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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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!

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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.

Triumph Scrambler (2006-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,349
Dealer used prices
£4,660 (2007) - £7,480 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,200 (2007) - £6,740 (2014)
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Engine size 865 cc
Power 63 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2006: Triumph Scrambler introduced.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 63 bhp
Max torque 50.9 ft-lb
Weight 205 kg
Seat height 765 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 865 cc
Engine specification 8v parallel twin, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 310mm disc
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(5 reviews)

  • Too many errors in mcn review

    Sam Langford

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 has the highist seat height at more like 820mm. Still a good bike for the money apart from the poor chrome plating.

    03 May 2012

  • Not wot u remember

    Paul49

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    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 want to go far on it.

    27 March 2009

  • Barbed wire fence?

    casperdog777

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 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...

    25 May 2008

  • The Grin Machine

    Pim1961

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    30 August 2007

  • I Love This Bike!!!

    Martin Heseltine

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 with 2.5K miles is 100% better and revs away. Can't see me changing it for a long time. Just get one!

    21 July 2007

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drewzzr

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Scrambler

I have had my Triumph Scrambler just over a year now and done 4000 miles on it.

I't is not the fastest, best handling, most versatile or best at anything really.

There are things about it that iritate and when I first rode one, I thought I'd get bored of the lack of performance.

A year on, with some off road pipes, and a couple of sensible modifications like a fly screen fitted, I am very pleased with my Scrambler. It's a great town bike, with car park presence, adequate performance with a punchy, responsive engine deliving good low down power. It's comfortable with an up-right riding positition and wide bars making it manageble in urban traffic conditions affording good all round vision.

It's fun, not expensive to run and maintain and quite relaxing to ride.

I have a sports bike too, but I ride the Scrambler more often. There are things you'll want to change, but that's half the fun. It's not about it being so perfect it feels almost sterile, "Customising" your bike to suit  your needs and tastes is more involving. 

It demands less effort and commitment to get the most out of it and is rewarding to ride and own, it's biking purity with a bit of character thrown in.

Drew,

London W

 

09 April 2009 22:44

v1nn1e

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Tyres and touring

OK, I haven't even taken delivery of mine yet but thought I'd get a few questions in first.

What are the tyres like? I can't believe that I'll ever be using mine off-road but I like the style of something chunky like the trailwings. Are they they best of this genre for road use? What about other options from Avon, Michelin or Dunlop?

What about longer journeys and motorway cruising? What sort of speed can be sustained before holding on becomes too exhausting? Just wondering about a trip to Valencia for the WSB in April - maybe I'd be better of on my 955i...

Ta :smile

07 January 2009 11:39

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