would be more fun to do oneself, but not everyone feels that way.

      • Grant Ray

        There’s actually more going on than you listed, such as the headers, the custom intakes, the carbs, getting the digital speedo to properly work, rewiring the button clusters, making the fenders and skid plate, moving and rewiring the ignition key…

        Well, you get the point.

        Hammarhead completely agrees that all the things done to the Jack Pine can be done by anyone with the skill, time, equipment and inclination to do so. They’re building the bike for the people who don’t have all four of the above, but still want something really fun, unique and engaging to ride. They know it’s a limited audience, and I think they’re only planning to make 5 or so of the Jack Pines.

        • Epyx

          Grant,
          I understand that and agree 100%. I wanted to keep the list short and focused on the easiest upgrades most anyone could do. The forks may be a little more than 101 stuff but I figured even that most riders could even figure that out with a manual.

          I don’t think $14,500 is excessive at all and very fair. I honestly don’t think anyone could “do it for cheaper” and match the specs exactly (while still using new parts and bike).

          Personally, I think I would prefer the a kit and do it myself, but like you said not everyone has the time or ability (or desire) to wrench together a bike.

          I really like this concept, and always appreciate a useful custom.

          How come no one ever complains when a “for show” custom costs a fortune?

        • Pete

          Good points all. The idea that you could do it all yourself for cheaper is probably a little over the top. You could definitely do it yourself, but to recreate the exact same thing would be more expensive.

          The flip side, however, is, if you were inclined to spend $15k on a bike, you could pick and choose the stuff that you want and make it totally personalized. As mentioned before, these bikes are incredibly easy to wrench on and the owners group at http://www.triumphrat.net has a great support system with very knowledgeable owners.

      • John

        >Works Performance “Dirt Trackers” Rear Shocks $2000?

        I know this is months too late, but they’re more like $300-$500 per pair…

  • Emmet

    @ Jeff: They replaced the stock lean injectors for performance carbs, allowing the engine to run at lower temperatures without the need of an oil cooler.

    I like the simple design, but WHY a two-up seat when there are clearly no passenger footpegs??

  • HammSammich

    As Pete Points out, if you were paying retail, the parts would probably cost you near this much. A cursory glance at the bike shows a drove of upgrades. I’m not saying that the bike is worth it. You’re paying a lot for an enduro that, while much more attractive than modern offereings is going to cost you $6k to $8k more. But it’s not really fair to say that you could do it for cheaper, unless you have access to wholesale parts and bike pricing.

    Keihin Race Carbs: $800 Air Box Removal: $300
    Custom Headers w/ Arrow? Can: $1000
    Ohlins Suspension?: $2000
    Longer Travel Progressive Fork Springs: $100
    Billet Sprocket Cover: $120
    New Sprockets: $80
    Tires: $350
    Custom Seat: $250
    Alloy Fenders: $300
    Skid Plate: $120
    Master Cylinder Res: $120
    Bar Clams: $50

  • jason

    shit i built a 68 T100R, thats way cooler for a little less than $5k …. i guess my point it, would you really want to hang out with the douche that bought this bike?

    R.U.B.’s are worse than crotch critters!

    • HighHorseHater

      Probably more so than you. I bet the owner would be much less of a self righteous ass.

    • JohnC

      You’re not valuing your work enough. If you were to sell your bike, you’d want more than 5k for it because you put lots of labor into it. Whether or not you enjoy the work is irrelevant. It still has value.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Meh, a cool custom like this that’s based off a new bike platform is pretty cool, too. I’m sure its reliability is as good (roughly) as an off-the-shelf Scrambler. For somebody who has more money than time, that’s a big selling point; if you get away from work for a long weekend, and just want to ride, the worst thing in the world would be realizing you have to spend 12 hrs rebuilding a carb or replacing a leaking head gasket before you can get on the road.

  • England

    The exhaust is not custom. It’s actually a Zard Cross 2 into 1. It costs about the same as their standard 2 into 1 low system for Triumph twins. I think it’s a great looking bike, and although I love to work on my bike, I can understand where someone would like to have this bike pre-built and ready to go. Some people, rich or not, just have good style. Just because they don’t have the time or resources to learn motorcycle customization on their own doesn’t make them a douche in my book. Of course, I’m sure there are douches out there who would buy this bike to. I’m just saying that buying this bike wouldn’t make them a douche, just tasteful.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s a Zard can and pipes, but Hammarhead has done its own baffle work.

