Street Scrambler rated
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’