A Street Fighter in ac­tion

Tri­umph’s Street Scram­bler com­bines the flair of clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle de­sign with the us­abil­ity of a daily ride.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Review - By A. NACHI car­sifu@thes­tar.com.my

TRI­UMPH Mo­tor­cy­cles have been mak­ing waves with their mod­ern clas­sics. Its de­signs have been well re­ceived by rid­ers around the world who adore the orig­i­nal look of the yes­ter­year.

Mod­ern Tri­umph engi­neer­ing has made their range of clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles as re­li­able, en­gag­ing and as use­able ev­ery day as any Tri­umph.

The mod­ern clas­sic which I re­viewed re­cently was the Tri­umph Street Scram­bler, priced from RM65,900 and pow­ered by a 900cc engine.

The Street Scram­bler has def­i­nitely re­tained ev­ery sin­gle bit of the Scram­bler’s clas­sic and time­less de­sign.

A good ex­am­ple is the long and wide sad­dle, which had am­ple room for me and my pil­lion rider.

The sleek tank with func­tional rub­ber knee pads on both sides of the tank are ex­tremely use­ful when one de­cides to ride hard with wind­ing roads.

Also a must men­tion is the bike’s dou­ble ex­haust pipes, one stacked on top of the other which fur­ther en­hances the rugged look.

To re­tain the clas­sic looks, de­sign­ers at Tri­umph has hid­den the cat­alytic con­verter be­tween the ex­haust and the engine. Bravo!

I was told there are about 150 dif­fer­ent ac­ces­sories for the Street Scram­bler which al­lows any owner to cus­tomise the mo­tor­cy­cle to his heart’s con­tent.

Do take note that the Street Scram­bler is not a “se­ri­ous” of­froad bike, rather it is de­signed to tackle un­paved tracks like dirt roads, plan­ta­tions trails and beaches, among oth­ers. But this bike is def­i­nitely at home on open roads. No doubt about that.

I rode the bike on a rub­ber plan­ta­tion and I must say it per­formed well.

The bike is light, weigh­ing at 200kg thus mak­ing it ag­ile and easy to ma­noeu­vre on the rough trails of the plan­ta­tion.

The rid­ing po­si­tion of the Street Scram­bler is very much up­right and the wide han­dle bars was per­fect es­pe­cially when I was rid­ing in the rub­ber es­tate for a good hour and a half.

The wide bars al­lowed me to have max­i­mum con­trol over the bike, like a jockey on a horse.

The front sus­pen­sion travel of 120mm is able to soak all bumps and humps eas­ily.

My but­tocks and back did not ache at the end of the thrilling 90-minute ad­ven­ture in a plan­ta­tion in Kuala Selangor.

Com­ple­ment­ing the front sus­pen­sion is the rear KYB twin rear shocks that are ad­justable for preload, de­liv­er­ing the same 120mm travel like the front.

On open roads, this hand­some look­ing fella is at its best.

The Street Scram­bler’s engine is torquey but very tame un­like the Speed Triple or Street Triple.

The Scram­bler de­liv­ers a man­age­able 54hp at 5,900rpm and 80Nm of torque 3,230rpm.

Power de­liv­ery is lin­ear and enough to sat­isfy any­body’s need for speed, but of course the Street Scram­bler is much slower than the Day­tona.

I hardly used fifth-gear on the high­way, most of the time cruis­ing in fourth.

With the engine speed around 3,200rpm and up­wards, my ride be­comes very in­ter­est­ing.

Ev­ery time I twisted the throt­tle, power surges in for me to con­quer the open road eas­ily.

Even when I dropped the engine speed to­wards 1,500rpm, the

Street Scram­bler does not twitch and the ride re­mains pleas­ant.

The smooth and pre­cise han­dling gave me bet­ter con­trol; and these are largely due to the rideby-wire sys­tem, where the throt­tle response is at its best.

Dur­ing rush hour ride in the city cen­tre, the Street Scram­bler is able to do count­less stop-and-goes with­out the engine stalling.

Be it in first or sec­ond gear, I was able to weave through traf­fic with­out the bike feel­ing strained.

The up­right sit­ting po­si­tion gave me good visibility dur­ing my daily com­mute, thus weav­ing through traf­fic was en­joy­able.

And the 120mm sus­pen­sion travel was more than enough to ab­sorb all the pot­holes, humps and cracks on roads in the city.

While rid­ing up to Gent­ing High­lands, I was very im­pressed how eas­ily the bike han­dled all cor­ners and man­aged twists and turns grace­fully.

The Street Scram­bler is equipped at the front with a twin-pot Nissin cal­liper bit­ing on a sin­gle 310mm disc while the rear uses the same twin cal­liper, but with a 255mm disc.

The bike also comes with switch­able anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS).

My over­all ex­pe­ri­ence on the brakes has been pleas­ant and the Nissins have done very well in stop­ping the bike.

This is one great bike to com­mute and whiz through any traf­fic chal­lenge plus a very re­li­able in­ter­bike, state tourer.

A com­fort­able be it as a sin­pil­lion gle or with a rider.

It will not be too much to say that the Street Scram­bler has a split per­son­al­ity, the manners of a gen­tle­man and the image of a bad boy, with ei­ther one at your dis­posal.

In­stru­ment clus­ter of Street Scram­bler.

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