Triumph’s previous Bonneville Scrambler was a pleasant enough bike, but cast a critical eye over its lines, and it’s plain to see that it’s not up to Triumph’s new dawn of superb fit and finish. But this new version is.
Based largely on the excellent new Street Twin platform launched in 2016 – which has also now spawned a T100 Bonneville, T100 Black, and a Street Cup café racer – the new Scrambler is so much more than a parts bin special.
Just like the Street Cup, which boasts a host of bespoke revisions, the Scrambler gets longer rear shocks, a wider set of handlebars, 19” front wheel and 17” rear, Metzeler Tourance dual-purpose rubber, switchable ABS and traction control, and a high-level stainless steel exhaust that’s a masterpiece of design packaging.
- Dedicated Scrambler chassis
- 900cc Street Twin engine
- Switchable ABS & Traction Control
- Interchangeable pillion seat / rack
- A2 kit available
- 198kg (est)
- Seat height 790mm (est)
Nice touches abound, too – like the small but plush pillion perch that detaches in favour of a small aluminium rack for a more rugged adventurer look (both items are included with the bike). The footpegs are sturdy steel bear claw type, and it gets a little bash plate to deflect light abuse from reaching the underside of the 900cc High Torque parallel-twin. The badging and paint options are all Scrambler-specific, too.
And for those on an A2 licence restriction, there’s even a kit available to make this bike compliant. That makes it quite possibly the coolest A2 option you can buy.
While it may look authentically old-school, the technology cleverly secreted away from casual inspection hides a ride-by-wire throttle, which enables the fitment of traction control – which can be deactivated for off-road shenanigans – as well as similarly switchable ABS. The rear light is retro shaped, but packed with LEDs, there’s a torque assist clutch for lighter effort at the lever, a Thatcham approved immobiliser in the key, and a USB charging point for all your gadget needs. And of course it’s water-cooled, which cleans up emissions, quietens the engine down and results in a claimed 36% improvement in fuel economy. Service intervals are also a rather pleasing 10,000 miles apart (or annually).
Sitting ahead of the bars is a fat single clock unit with a mix of analogue and digital displays, covering off rpm, gear position, odometer, trips, range, fuel level, average fuel consumption, a clock, and your traction control settings.
If all of this doesn’t look or feel special enough for you, there are over 150 official accessories available, too.
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