Published: 06 March 2017

Out with the old and in with the new! Top job, Triumph!


Out with the old and in with the new! Top job, Triumph!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Not only is the new Scrambler, smoother, easier to ride and more fun, it’s also a handsome and extremely well packaged machine with sweet finishing touches and clever attention to detail. Its decent electronics package, off-road bobbins and classic style will appeal to a wide audience. Top job, Triumph.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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).  

Engine 4 out of 5

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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Triumph’s attention to its off-road treatment, style and the superb finish is much appreciated.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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.  

Equipment 4 out of 5

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. 

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £8,900
Used price £8,400 to £9,100
Warranty term Two year, unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Max power 54 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 63 mpg
Tank range 164 miles
Engine size 900cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, 8v, parallel-twin
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 792mm
Bike weight 213kg
Front suspension KYB 41 mm forks, 120 mm travel
Rear suspension KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120 mm rear wheel travel
Front brake Single 310 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Rear brake Single 255 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 100/90-19
Rear tyre size 150/70- R17

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