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Tri­umph Street Scram­bler

Dual-pur­pose mo­tor­cy­cling done right

- PIC­TURES Gur­deep Bhalla, Nis­hant Jhamb

Tri­umph has launched yet an­other vari­ant based on the Bon­neville plat­form. But this one has a very dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude

Retro mo­tor­cy­cles are noth­ing short of be­ing a global phe­nom­e­non. Peo­ple love the feel of hav­ing a bike which looks clas­sic but comes with all mod­ern ameni­ties and a guar­an­tee that it won’t break down on a ride. Cash­ing in big time on this theme is Tri­umph. In In­dia the brand of­fers these bikes un­der the ‘Mod­ern clas­sic’ theme and the new­est mem­ber of the clan is the Street Scram­bler. So what is it all about?

The Street Scram­bler is based on the Street Twin and hence shares much of the com­po­nents with this bike. It looks ex­tremely cool com­plete with chunky 19in wheels shod with Met­zeler Tourance block pat­tern tyres. The front end sus­pen­sion du­ties are taken care off by 41mm KYB forks which of­fer 120mm of travel. The small head­lamp comes with­out the day-time run­ning light sys­tem and the short fen­der re­mains true to the Scram­bler de­sign phi­los­o­phy. The in­stru­ment panel is also bor­rowed from the Street Twin and is a sin­gle pod af­fair which in­cor­po­rates an ana­logue speedo and a dig­i­tal read­out for en­gine speed, fuel gauge and other im­por­tant data. The 12-litre fuel tank has been re­designed and comes with knee pads. The seats are unique too and also of­fer the ver­sa­til­ity of re­mov­ing the pil­lion seat to ac­com­mo­date a stowage rack.


Ride­abil­ity, equip­ment, er­gonomics


Ex­haust po­si­tion

Oth­er­wise the seat is pretty com­fort­able and at 790mm from the ground, it is easy to get onto as well. The other unique fea­ture on the Street Scram­bler hap­pens to be the two-into-two side mounted stain­less steel ex­haust pipes. This is a fea­ture which was com­monly seen on Scram­blers of the past. The pipes come with heat shields but we have to ad­mit that the rider does have to be a tad care­ful es­pe­cially in the blis­ter­ing sum­mer months. The rear too looks ex­tremely pur­pose­ful with that tiny LED tail lamp and short fen­der. What com­pletes the pack­age is the bash guard mounted be­low the en­gine.

The en­gine de­ployed here comes from the Street Twin as well. So it is the 900cc, liq­uid cooled par­al­lel twin mo­tor. It of­fers 54bhp and 79Nm of torque which sure are ex­tremely healthy num­bers. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a 5-speed gearbox. The Street Scram­bler also comes with a va­ri­ety of elec­tronic good­ies which in­cludes switch­able trac­tion con­trol and ABS and ride-by-wire tech.

Swing­ing a leg over is easy thanks to the low sad­dle height. The rid­ing po­si­tion is an er­gonomic de­light too. Thumb the starter and the big en­gine wakes up with a proper growl. The side mounted exhausts also let out a proper rum­ble. The gearbox feels crisp and the clutch is light. But what brings that smile is the power de­liv­ery which comes in smooth and steady. There is no

snatchy feel here and within no time the bike ac­cel­er­ates to three digit speeds and cruis­ing abil­ity is in­cred­i­ble as well. Sim­ply put the Street Scram­bler is sure a proper city slicker in­spite of the mods added to it to work off the road.

Now for the more in­ter­est­ing bit - go­ing off the road. The first ad­van­tage of the bike is its di­men­sions. It is not a big burly ma­chine and one which does not cause fear. So an av­er­age Joe can hap­pily in­dulge in fun. Once on gravel, stand­ing up on the pegs is rather easy and in­spite of weigh­ing 200 plus kg, it feels rather well balanced. But in all hon­esty we must ad­mit that the rider has to be a bit care­ful of those fancy ex­haust pipes. They dwell rather close to the legs and a lit­tle ex­cite­ment can re­sult in the leg touch­ing it re­sult­ing


in the ob­vi­ous. Switch­ing off the added elec­tron­ics al­lows the rider to have more fun. Twist the throt­tle and the rear tyre starts spin­ning adding to the fun fac­tor. The ABS sys­tem too stays off in true of­froad bike man­ner. Thanks to cal­i­bra­tion of the ride-by-wire tech, the throt­tle does not feel snatchy off the road too. The block pat­tern tyres also do a splen­did job and of­fers good grip on gravel. We rode on gravel tracks with quite a few un­du­la­tions and we are happy to re­port that the bash guard re­mained un­scathed in­spite of us hav­ing a lot of fun. Last but not the least, the Street Scram­bler did im­press us with its ride qual­ity. The sus­pen­sion packs in the right amount of damp­ing to ab­sorb bumps with ease but at the same time is not very soft which would re­sult in its bot­tom­ing out. Mov­ing on to the brak­ing bit. The Street Scram­bler comes with a 310mm sin­gle disc up front and a 255mm sin­gle disc at the back. On the street the sys­tem works well and of­fers good enough bite to safely haul the bike down from fast speeds. The front end does have the ten­dency to dip but noth­ing alarm­ing.


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