Street Scrambler

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Richard New­land DEPUTY ED­I­TOR

Tri­umphõs pre­vi­ous Bon­neville Scrambler was a pleas­ant enough bike, but cast a crit­i­cal eye over its lines, and itõs plain to see that itõs not up to Tri­umphõs new dawn of su­perb fit and fin­ish. But this new Street Scrambler ver­sion is.

Based largely on the ex­cel­lent new Street Twin plat­form launched in 2016 Ð which has also now spawned a T100 Bon­neville, T100 Black, and a Street Cup cafž racer Ð the new Scrambler is so much more than a parts bin spe­cial.

Just like the Street Cup, which boasts a host of be­spoke re­vi­sions, the Scrambler gets longer rear shocks, wider han­dle­bars, 19in front wheel and 17in rear, Met­zeler Tourance dual-pur­pose rub­ber, switch­able ABS and trac­tion con­trol, and a high-level stain­less steel ex­haust.

Nice touches abound Ð such as the small but plush pil­lion perch that de­taches in favour of a neat alu­minium rack for a more rugged ad­ven­turer look (both items are in­cluded with the bike). The foot­pegs are sturdy steel bear claw type, and it gets a lit­tle bash plate. The badg­ing and paint op­tions are all Scrambler-spe­cific, too.

And for those on an A2 li­cence, thereõs a kit to make this bike com­pli­ant. That makes this quite pos­si­bly the coolest A2 op­tion you can buy.

While it may look au­then­ti­cally old-school, the tech­nol­ogy clev­erly se­creted away from ca­sual in­spec­tion hides ride-by-wire throt­tle, which en­ables the fit­ment of trac­tion con­trol Ð which can be de­ac­ti­vated for off-road shenani­gans Ð as well as sim­i­larly switch­able ABS. The rear light is retro shaped, but packed with LEDS, thereõs a torque as­sist clutch for lighter ef­fort at the lever, a Thatcham ap­proved im­mo­biliser in the key, and a USB charg­ing point for all your gad­get needs. And of course itõs wa­ter­cooled, which cleans up emis­sions, qui­etens the en­gine down and re­sults in a claimed 36% im­prove­ment in fuel econ­omy. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are also a rather pleas­ing 10,000 miles apart (or an­nu­ally).

Sit­ting ahead of the bars is a fat sin­gle clock unit with a mix of ana­logue and dig­i­tal dis­plays, cov­er­ing off rpm, gear po­si­tion, odome­ter, trips, range, fuel level, av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion, a clock, and your trac­tion con­trol set­tings. A neat blend of old and new.

If all of this does­nõt look or feel spe­cial enough for you, there are over 150 of­fi­cial ac­ces­sories avail­able, too.

2016 MILAN SHOW SPE­CIAL THE FACTS O 54bhp O 198kg (est) O Seat height 790mm (est)

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