New Tri­umph

Street Scram­bler rated

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - ANDY DAVID­SON STAFF WRITER andy.david­son@mo­tor­cy­cle­

Ev­ery­one loves a scram­bler. And ev­ery­one will love this. Tri­umph kicked off the retro scram­bler plat­form in 2006, paving the way for a breed of fun, sim­ple and ac­ces­si­ble bikes.

Tri­umph’s most ac­ces­si­ble bike right now is the Street Twin, launched a year ago. It’s sim­ple, man­age­able, fun, packed with mod-cons, af­ford­able (£7500) and meets Euro4 re­quire­ments. So it made sense for Tri­umph to ditch the Street Scram­bler’s old 865cc mo­tor and start again with the Street Twin as the base bike.

The Street Scram­bler sets it­self apart from the Street Twin with its scram­bler styling, raised and wider han­dle­bars, a more re­laxed rid­ing po­si­tion thanks to a higher and new seat, slightly more for­ward pegs, a larger 19in spoke front wheel, new mir­rors, new longer sus­pen­sion units front and rear, with 120mm travel, side-mounted ex­haust sys­tem, up­rated Nissin front brake and an in­ter­change­able pil­lion seat and rack.

But the re­ally sweet ex­tras are found in its off-road CV. Only the trac­tion con­trol is switch­able on the Street Twin, while the Scram­bler al­lows you to switch off the ABS to lock up and slide the back end in the dirt. It’s also got a hefty sump guard, rub­ber pads on the tank, big grippy pegs with re­mov­able rub­ber in­serts and a large off-road brake pedal. It comes with Met­zeler Tourance tyres as stan­dard, which do a com­mend­able job both on the tarmac and gravel tracks.

Swing a leg over the low seat, fire it into life and the brushed alu­minium ex­haust plays a dis­tinctly Bri­tish tune. Click the gear­box into first, the su­perlight slip-as­sist clutch is ef­fort­less, and the 900cc par­al­lel-twin pulls away smoothly. Tri­umph reckon the new mo­tor pro­duces 28% more power and torque be­tween 2750-4750rpm than the out­go­ing model and it’s cer­tainly smoother and more re­fined with a broader spread of power. They also say it’s more fuel ef­fi­cient and ser­vice in­ter­vals have been bumped up from 6000 to 10,000 miles.

The launch in Seville took us through moun­tain sweep­ers, a dirt loop and the odd wa­ter cross­ing and the Scram­bler be­haved bril­liant- ly through­out. Its wide bars made it a hoot to tip into cor­ners and the silky smooth mo­tor and re­fined throt­tle make it easy to man­han­dle and push harder.

The longer fork and shocks re­main poised on ev­ery bend and the new Nissin twin-pot caliper and float­ing disc pro­vide plenty of stop­ping power.

This is not per­for­mance-ori­en­tated or an en­duro bike, but nor does Tri­umph pre­tend it to be. They’ve used the Street Twin plat­form to make the Scram­bler more ac­ces­si­ble than be­fore and eas­ier to ride. Two rea­sons why the Twin has done so well and why this Scram­bler is go­ing to do bril­liantly, too.

‘Fire it into life and the ex­haust plays a dis­tinctly Bri­tish tune’

All the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the Street Twin with added retro scram­bler ap­peal The Street Scram­bler of­fers re­laxed rid­ing and many stylish touches Clock in­cludes: trips, range to empty, fuel con­sump­tion and gear po­si­tion Info but­ton makes switch­ing ABS and tr

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