2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 First Ride
We've been back to Portugal for 2 days of on and off road action with the new Triumph Scrambler 1200. Which one would you go for, the XC or XE?
Triumph are the daddies when it comes to modern classics. They offer something that appeals in pretty much every sector, this all new 1200 Scrambler is the one that will grab the attention of those that are serious about off roading, but still want to look good doing it.
The 1200 Scrambler comes in two flavours, an XC and an XE. The XE is the pick of the two, it has longer travel suspension, more choice of riding modes and generally looks cooler thanks to those gold fork legs.
We rode both bikes in Portugal on a mix of both road and off road routes. Both bikes performed brilliantly. The first day was all about off road riding, the road friendly Metzeler tyres we’re swapped out for Pirelli Scorpian Rally rubber and we were away. Considering the weight (about 225kg ready to ride), the Scrambler was incredibly easy to live with, it was also great fun. Jumps, sliding out of corners and plummeting off huge drops were all easy thanks to just the right amount of assistance in Off Road mode. The big 21 inch front wheel was sure footed when the going got really tough and the leverage available thanks to the wide bars made placing the bike easy.
Day two was a soggy road ride, giving us a chance to try Rain Mode. With nigh on 90bhp and 110Nm of torque, the 1200 Scrambler delivered an entertaining ride, without feeling like it was about to get you into too much trouble speed wise. Cornering traction control and ABS are on hand to help when you need it, but the Brembo brakes and perfect road manners meant that you could turn all the rider systems off and still maintain complete control.
We know that you’ll have made your own mind up as to how it looks, so we won’t try and convince you that we think it looks amazing. It does though, doesn’t it?
The technology fest continues with a new turn by turn navigation system, along with GoPro connectivity, all managed using the switch gear on the bike. It’s clever stuff that’s been well thought out and built to a premium finish. There’s only £800 difference between the two models. The cheaper XC will be in dealers late February and the XE a month earlier. We’ve spoken to a couple of dealers who have already taken a stack of deposits for these bikes. If you’re interested in one, what better way to treat yourself for Christmas than sticking your name down for one of these beauties.