NEW TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 1200 REVEALED
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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.
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