Triumph Scrambler 1200 motorcycle review (2019-)

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triumph scrambler 1200 motorcycle review

First released in 2019, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 has been a hit with lovers of classic off-roading bikes. Its retro design makes it feel like a blast from the past, but still with plenty of new, top-of-the-line features and specs that will mean you can keep up with the competition. To get a better understanding of the power of the Scrambler 1200, let’s get into the raw numbers.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 engine

The bike runs on a 1.2 litre, 1200cc Bonneville engine, allowing the rider to reach a top speed of over 135mph, with circa 90bhp! Assisted by mass-optimised balance shafts and engine covers and a revised clutch assembly.

Sporting a low inertia crank, a magnesium cam cover and a much lighter alternator than previous models. You’d be hard pressed to anything missing from this fantastic engine.

Scrambler 1200 chassis

Supporting the 205kg engine is the bike’s tubular steel frame, equipped with aluminium cradles for reinforcement. The bike’s unique framing makes it perfect for off-roading and allows the bike to take a bit of a beating without wrecking the bodywork.

Along with fully adjustable front fork suspension, and piggyback RSUs with twin springs fitted in the rear, the bikes’ wide wheelbase and ergonomic handlebars make the riding experience all the more comfortable, and show just how well-built the chassis really is.

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Wheels, tyres and brakes

Speaking of the wheelbase, let’s take a closer look at what we’re dealing with when it comes to the tyres. The front and rear tyres have sizes of 90/90-21 (inch) and 150/170 (R17), respectively. Both wheels are equipped with switchable ABS systems (on the basic model), with front brakes consisting of twin 320mm discs with Brembo M50 monoblock callipers.

A radial master cylinder; the rear brakes consist of a single 255mm disc, with a Brembo 2- piston floating calliper. When speeding down uneven surfaces and dirt roads, being able to have full and reliable control over your brakes is key, so to have that piece of mind with the 1200, is a luxury you can’t afford to miss out on. 

The Scrambler 1200 trimmings

When it comes to additional features and neat add-ons, the 1200 certainly has a lot to offer. The motorbike’s LED lights are an advantage in both the aesthetic and safety departments. Having your bike fully illuminated make it hard to miss, and so you won’t have to worry about traveling along unlit roads at night and the dangers that come with that.

Also, while we’re on the topic of lighting, the 1200’s switchgear is also illuminated, again handy on those dark, late-night journeys. As far as other convenient features go, keyless ignition is always a plus, as is the bike’s USB charging point, but nothing is more convenient than the light-sensitive colour dash display, which is a god-save on a sunny summers day where usually the dash would be near impossible to read.

So, is all this worth it? Well for a new price of approx £11,500, and 58mpg average fuel consumption, the bike is certainly economic. And what’s not to love about the bike when its jam packed with so many fantastic features? It seems like the Triumph Scrambler 1200 is an absolute steal!

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Specifications

 Triumph Scrambler 1200XCTriumph Scrambler 1200XE
New price£11,500£12,300
Capacity1200cc 
Bore x Stroke97.6mm x 80mm 
Engine layoutParallel-twin 
Engine detailsLiquid-cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle 
Power89bhp (66.2kW) @7,400rpm 
Torque81.1lb-ft(110 Nm) @ 3950 rpm 
Top speedApprox. 115mph 
Average fuel consumption58mpg (claimed)50.4mpg (as tested) 
Tank size16 litres 
Max range to empty (theoretical)207miles (claimed)177 miles (as tested) 
Rider aidsTFT multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock, keyless ignition, torque assist clutch, cruise control, USB charging socket, GoPro control system, turn-by-turn navigation, Triumph app and rider modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Off Road and Customisable Plus:Off-Road ProOptimised Cornering ABSOptimised Cornering Traction ControlIMUStandard fit heated gripsHand guards 
FrameTubular steel with aluminium cradles 
Front suspensionShowa 45mm fully adjustable upside down forks, 200mm travelShowa 47mm fully adjustable upside down forks, 250mm travel (in gold colour)
Rear suspensionFully adjustable Ohlins twin shocks with piggy back reservoir, 200mm rear wheel travel250mm rear wheel travel
Front brakeTwin 320mm disc, Brembo M50 4-piston radial Monobloc calipers, ABSPlus Switchable Cornering ABS and Brembo MCS lever
Rear brakeSingle 255mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, Switchable ABS 
Front tyre/wheel90/90-21 / 36-spoke, aluminium rims 
Rear tyre/wheel150/50 R17 / 32-spoke, aluminium rims 
Rake/Trail25.8°/121mm26.9°/129.2mm
Dimensions2,285mm x 840mm x 1,200mm (LxWxH)2,325mm x 905mm x 1250mm
Wheelbase1,530mm1570mm
Seat height840mm870mm
Dry weight205kg207kg

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