Its wide bars made it a hoot to tip into corners and the silky smooth motor and refined throttle make it incredibly easy to manhandle and push harder, and the exquisite exhaust just loves it when you crack the throttle open. The longer fork and rear shocks remain poised and focused on every bend and the new Nissin twin-pot caliper and floating disc provide plenty of stopping power. You can wring its neck and it doesn’t get bent out of shape. The Metzeler Tourance tyres do an excellent job of sticking to the tarmac and easily handle gravel tracks too. The Scrambler is fun on light gravel, the suspension does a good enough job of soaking up light bumps, but anything too deep and it’ll bottom out. But most importantly, it’ll instantly slap a smile on your face and you’ll feel like Steve McQueen scanning the countryside for fences (just don’t try jumping them).
Triumph’s most accessible bike is the Street Twin, launched a year ago, it’s simple, manageable, fun, packed with mod-cons, and more importantly – meets euro4 requirements. So it only makes sense for Triumph to ditch the old 865cc motor and start again with the Street Twin as the donor bike.
No complaints here. The Street Twin gets a new ‘High Torque’ 900cc, liquid-cooled parallel twin motor. The 900cc parallel-twin pulls away smoothly. Triumph reckon the new motor produces 28% more power and torque between 2750-4750rpm than the outgoing model and it’s certainly smoother and more refined with a broader spread of power. They also say it’s more fuel efficient and service intervals have been bumped up from 6,000 to 10,000 miles.
Triumph’s attention to its off-road treatment, style and the superb finish is much appreciated.
There are three colour options to choose from, Jet Black - £8,900, Matt Khaki Green - £9,025 and Korosi Red and Frozen Silver - £9,200.
The Scrambler gets switchable traction control, ABS, ride-by-wire and slip-assist clutch all wrapped up in an ultra-friendly package. Traction control and ABS are quickly turned off by thumbing the ‘Info’ button on the switchgear. It also has removable rubber pegs and a bashplate as well as an exquiste new exhaust system.