TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER (2006-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Dream of being Steve McQueen in The Great Escape as you zip down to Tescos"

Triumph Scrambler motorcycle review - Riding

"Dream of being Steve McQueen in The Great Escape as you zip down to Tescos"

  • At a glance
  • 865cc  -  63 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (765mm)
  • £7,349

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Visually the most arresting of the retro Bonneville range, the Triumph Scrambler also makes a great all-round everyday bike. Dream of being Steve McQueen in the Great Escape as you zip down to Tescos on your cool Triumph Scrambler – just don’t go try to jump the checkout queues!

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Triumph Scrambler's straightforward, old-fashioned steel tube double cradle with twin shock rear end is basic but more than adequate given the limited performance. It’s dinky, easy going and novice friendly – but the Triumph Scrambler looks the part too and is comfy for short to medium trips.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Triumph Scrambler gets a version of the Thruxton's 865cc twin engine, and while power is only up by 2bhp at 63bhp, the focus is on the midrange.  Peak torque is up by 6ftlb, which means better roll-on performance and rideability, and is 20% better than the standard version. Rasied gearing makes cruising on the Triumph Scrambler easy, and it's more refined as a new clutch cuts vibrations.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

No complaints here. The Triumph Scrambler may have only been around for a short while but the whole Bonneville range is generally well built, proven and reliable and there’s no reason to think the Triumph Scrambler any different.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Better than most. The best part of £6000 for a new Triumph Scrambler isn’t exactly chickenfeed but nor is it into Ducati exotica money, either. And for that you get a true classic. Residuals hold up well and Bonnies are constantly in demand - the Triumph Scrambler is no exception. On the positive side, however, they are generally very well looked after. Find a Triumph Scrambler for sale

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Triumph Scrambler gets more shiny bits than some of the bare bones Bonnies, but only just. Still, it’s got enough pleasing touches in the right places (twin upswept pipes, and a decent amount of chrome, for example) to give a real pride in Triumph Scrambler ownership.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER (2006-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.4 out of 5
Engine 3.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.6 out of 5
3 out of 5

Too many errors in mcn review

03 May 2012 by KrismusSikpunz

Top speed is more like an old 650 T'bird at 95'ish. Power is 53bhp not 63bhp. The engine is not similar to Thruxton, it is a 270' crank motor as in the America & Speedmaster. Mpg I got 50'ish Seat height quoted is a std/SE Bonnie, the Scrambler... Read more has the highist seat height at more like 820mm. Still a good bike for the money apart from the poor chrome plating.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5

Not wot u remember

27 March 2009 by Paul49

I had a scrambler for a day while my sprint was being seviced. When I set off I thought it was firing on one, it felt like an old AJS 500. I got it on a good straight & it wouldn't do a ton. MCN 125mph? It would be fine as a commuter but I wouldn't... Read more want to go far on it.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Barbed wire fence?

25 May 2008 by casperdog777

This is not a sports bike, this is bling retro statement on two wheels. It is a mild 900cc street icon, that is loosely based on the old TR6 motorcycle that had real off road capabilities. This bike does draw a crowd, it seems that even non-bikers... Read more stop to look at its upswept exhaust and the whole thing looks sort of right. The tyres are 'Trailwings' and for the type of riding it does they seem fine. The wide bars and slightly higher seat height than the stock Bonneville give you a commanding road presence. If you use the off road Triumph end cans the bike gives a healthy roar when it goes about its daily chores. This is a style machine for the urban street or back lanes. Off road? Well some people do mild off road work and it will do that type, but its a big beast and tarmac is where most will spend time. It can carve its way through traffic and will also be suitable for anyone over 5' 5" or so (I am 5' 8" and its not too tall for me). It seems that this bile gets a universal nod of approval; the ride is good with the engine whisking you along with ease - but remember if you want R1 performance get an R1, this is not that sort of bike. Its both a likable and ridable machine. Do I like it? Yes too right. At present I would not swop it for anything else; by the way if you do need to go distance the little screen apparently will shield you from some wind blast. Its a great character bike - any barbed wire fences around here ? Me and my mate Steve Mc Queen want to jump some fences...move over here we come...

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

The Grin Machine

30 August 2007 by Pim1961

The front springs are too soft. So, that was the downside. On the upside I would say: the Scrambler is a huge bag of fun! The engine has lots of torque and together with the Off Road exhausts the Scrambler roars like hell and make people on the... Read more sidewalk turn their heads. Brakes are good, the gear shift is light and precise. The adjustable brake and clutch levers can be set from small (women) to large hands. Handling is easy, precise and light. You wouldn't expect that from a 205kg bike. Beware of the female attention you draw when riding down town! Women seem to like it like a pair of shoes... This is a motorcycle that begs to be ridden and to be seen. It's a pal, a friend and a fashion accesoiry on two wheels.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

I Love This Bike!!!

21 July 2007 by Martin Heseltine

This is a superb bike. Not a race bike but that's not what its' buyers want. Looks are gorgeous. Engine sweet. Gearbox precise. Handling primative but adequate, brakes good, sounds lovely. New one I tested was very tight but 2nd hand one I bought... Read more with 2.5K miles is 100% better and revs away. Can't see me changing it for a long time. Just get one!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £7,349
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 63 bhp
Max torque 50.9 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 865cc
Engine type 8v parallel twin, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 765mm
Bike weight 205kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 310mm disc
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Triumph Scrambler introduced.

Other versions

None.

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