Triumph Scrambler 1200 driving report

Triumph Scrambler 1200 driving report
Triumph Motorcycles

Triumph Scrambler 1200 driving report

Triumph Scrambler 1200 driving report

Triumph Scrambler 1200 driving report

Triumph Scrambler 1200 driving report

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The Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE (picture) is the more off-road variant, the XC version the road-oriented.

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The street version Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC costs 13,550 euros.

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For the more off-road Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE it is 14,550 euros.

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Both models impress the tester the first time they drive – off-road and on the road.

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Triumph has introduced the new Scrambler 1200.

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Triumph has introduced the new Scrambler 1200.

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In addition to the more road-oriented XC version, there will also be the more off-road XE version.

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The 1200 twin in the Scrambler develops 90 hp and 110 Nm.

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With customization kits (here the Extreme Kit) the Scrambler should become even more independent.

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The entire lighting is based on LED technology.

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At the rear, the Scrambler 1200 uses fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers.

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The XC is the street-oriented scrambler variant.

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The footrests can be adjusted.

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The twin has been significantly redesigned for the scrambler.

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The front is decelerated with 320 discs and radially attached Brembo calipers.

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The scrambler has lighted fittings.

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At the front, the Scrambler uses a 21-inch wheel.

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The handcrafted aluminum swing arm carries a 17-inch wheel.

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Rear light with LED technology.

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TFT display in the cockpit.

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The XC has black handlebars.

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Classic aluminum flap tank lid.

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Aluminum protection plate under the engine.

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Elevated double pipe exhaust made of stainless steel.

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The start number plate is made of aluminum.

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The aluminum swingarm of the XC is slightly shorter than that of the XE.

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The tank holds 16 liters.

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Optionally, the cockpit can also be networked via Bluetooth.

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The XC is also good for the big city.

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But even easy terrain is no problem for them.

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Mileage data have not yet been given.

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The XE has extended suspension travel by 50 to 250 mm at the front and rear.

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The XE also has a gold-colored fork.

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Triumph 1200 scrambler with escape kit.

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Triumph 1200 scrambler with escape kit.

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Triumph 1200 Scrambler with Extreme Kit.

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Triumph 1200 Scrambler with Extreme Kit.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: protective grille for the radiator.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: engine protection bar.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: luggage rack.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: hand guard.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: handlebar center strut with protective pad.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: protective grille for the headlight.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: Raised front fender.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Accessories: Relocation kit for indicators and taillight.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Accessories: LED fog lights.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: LED turn signals.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 accessories: saddlebags.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Accessories: Small windshield.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Accessories: Side stand enlargement.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 in the driving report

For street and terrain

We were allowed to drive the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler 1200 XE. You can read why our tester is so enthusiastic here in the driving report.

I.Basically there were several surprises at the presentation of the new 1200 scrambler models from Triumph on December 16 and 17 in Portugal. While some other manufacturers simply put a scrambler dress on their street bikes and push the trendyly styled machines into the showroom, people in Hinkley sat down and took the matter really seriously: Compared to the manufacturer’s existing 1200 retro bikes, 30 percent of the Changed drive and 80 percent of the chassis – the aim of the British was to bring a vehicle onto the market that cuts a good figure both off-road and on the road. They succeeded.

Test drives on mud in continuous rain

The first test drives took place in Portugal under completely desolate conditions on mud in continuous rain. Both machines, the roadworthy version Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC (stands for Cross Country) and the Scrambler 1200 XE (Cross Extreme), shone with good driveability even under adverse conditions. Above all, the newly developed traction control is an absolute novelty in the off-road mode; even inexperienced pilots use it to climb scree runs or muddy passages.

But the Scrambler sisters also remain relatively easy to drive off-road despite their weight of around 225 kg with a full tank. Specific changes such as longer suspension travel, longer wheelbase, cornering ABS and lean angle-optimized traction control are groundbreaking for the XE version. While the XE offroad cuts a better figure than its XC sister, it sets better accents on asphalt due to a tighter suspension setup.

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Presentation of the Triumph Scrambler 1200 (2019)


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The price is a surprise

During the first few kilometers of road under the southern sun, the newly configured engine stood out well. In direct comparison to the Bonneville T120 or even the Triumph Thruxton, the Scrambler-Twin has lost three kilos of weight and has gained in maneuverability. The twin hangs very well on the gas and only vibrates moderately. The 90 HP provided are more than sufficient in the field. You don’t miss anything on the country road either. At most on the highway, because the Triumph Scrambler 1200 is electronically cordoned off at 177 km / h. The set-up of the 1200 scrambler twin turned out to be sporty, the engine loves revs. Anyone looking for something to stroll around should look elsewhere.

Ultimately, the price is also a little surprise: 13,550 euros call the British for the XC version, 14,550 euros for the XE. Those familiar with the scene had expected more. All the details about the machines, as well as the answer to the question of which version is better for whom and why the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE is basically the better deal, can be found in the detailed driving report in MOTORRAD issue 2/2019.

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