TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER (2019 - on) Review
- A very impressive scrambler
- Specific off-road mode
- Cheap running costs
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£190|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Triumph Street Scrambler may carry a name associated with off-road riding, however this is far more an urban scrambler than a true off-road bike and while it can handle the odd gravel path thanks to its 19-inch front wheel, that’s about your limit.
But is this a bad thing? Not really, if you are after a bike that looks cool, has a comfortable and upright trail bike stance and is about as easy-going as it gets, the Street Scrambler is for you.
Triumph like to play the heritage card and it is true, the Scrambler name can be traced back to the firm’s bikes of the 1960s, however the Street Scrambler is far more modern.
Not technically related to the first of the ‘Hinckley’ Scrambler models, which arrived in 2006 and were powered by the firm’s air-cooled Bonnie motor, the Street Scrambler was launched in 2017 and while designed in exactly the same mould as the Scrambler, it is powered by the water-cooled Street Twin motor and also has a stack of modern safety assists.
Not that you would necessarily know this to look at it. And for 2019 it received some significant updates.
With a new motor boasting more performance, uprated brakes and suspension and better electronics, not to mention a slightly sharper look, the 2019 Street Scrambler has all the right ingredients.
Although not as popular as the Street Twin, the Street Scrambler is a really cool bike that makes for a wonderful retro urban adventure bike. A few owners customise their bikes and if you like the sound of making something a bit unique out of yours, there are some amazing specials out there to get inspiration from.
Update for Euro5 in 2021, Sandstorm limited edition revealed
In April 2921, Triumph unveiled the Euro5 updated version of the Street Scrambler, including the above special edition, called the Sandstorm.
The entire Street Twin-based range got some subtle tweaks with a new saddle, sidepanel number board, aluminium headlight bracket, heel guards and throttle body finish. And despite meeting Euro5 emissions regulations, the new version sacrifices none of its 64bhp peak power output.
The limited-edition Sandstorm pays tribute to the original desert racing Triumph Scramblers of the 1960s with a special three-tone paintjob. On top of this, it gets a high-level mudguard, aluminium bash plate, rubber knee pads, headlight grille and a tail tidy.
The Sandstorm edition was available from May and cost £9900 but just 775 units will be made worldwide.
Once you've read this review and our owners' reviews, you may want to join an online club to meet likeminded folk. We'd suggest the Triumph Owner's Motor Cycle Club is a good place to start.
Watch: Triumph Street Scrambler video review
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Triumph always manage to make really good handling road bikes and the Street Scrambler is no exception. With its 19-inch front wheel it will never deliver quite the same feeling of security as the Street Twin, but it is far from bad and you can certainly enjoy it in the bends.
For 2019 Triumph updated the KYB suspension to give it a better ride quality and more agility, something that certainly shows up when you are getting a bit giddy, but what most riders will appreciate is the neutral and balanced feel you get when just cruising on it.
If you want a bit more grip, swapping the tyres from the Metzeler Tourance to more road-targeted rubber makes a huge difference but it also detracts slightly from the bike’s looks.
Surprisingly for a bike that doesn’t really have performance at its heart, Triumph added a Brembo four-piston front brake caliper for 2019 (just the one...) which manages to deliver enhanced stopping power without going over the top, mainly as it acts alone!
Pleasingly, the ABS can be deactivated for off-road use, which would have been easy to overlook and does give it a bit of credibility in the dirt. If you want to take a pillion (probably not off-road...) the Street Scrambler’s bench seat is really comfortable and the relaxed nature of the motor makes it a good option for two-up trips.
EngineNext up: Reliability
While the old Street Scrambler was pretty, it was also a bit disappointing to ride due to a motor that was fairly gutless and uninspiring.
In the 2019 update Triumph addressed this issue and the new High Torque 900cc parallel twin is a major step up in terms of both drive and character. Boasting a claimed 18% more performance in its locker, the upgraded engine has 10bhp more peak power and also a fatter torque curve thanks to lighter internals.
