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TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER (2019-on) Review

Published: 20 November 2018

Triumph have added spice to the ‘entry-level’ Scrambler

The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler doing a tad bit of off-road

Triumph have added spice to the ‘entry-level’ Scrambler

  • At a glance
  • 900cc  -  64.1 bhp
  • 63 mpg  -  164 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)
  • New: £9,300

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

We personally favour the Triumph Street Scrambler over the 2019 Street Twin, and would reach into our pockets a little deeper to match its slightly more expensive price-tag.

We prefer the off-road looks, stance and feel. It also feels more planted, grown-up and purposeful.

The specific off-road mode and riding characteristics give the Scrambler a wider appeal, too; road or dusty track to the local pub this evening?

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The 19in front wheel, slight increase in weight and higher riding position slightly slows the steering down compared to the Street Twin, which benefits from a traditional 18in front wheel.

That said, it’s still manageable, easy-to-ride and I personally prefer the taller, purposeful riding position. The wide bars also allow you to throw it around with ease and the Metzeler Tourance rubber is confidence inspiring in the wet or dry. The new Brembo brakes give the retro, Thailand-built off-roader increased stopping power, without being intimidating.

Engine 4 out of 5

The old (2017) 900cc was a little gutless, and could never have been described as exciting. However, that has been rectified with an 18% increase in power - up from 54bhp to 64bhp.

The upgraded engine revs quicker and 500rpm higher, thanks mainly to lighter internals. Peak torque icomes low-down in the revs at only 3200rpm. The result of this alteration is a bike that pulls stronger in the middle and feels more alive underneath you. 

There’s a significantly more torque throughout the rev range, which is noticeable from 3500rpm onwards. The water-cooled parallel twin is smooth, effortless and with perfect fueling; it will pull from just above tickover in the first four gears with ease and town work is a doddle - thanks to a one-finger-light clutch and a smooth, but purposeful gearbox.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Reliability shouldn’t be a problem as the motor is based on the previous model (2017 version) with lighter internals. Service intervals remain at 10,000 miles.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

With a launch price of £9300, the new Scrambler is £1200 more than the base Triumph Street Twin, which it’s heavily based upon. But, prices are on par with the competition for the Hinkley designed Triumph, which is actually built in Thailand.

Equipment 4 out of 5

New 'rain' and 'road' rider modes change the throttle map and the level of traction control intervention to suit the weather conditions. What's more, the Scrambler gets an additional off-road mode, not found on the Street Twin. Both ABS and TC are automatically deactivated in the off-rode mode, which can only be activated at a standstill.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £9,300
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 64.1 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 63 mpg
Tank range 164 miles
Specification
Engine size 900cc
Engine type water-cooled, 8v. twin
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 203kg
Front suspension 41mm, Kayaba non adjustable
Rear suspension Twin Kayab rear shock, pre-load only
Front brake 310mm single disc with four-piston brembo caliper
Rear brake 255mm single disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Photo Gallery

  • The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler doing a tad bit of off-road
  • MCN Senior Road Tester riding the 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler
  • The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler Brembo brakes
  • The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler engine
  • The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler seat
  • The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler tank
  • The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler
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