RIDE’S month in bikes
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