TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER (2019 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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?
In October 2019 Triumph introduced a £500 "personalisation contribution" to add some optional extras and make the bike your own.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||water-cooled, 8v. twin|
|Frame type||Steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||12 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||63 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£180|
|Used price||£7,300 - £9,300|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||64 bhp|
|Max torque||59 ft-lb|
|Top speed||120 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||164 miles|
Model history & versions
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER (2019 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER (2019 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Annual servicing cost: £175
I've long been a believer that motorcycles are best when you ride them in the manner that that ought to be ridden. Sports bikes are great when ridden fast and horrid when ridden slowly. Cruisers are the opposite. Where the Street Scrambler works best isn't whizzing down fast A-roads but pottering along little roads at 45-50mph. That might sound boring but it's far from it. Everything works in harmony so the bike feels right doing that sort of thing. Before buying the bike, I test rode many others and was busy analysing the engine performance, brakes, handling, comfort etc. I'd been out on the Street Scrambler for some time before I realised that I wasn't doing any of that. I was enjoying myself. I was having fun! I was splashing through muddy puddles like a 3-year old with their first wellies, and I was finding excuses to extend the test ride and not go back to the dealer. The bike is far more than the sum of its parts. You can see from my individual ratings and comments that measured objectively the bike doesn't excel, but for me it has brought back a joy to motorcycling that increasingly "perfect" bikes have failed to do for years! I absolutely love it.
Brakes are good and have no problem bringing the bike to a halt, helped of course by the fact that you're likely not going that fast in the first place. The suspension is somewhat crude and harsh though and can be quite jarring over imperfect tarmac. Whilst the firm ride may be well suited to bouncing along on rough terrain and survive landing from jumps without bottoming, in reality the vast majority of these bikes will never stray off road.
The engine is nice and flexible, very easy going and transmission of power through the simple 5-speed gearbox is excellent. For 2019, the motor got more top end power, but it gets a little coarse and high revs so the benefit is hard to exploit and not particularly satisfying.
The bike is very well made and properly put together. Materials all seem to be of a decent quality and I've no worries about taking it out in all weathers. Some things like the levers do feel a bit cheap and nasty, but they are easily replaced with nice Triumph adjustable ones...at a cost.
It's a very simple motorcycle so servicing isn't particularly complex, but dealer costs are high which means even the smallest job can become expensive. I've struggled to succinctly describe the value for money proposition. I think I can best sum it up by saying that it's not cheap. Official accessory prices are quite high, and spares prices are eye watering. I was amused to note that the accessory Fox shocks that Triumph say are a significant improvement over the stock ones (they are) are less expensive to buy than a pair of stock shocks. The two-piece colour matched high level accessory mudguard is less than half the price of the stock single piece of plastic. A replacement plastic headlight is over £400, and a fuel tank is well over £1000. I was looking forward to some gentle off-roading on the bike but I quick look at the spares prices put paid to that idea!
As it comes, the bike is very basic. There's somewhere to sit, bars to hang on to and a speedo. There's a small LCD panel where you can cycle through time, rpm, miles to empty, trip etc but that's about it. Triumph do sell a large range of accessories, though I wish they (and other manufacturers) would allow you to specify them as part of the order. I'd much rather pay £200 extra to have the accessory end can instead of the stock item, than £800 for the accessory and have the original cluttering the back of my garage. Buying a motorcycle as a toy isn't particularly environmentally friendly, buy avoiding the manufacture of loads of bits that are going to be taken off and shoved in the loft would make a lot of sense. Luggage options are a single fabric pannier which is ok if a little limited and a top box that wouldn't look out of place on a moped or scooter (but definitely does on the classic styled Scrambler).. There is a strong aftermarket for styling changes but not for practical items. The Triumph branded Fox rear shocks definitely improve the ride but I'm in two minds about the Vance and Hines slip on silencer. It brings a harshness to the exhaust note that isn't there with the factory item, and that's got a pleasant sound well suited to the character of the bike. It's very easy to spend a lot on accessories and tweaks for the Scrambler to make it your own; for the total I've spent, I could easily have bought a Scrambler 1200 and have change.
Buying experience: Dealer was great, happy for me to take out a range of bikes for decent, long test rides and didn't moan when I brought the bike back filthy from playing in muddy puddles.