‘If you’re in the market for a scrambler, you can’t lose’
The BMW is the boldest and most desirable of all the scramblers, and would be even better if the tyres were swapped for rubber better suited to the road. Its only drawback is the £11,090 price – that’s nearly £2700 more than the Ducati – which is a great allround bike. The Guzzi has the most character and feels like a classic scrambler enlivened with modern touches. However, I couldn’t live with its lack of power on trips out of town. The modified Triumph looks and sounds great, is a joy around town and has a welcome turn of speed away from the city streets, but it is uncomfortable, and more expensive than the Duke and Guzzi. All four are great bikes and your buying decision may just come down to style, brand and price: there are no losers here. If money were no object I’d choose the Beemer.