O New Scram­bler 1200 XE is ready to shake up the class

Motorcycle News (UK) - - NAKED & RETRO -

Scram­blers are ab­so­lutely every­where these days, but they’re not all the same – and Tri­umph may have scored a stun­ning goal with this new one, based around their T120 en­gine plat­form from the Thrux­ton.

Avail­able in two ver­sions, an XC that’s aimed at the road and an XE that’s aimed at any ter­rain you’re brave enough to tackle, it’s the more ex­treme XE that’s got us most ex­cited.

The T120 en­gine de­liv­ers just over 89bhp at 7400rpm and 81ftlb at 3950rpm in this higher state of tune, and that’s more than enough on the tar­mac and off it, de­spite it’s mass. There’s a 21in front wheel and a 17in rear wheel, each be­ing spoked tube­less rims run­ning Met­zeler Tourance tyres. The sus­pen­sion com­prises fully ad­justable Showa fork and Öh­lins pig­gy­back twin-shocks with huge travel and a 32mm longer swingarm than the XC for sta­bil­ity and drive off-road.

The XE also boasts an In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit that adds cor­ner­ing ABS to its rider aids, as well as lean-sen­si­tive trac­tion con­trol, and Off-road Pro mode; which lets you dial back the in­ter­ven­tion, and rely on your tal­ents. Heated grips, hand­guards, and ad­justable footrests are also stan­dard fit­ment.

It also gets a new TFT dash with Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for mu­sic and phone, and you can con­trol Gopro Ac­tion cam­eras through the switchgear, and ac­cess Google Maps for turnby-turn nav­i­ga­tion.

‘It’s not just a se­ri­ous off-road tool, it’s a proper ad­ven­ture bike that just hap­pens to look like a retro’ FAST FACTS 1200cc par­al­lel twin 89bhp / 81ftlb 207kg (dry) £12,300 MICHAEL NEEVES CHIEF ROAD TESTER

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