Meet the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE
29 October 2018 - RideApart
It is about time, Triumph!
They're here! They're finally here! After all these months and all these teaser videos our patience and forbearance finally paid off as Triumph dropped not one, but two new Scrambler 1200s. If these pictures and these specs are anything to go by they are, in fact, the for real deal.Introducing the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE. According to the Triumph press release, these new bikes are, "all-new benchmark-setting motorcycles that represent a first for dual-purpose capability and modern custom style. These beautiful new 1200 scramblers deliver a category-redefining level of performance, specification, and finish, fused with Triumph's iconic Scrambler DNA and all the capability of a genuine adventure motorcycle." That's a fancy-pants way of saying that these all-new, big-bore scramblers are top of the line, no-foolin', big boy (and girl) bikes with serious off-road bona fides to go along with their street appeal. We're 1000-percent on board here.
At the heart of the new Scrambler 1200 line is the stout Bonneville 1200 mill with a special "scrambler tune" that provides 12.5-percent more power and a truckload of stump-pulling torque for increased off-road performance. Both models are fitted with high-tech TFT instruments, LED lights, cruise control, keyless starting, USB power sockets, full Bluetooth integration, multiple riding modes, and all the bells and whistles we've come to expect in new bikes. They even have the world's first integrated GoPro control system for getting the most out of your cameras while on the road and the trail.
The XE model features a raft of features above and beyond those mentioned above. Optimized for off-road hooning, the comes standard with heated grips, optimized cornering ABS, optimized cornering traction control, an advanced Inertial Measurement Unit that drives all the fancy rider aids, and more.
The Scrambler 1200 family's suspension is serious business as well. Both models are equipped with a new aluminum long-travel swingarm (longer on the XE) sprung with an all-new, fully-adjustable, twin-spring Öhlins rear shocks with external reservoirs.
"The twin spring Öhlins RSU on the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 combines new technology with inspiration from 70's motocross to deliver high performance and long suspension travel capability," said Emil Åberg of Öhlins. "Our testing team was amazed by the performance of the new 1200 Scramblers, and considered them to be actually more capable off-road than many of the adventure bikes they had tested."
To go along with all that function, the new Scrambler 1200s have a whole lot of classic form. All new tanks with classic scrambler cutaways, laced wheels, brushed steel accents, and Monza-style fuel filler caps give these new bikes a stunning neo-classic feel. They were also released alongside a lengthy parts and accessory list—bags, fenders, engine guards, braces, tech add-ons, etc.—as well as two "Inspiration Kits" which allows buyers to customize their bikes for either street or dirt use with one handy package.