RIDE’S month in bikes

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Tri­umph’s Bon­neville range just got se­ri­ously dirty. The new Scram­bler 1200 prom­ises far more than just knob­bly nos­tal­gia — Tri­umph claims it de­liv­ers proper off-road abil­ity, with cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy never be­fore seen on a bike.

At its heart is the Bon­nie’s now-fa­mil­iar 1200cc par­al­lel twin, given a Scram­bler­spe­cific 89bhp re­tune. The frame is spe­cific too, com­bin­ing tubu­lar steel and alu­minium sec­tions — pre­sum­ably re­in­forced for off-road ac­tion. High-spec com­po­nents in­clude Brembo M50 front brakes, ad­justable Showa forks and twin Öh­lins shocks, while a 21in front wheel should keep things rolling nicely off-road.

There are two mod­els: the stan­dard XC; and the even more dirt-ready XE. The XE has taller sus­pen­sion (250mm travel, up from the XC’S 200mm), a longer swingarm and an Off-road Pro rid­ing mode. It also comes with heated grips, hand­guards and an IMU, mak­ing ABS and trac­tion con­trol lean-sen­si­tive.

Both ver­sions have cruise con­trol, key­less ig­ni­tion and a taste­fully styled cir­cu­lar TFT dis­play. The dash also packs a cou­ple of in­no­va­tive fea­tures, in­clud­ing a turn-by-turn Google nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem (via an app on your phone) and the abil­ity to con­trol Gopro cam­eras from the switchgear. What will they think of next?

But if the tech doesn’t float your boat, the Scram­bler’s clas­sic de­tail­ing will. That high-level ex­haust looks great, while the seam­less 16-litre fuel tank has a de­li­cious alu­minium ‘Monza-style’ filler cap. And there’s a wealth of of­fi­cial ac­ces­sories — 80, in fact. So whether you want to get your Scram­bler dirt­ier (en­gine bars, head­light grill), give it an even more retro look (num­ber board) or make it more prac­ti­cal (pan­niers, tankbag and a 30-litre roll bag) there are op­tions. Com­pre­hen­sive, ca­pa­ble and com­pelling.

Reg­u­lar XC ver­sion fea­tures an im­pres­sive specMore dirt-ready XE ver­sion with longer-travel sus­pen­sion

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