  • spectator

    Wow, not good looking at all, so stubby looking. Other than possessing “better” style what makes this more capable on-road or off than a KLR 650 with some decent tires?

    I get that it’s retro-70′s-tastic, but seriously, $14.5k for a homely enduro? No thanks, can’t you get 2 Brand new KLR’s for that money??

    • gregorbean

      Dude, c’mon…KLR’s are fugly and you know it, and that’s coming from a DRZ owning dual-sport/enduro enthusiast. The guy who buys this bike doesn’t want two KLR’s. He wants a one-offish British scrambler.

      Responding to the others about the price, I’d still say it is a little high…you guys are using a 2010 new scrambler price for your gauge. On the hammarhead site it says they use a 2005-2008 scrambler. You could find one of these used for under $6000. Then all the custom stuff, do the math, you see what I’m saying. I do agree as I stated before though that I think it’s both cool and that there is a market for it, plenty of dudes who don’t want to put the time and effort into making their own. More power to Hammarhead, I wish them luck.

      Grant and Wes, did you guys get to ride the Woodsman 500 too? That thing looks fun!

  • Ninjah

    I dig on the rugged minimalist style, but the low-slung exhaust is at odds with the intent of off-road suspension and engine guard plate.

    Nice shiny pipe just hanging out there waiting for a rock or stump. Contrast that with the Scrambler’s high pipe routing, built to avoid that kind of problem.

  • PeteP

    Ugh. 386 Lbs? Seriously?

  • The Grudz

    Functional, stylish, understated…and the bikes pretty neat too!

  • http://cohobot.blogspot.com/ coho

    Cool bike, kinda UralST/Enfield-y. I like it.

    PS. The helmet you wore in the photos was insufficiently retro, however.

  • Carter

    I was at Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio today, and saw the bike in person. Hammarhead was gracious enough to let me try it out. It feels like a completely different platform from my (mostly stock) Bonneville.

    This is really a terrific and unique bike, both as a rider and aesthetically. It’s hard to make a straight comparison, but good luck finding another custon bike with this cool subtle style, handling, and versatility. It’s an essentialist beauty — no flashy trash: everything one it has purpose and is just right.

    He’ll also do this treatment on a donor Bonnie or Scrambler bike, which seriously helps the cost if you have one. It’s mighty tempting after that ride!

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    I had the opportunity to ride it this weekend too. I went into it expecting it to be like any old Scrambler… Man, was I wrong! I only spent about 10 minutes tearing around the complex on dirt, grass, gravel, and tarmac, but I quickly realized it was one of the funnest, tightest, and best looking bikes that I’ve even seen/ridden. I would love to take it out for a 4 hour jaunt like Grant and Wes did! James and his team really hit the nail on the head with this one.

  • Jon Vandervelde

    In regard to those who can do it cheaper themselves:

    Do you walk into the Met, look at a Vermeer and mutter “Four million dollars?!! I could paint that myself for twenty bucks worth of paint!”

    Not unless you’re an idiot. The artist brings the artistry. If everybody had that to a high degree, there would be no mullets and no velvet Elvii. But alas,there are.

    Now I suppose you can try and make a visual duplicate of the bike and essentially bite the builders style. But that makes you a douche.

  • Hand Wound Man

    While Hammarhead has nice designs, James Loughead AKA James Hammarhead took a deposit from me to build a Jack Pine. This was in June of 2012. There were many attempts to have my deposit returned and all resulted with “the checks in the mail.” In December I finally had to hire an attorney in Philadelphia and James agreed to a monthly payment plan to return my money. Every month James had to be reminded to send the money. The last $2,000 payment was to be made July 1st. That is when James disappeared.

    If anyone has a lead on him, I sure would like to have the remainder of my deposit returned. My contact info is handwoundman@gmail.com

    It looks like he is well on his way to destroying his reputation and business. I do feel bad for the guy, I am sure he had big dreams, however it looks like he is taking down individuals with him which really sucks.