TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER (2006 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
Power: 63 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.1 in / 765 mm)
Weight: Medium (452 lbs / 205 kg)


New £7,899
Used £5,800 - £7,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Triumph Scrambler gets the 270° crankshaft version of the Bonnevilles 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. Higher gearing makes cruising on the Triumph Scrambler easy, and it's more refined too.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

No complaints here. The whole Bonneville range is generally well built, proven and reliable.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Used values hold up well and Bonnies generally 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


4 out of 5 (4/5)

The 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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost £150
New price £7,899
Used price £5,800 - £7,000
Insurance group 9 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 63 bhp
Max torque 50.9 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 130 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2006: Triumph Scrambler introduced.
2008: Model update including fuel injection and larger fuel tank. 

Other versions


Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER (2006 - on)

8 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.

Review your TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER (2006 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Engine: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
5 out of 5 Serial Bike Buyer May Never Buy Again!
27 June 2021 by John Elsworth

Version: The cool Olive Green one!

Year: 2009

Annual servicing cost: £100

My 2009 Scrambler is a fuel injected version and has Triumph's own TOR exhausts fitted (including a factory remap). With those additions this bike is perfect; the most fun I've ever had on 2 wheels. Not hugely powerful at the top end, but no other bike has tried to throw me off the back winding open the throttle from 1500rpms! Oh and hands down, no argument, no doubt, no matter what you ride...this bike is quite simply the nicest sounding motorcycle I have ever heard.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

This is a non-abs version and I have found both brakes to be very strong; especially when you consider the weight of the bike. Very nimble, very predictable. Not designed to tour or scratch, but happy to do both from time to time. But most of the time just being comfortable, looking cool and sounding awesome; with the ability to keep up with anything at license-keeping speeds.

Engine 5 out of 5

I have a feeling that with the standard exhausts and no re-map, this would score a 4. But, as it is...cannot fault it.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Minor issues. The number plate holder and the underslung oil feed connection have both corroded. Also some very slight pitting in the wheels. Other than that, solid.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Carry out my own servicing.

Equipment 4 out of 5

A 200+ kg bike with no centre stand as standard? Get real Triumph and any other manufacturer guilty of such an idiotic oversight.

Buying experience: The thing is with bikes like this and the Bonneville, is they're usually owned by the more mature gentleman, who treat their bike with as much respect as a potential no complaints here.

5 out of 5 Get One
17 July 2020 by Sid

Version: Street Scrambler 900

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £232

So user friendly, bags of power, comfortable riding position, so easy to throw around if that's your bag, cruise all day long on this and very economical. Down side, only takes one panier due to those lovely sounding pipes, not the best two up because passenger seat is small. I love it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Good all round

Engine 5 out of 5

Strong engine with bags of power if needed.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Not had it long enough to make any real comment but so far so good.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

First service a bit high I thought, probably because I did not buy from this dealer.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Three riding modes, USB under seat. A few add on's if you can afford them, I did not bother.

Buying experience: Purchased on line from Chesterfield Triumph dealer at a discounted price.

5 out of 5 Scrambled fun.
06 July 2017 by Brutus

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £120

Regretted selling my 13 plate Thruxton & wanted a fun bike again so got the Scrambler & it is brilliant. Gearing a bit out for me as would prefer less off the line acceleration & higher relaxed cruising speed but thats easily fixed with new rear sprocket{2 less teeth}. great bike.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

excellent rear brake, front could do with improving.

Engine 5 out of 5

It's a flyer whilst well proven.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Easy enough to service yourself once out of warranty period.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought from dealer one year old[1000 miles] for £6500 with a new Arrow exhaust system in with the price.

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

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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 want to go far on it.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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 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...

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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 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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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 with 2.5K miles is 100% better and revs away. Can't see me changing it for a long time. Just get one!

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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