NEW TRI­UMPH SCRAMBLER 1200 RE­VEALED

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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Front Page - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Tri­umph have un­veiled two all-new, hard­core and high-tech Scram­blers which are poised to com­pletely rede­fine the retro scrambler genre. With enough power, sus­pen­sion travel and elec­tron­ics to chal­lenge some ad­ven­ture bikes, scrambler fans have sim­ply seen noth­ing like it be­fore.

High and mighty

The new Scrambler 1200 comes in two ver­sions; the XC and XE. Both share the same en­gine, chas­sis and run­ning gear but the XE ramps things up for those who want to push their lim­its off-road.

At the heart of both is the ‘high power’ ver­sion of Tri­umph’s 1200cc Thrux­ton en­gine, but it’s been given a new Scrambler tune. There’s no bore change or cams, but new fuel and ig­ni­tion maps give it a meatier midrange. As such it de­liv­ers just over 88bhp at 7400rpm and 81ftlb at 3950rpm. That’s 35% more than the cur­rent 900cc Street Scrambler.

Even so, it’s the chas­sis and sus­pen­sion that make the new 1200 Scrambler re­ally ex­cit­ing.

Both vari­ants have a 21in front wheel and a 17in rear wheel, to help clear ob­sta­cles. They come with spoked wheels as stan­dard, which are laced out­side of the rim like those on the Tiger 800 so you can fit tube­less tyres. As stan­dard these are Met­zeler Tourances but they’re also ap­proved for the Pirelli Scor­pion Rally tyres for more se­ri­ous off-road rid­ing.

Both also come with fully ad­justable Showa forks and Öh­lins pig­gy­back twin-shocks, which give the XC 200mm of travel and an 840mm seat height.

Tech mad

Both bikes are packed full of the lat­est tech. Both have the usual ABS and trac­tion con­trol com­bi­na­tion plus off-road rid­ing modes and all are con­trolled through mod­ern switchgear and Tri­umph’s sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion TFT dash. And by us­ing an op­tional Blue­tooth don­gle, the TFT dash can be paired with a smart­phone, which in com­bi­na­tion with a new Tri­umph app al­lows users to play mu­sic, con­trol Gopro Ac­tion cam­eras and even ac­cess Google Maps.

There are many crea­ture com­forts to be found as stan­dard in­clud­ing back­lit switchgear, cruise con­trol, USB charg­ing points and key­less ig­ni­tion.

There’s no word on price just yet but we ex­pect the XC to be around £12,000 when it ar­rives in deal­ers early next year. A cool-look­ing, mini ad­ven­ture bike for a lot less than a 1200 Beemer or KTM? Should prove tempt­ing.

Both can cope with dirt but XE is a ri­val to ad­ven­ture bikes

1200cc Thrux­ton twin is re­tuned to be meatier

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