Triumph announce cheaper more accessible Scrambler 1200 X alongside updated XE

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Triumph are attempting to make their Scrambler 1200 range more appealing to a wider range of customers for 2024, introducing a new lower and cheaper X model to sit alongside a revamped, more rugged XE variant.

Order books have now opened for both machines, which share the same trellis frame and 1200cc twin-cylinder engine, producing just shy of 90bhp. An update on the existing motor, it now features a revised 50mm single throttle body and exhaust headers – designed to improve flow as well as deliver a broader wedge of torque from 5000rpm upwards.

Peak power now arrives slightly earlier  – down by 250rpm to 7000 – with peak torque also appearing at just 4250rpm (also down by 250 revs). The range retains the same upswept exhaust look, complimented by a pair of stainless steel silencers.

A side view of the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Also shared are the tubeless aluminium spoked rims, with a 21 incher on the front and a 17 at the rear. The X is then shod with dual-purpose Metzeler Karoo Street rubber, with the XE receiving a Metzeler Tourance alternative.

The XE’s wheelbase also sits 57mm longer, at 2330mm, partly thanks to a cast aluminium swingarm that’s stretched by a further 32mm – said to aid stability off-road. The pair also get different handlebars, with the XE’s being 65mm wider to assist off the beaten track.

Focussing in on the X model, Triumph say they have cut the OTR cost by £800 over the outgoing XC model. Seat height has also dropped to a manageable 820mm and can be further shaved to 795mm if needs be.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 X being ridden off-road

However, just because it’s cheaper it doesn’t mean it’s lacking in goodies. You’ll still get lean-sensitive traction control and ABS, plus five riding modes, full LED lighting, and a split LCD/TFT dash.

Up front, there’s also 45mm non-adjustable Marzocchi USD forks, with 170mm of travel – with stopping power provided by a pair of 310mm floating discs, and Nissin two-piston axial calipers.

As you might expect, the more expensive XE (that’s also down £400 on the current model) gets slightly more advanced hardware.

In terms of electronics, it gets an additional Off-Road Pro riding mode – sitting alongside the Sport, Road, Rain, Off-Road and Rider Configurable options also found on the X.

The Triumph Scrambler 1200 X is road biased

Elsewhere, the suspension is again provided by Marzocchi – moving away from the Showa front and Öhlins rear on the outgoing XE. As before, there’s 250mm of travel, with full adjustment at both ends. You’ll also find a far taller 870mm seat height.

Whilst that suspension brand change may disappoint some, the bike claws back some valuable bling points with dual Brembo Stylema four-piston M4.30 radial monobloc calipers that latch onto 320mm discs.

What’s more, to help distinguish it from the cheaper X, there’s a new smaller LED rear light, plus brushed aluminium mudguards. To make your bike more personal, there are over 70 optional extras to choose from too. For more, visit today.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 highlights:

  • Power: 89bhp @ 7000rpm
  • Torque: 81.1lb.ft @ 4250rpm
  • Engine: 1200cc 8v SOHC parallel twin
  • Weight: 228kg (X) 230kg (XE)
  • Seat height: 820mm (X) 870mm (XE)
  • OTR price: £11,895 (X) £13,295 (XE)