While you get two power modes – Road and Rain – there is very little point in swapping out of Road mode as the twin is wonderfully relaxed in its attitude and has a near-perfect throttle connection, good gearbox and a beautifully light clutch action.
If you want an urban cruiser, the Triumph is bang at home, and it is also great fun to hop on and explore the backroads as well.
As is always the way, the exhaust note with the OE can is a bit disappointing but there are loads of companies out there to help resolve that minor issue without losing the cool twin-stacked look. An A2-legal restrictor kit can be added.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Despite Triumph playing the heritage card, the Street Scrambler is built in Thailand and not Blighty. Is this a problem? Not really, nearly all of Triumph’s bikes (and all of the modern classics it has to be noted) are built out there and the firm has very rigorous testing and quality control procedures to ensure they meet customer expectations.
As with any bike with spoke wheels, always check for rust or damaged spokes (and bent rims if it has been taken off-road, but this is unlikely) but really if the bike looks clean and tidy you should be safe.
A few owners feel money has been saved in some areas, however just like Harley, Triumph’s fairly large (over 120 parts) accessories range is always there to add a bit of extra bling – at a cost...
When buying used, if you want accessories then search out a bike with them already fitted as this will save you cash, just ensure the OE parts are also included in the package in case you want to return it to stock.
When it comes to full-on specials, you do need to be wary. Some customisers are better skilled than others and you need to do your research to ensure what you are buying will be fit, and safe, for use on the road.
Our Triumph Street Scrambler owners' reviews indicate a few issues with sub-standard parts and poor build quality so it's worth having a good read before taking the plunge.
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.
With 10,000-miles service intervals, the Street Scrambler is a cheap bike to run and also reasonable value to buy used.
Not many Scramblers cover big mileages and you can get a real beauty with less than 2000 miles on its clocks for in the £7500 area, which is roughly a £2000 saving on a new model.
Insurance is cheap, fuel economy fairly respectable at about 60mpg and as the Scrambler is less common than the Twin, they tend to hold their value a bit better as a result. Happy days, as Fonzie might say – who rode a Triumph TR5...
Considering it is a middleweight, Triumph didn’t hold back in terms of spec on the Street Scrambler.
As standard you get ABS and traction control (both can be deactivated for off-road use), two power modes, a Brembo caliper, an immobiliser, underseat USB socket and LED lights. That’s not bad at all.
When it comes to accessories, however, well where do you start? Included in the over 120 dedicated Scrambler accessories sold by Triumph are parts to turn it into a more hardcore off-roader (FOX shocks, high level mudguard, light protector, bash plate etc) and even a whole ‘Urban Tracker’ inspiration kit, which includes 25-litre panniers, a Vance & Hines silencer and more.
A lot of owners add a few bits to their bikes and most stick with official accessories, which do add a degree of value to the bike. Great accessories include a set of replacement slip-on cans to enhance the sound, luggage (the waxed cotton pannier retain the retro theme), a small screen and heated grips.
Triumph Street Scrambler 2019 colour options
- Fusion white
- Cranberry Red
- Khaki Green and Matt Aluminium, with jet black coach-line
|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||£96|
|Annual service cost||£190|
|Used price||£7,700 - £9,300|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
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
- 2006: Triumph release the Scrambler model. Based around the air-cooled Bonneville platform, it adds a bit of retro off-road styling alongside spoke wheels, twin stacked pipes and upright bars.
- 2008: A small update sees the Scrambler gain fuel injection, a larger tank and some styling mods. Although it received a few paint changes and special models (most noticeably the 2013 Steve McQueen version), it remained largely unaltered until it was discontinued in 2016, although twin clocks arrived in 2011.
- 2017-2018: The Triumph Street Scrambler is launched. Powered by the water-cooled parallel twin motor from the Street Twin, it combines rugged off-road looks with an easy-going modern retro chassis.
- 2019 – 2020: An update sees the Scrambler gain a Brembo front brake caliper, 18% increase in power and torque, revised seating position and new KYB forks.
- 2021: Triumph release a Euro5 version of the Street Scrambler and Sandstorm limited-edition bike.
Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH STREET SCRAMBLER (2019 - on)
3 owners have 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:||£190|
Annual servicing cost: £250
Lovely bike which will do everything you need if going very fast is not top of the priority list.
Its good most of the time. In town, brilliant, on lanes and smaller A/B roads it's a blast up to sixty or seventy, on anything faster it's awful. Purely the wind last. Ok so it's naked but without a set of normal clicks taking a little of it away the wind is full on. It needs some sort of deflector for sure. Other than that it's comfy for a couple of hours, although I find the bars a bit too wide. Rear shocks are ish, pretty underdamped, especially two up. Front bike is perfect for the bike, rear just fine too. Not keen on the feel of the 18" front sometimes though...
Lovely motor, plenty of power and torque for any situation. Sounds absolutely lovely too. Pulls anywhere from just over two grand in top although surprisingly revvy if the moods takes you up to about 6k, not much point going over that though. Hasn't used any oil yet and it's lively and smooth. Exhaust gets a bit too hot in traffic on a warm day though, even through the shields, especially the first one under your right leg!
Top quality finish and detail. I did have to reseat an indicator bulb on day 2 of ownership and the number plate was cracked on delivery from the dealer but nothing you can complain about at all.
First service only carried out so far, I don't know what they do for the money but it only took an hour and a half.... Very frugal on fuel, av 70 mpg although that is mostly the running period so now that I can rev it more it'll no doubt drop a bit...haven't even had to adjust the chain as yet at 1200 miles.
Twin seat is great, rack is useless really but looks nice. Heated grips are a delight. Rider modes pointless, off road mode, really, I wouldn't
Buying experience: Dealer bought for 8250 as they were clearing them out before the new model arrived. They were fine. Delivery was 125 quid in lockdown.
Annual servicing cost: £150
Overall this is a great bike. It is a fantastic addition to my garage, and allows spirited riding, but well below "go to jail" speeds.
Compared to my 1999 ZX6R, this bike handles extremely well. The suspension is a bit budget, but fully up to the job. This bike loves the old twisty A Roads and fast B roads. You can really throw it around, and I have got both pegs scraping without the bike being out of shape. The rear brake is very average, however the front brake is awesome. Single Brembo which is far superior to the old twin 6pot Tokico's on my ZX6R. Very impressed and all at sensible speeds
64bhp is perfect for this 900cc parallel twin. It pulls well through the gears, and accelerates really well up to about 70mph. This is a retro bike, not a sports bike, so very well accomplished for what it is.
This a sunny day toy and has seen rain twice. Unfortunately a lot of the fasteners showed signs of tarnishing within days. They look to be a cheap mild steel and not stainless. Not so good. Also the clock misted up suggesting it is not sealed properly. I will approach Triumph to sort this on Warranty. Some of the wiring & routing looks "amateurish" and apprears to be an afterthought, which detracts slightly from overall appearance. The painted parts are of very good quality.
This bike is very good on petrol, and returns about 68mpg even with enthusiastic riding. I had the first service done at Triumph and that was in excess of £150 - a bit steep for oil and filter change, but that is main dealers for you. I am now up to 4000 miles, but it is a year since the last service so Triumph want to see it again to maintain the warranty.
Not too highly spec'd, but that is part of the appeal. It has road, rain or off road modes. I can't tell much between them, but then I don't make a habit of taking this out of the garage if rain is forecast. I had to fit a fly screen to take away some wind blast which works well. I have fitted some bar risers, to raise the bar height by 25mm. I am short, and the reach to the bars is quite far for me. I fitted a fender extender as well, so if I do get caught out in the rain again, some of the muck is deflected away. I think the OE tyres are really good, and they offer good grip all the way to the edge. I like the gear indicator on the dash. The indicator switch is a bit too stubby making it difficult to operate them with winter gloves on. I have had heated grips fitted.
Buying experience: I bought it from Triumph Edinburgh who were selling it as a pre reg for £8000, which was £1300 of list. They were brilliant and delivered the bike to Cornwall for just £150. (Triumph Plymouth couldn't match the deal, and weren't interested in trying!)
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.