Back in the day, before dirt bikes evolved into their modern limber, high-flying tall-riding forms, a motocross bike was generally a road bike fitted with knobby tires, tweaked suspension, and shorn of extraneous bodywork, lights and accessories. These proto-motocrossers, known as scramblers, are still popular in certain motorcycle enthusiast circles. So much so, in fact, that many modern bikes have been customized to incorporate this early off-roader aesthetic.
One prime example of the genre comes out of France, specifically the shops of Comete Motorcycles. It’s called the Lumberjack, and it’s based on a late model Harley-Davidson Sportster. But it’s not a scrambler in the strictest sense of the term.