Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 8th March 2017

It seems that Triumph can do no wrong these days.

Last year saw the Hinckley firm break their all-time sales record, double their profits and launch a new range of bikes that has seen it top the UK sales charts.

After such a stellar year it would have been no surprise to see the iconic company rest on its laurels but no, they’ve kept the throttle wide open and plan to ride the crest of their wave with even more new bikes. As well as the outstanding new Street Triple range and eye catching Bonneville Bobber, they’ve developed a host of derivatives of the 900cc classic platform that has been the cornerstone of their current success story. Among them is this, the new-for-2017 Street Scrambler.


Triumph Street Scrambler Road


In many ways, the Street Scrambler represents Triumph doing what it does best – building classically bikes that evoke memories of the British industry’s golden days in the 1960s, but with up-to-date engineering and modern technology.


The whole scrambler scene is really on trend right now but it’s very much familiar territory for the British brand. Along with Kawasaki, Triumph was one of the pioneers of the retro bike concept when it relaunched the iconic Bonneville in 2000, and the Steve McQueen inspired Scrambler derivative that followed six years later went on to spend a decade in the range.


Triumph Street Scrambler off road


That Scrambler, with a dirt bike style design that harked back to the old TR6 Trophy ridden by the Hollywood legend in the 1964 International Six Day Trial, was finally killed off by the incoming Euro 4 emissions regulations but it was no surprise to see this replacement model arrive for 2017.


The Street Scrambler is heavily based on last year’s Street Twin, running the same 900cc parallel twin engine in a subtly modified chassis. The look is very similar to the outgoing Scrambler, with the design dominated by the twin high level exhaust pipe that typified the 1960s ‘desert sled’, longer travel suspension and a bigger, 19”, spoked front wheel.


Triumph knows the market well and despite being a little taller than the Street Twin, the Street Scrambler is very accessible to a wide range of riders. Although it has a rugged off-road look, the manufacturer knows that most will spend their lives in the city, often ridden by new or returning riders. It’s a bike with a broad appeal, from trendy hipsters to older riders who remember the originals from back in the day. With a 792mm seat height and a fairly narrow saddle, even shorter riders can get on with the Street Scrambler too.


Thumb the starter motor and there’s no doubt that this is a thoroughly modern machine. There’s no choke lever or waiting for the bike to warm up. The engine whirrs quietly into life and pulls cleanly even from cold. The clutch action is extremely light, as is the gearchange.


Riding the Street Scrambler is simplicity itself. The upright riding position gives a commanding view of the road ahead, with light steering that’s plenty agile around town. On open roads it’s very relaxing to ride at legal speeds and far more composed than the old Scrambler it replaces. Triumph has fitted Metzeler Tourance tyres for their off road look and although they are not quite as composed as the Pirelli Phantom Sportscomps that adorn the other models in their classic line-up they offer more than adequate grip and feedback.


Although it’s more an off-road bike in look and name than it is in reality, the Street Scrambler is more than capable of taking on fire roads and light dirt tracks. Triumph has made the ABS and traction control easy to disable. Switch them off and it can be good fun on those light dirt trails.


Triumph Street Scrambler Engine


This is no lightweight. At a claimed 213kg dry (without fuel and other fluids) it’s a lot heavier than Ducati’s interpretation of the 1960’s scrambler, which is undoubtedly the main competitor to the Brit contender. The Italian bike is also faster and more powerful. With just 54bhp on tap, the Street Scrambler has a really mellow engine that drives nicely from low rpm, with maximum torque (a hefty 80Nm) delivered at just 2850rpm. An A2 licence version is also available, for younger riders who are restricted to 47bhp machines.


Where the Triumph stands out from the competition is in its beautiful build and detailing. It’s not to say that the others are shoddy, but the Triumph has an elegant class about it. It feels sturdy and well built and features some really clever engineering to keep the traditional look on this modern design. Almost every single water hose and electrical sensor is hidden away so that they don’t detract from the classic lines, while even the catalytic converter is neatly packaged in a way that it can’t be seen. It’s clever stuff, and shows that Triumph really thinks about what buyers of these classically styled bikes want. It’s also worth noting that the Street Scrambler positively sips fuel and has generous 10,000 miles service intervals.


Authenticity is probably the best way to describe it. Where some other manufacturers may simply chuck some new parts at an existing model to cash in on a hot trend, the Triumph feels like it is more than just a part bin special. It’s not just about the name on the tank. From the aforementioned packaging and the way that the electronics can be switched off, through to the fact that the Street Twin frame has been modified to take all the off-road style accessories, with the Triumph you are buying the real deal.


It’s not cheap. At £8900, it’s over £1500 more than the base Ducati Scrambler and experienced riders may seek out more performance than the Triumph can deliver. For the target audience though, the Triumph Street Scrambler is a quality option that’s easy to ride and will draw plenty of admiring glances.


Alternatives: Ducati’s Scrambler range also have a premium badge on the tank and offer more performance for less money, albeit at the expense of some refinement. In many ways the Street Scrambler’s main competition comes from within Triumph’s own range, with the Bonneville T100 roadster and sporty Street Cup using the same 900cc motor and priced within a few hundred pounds of the off-road styled variant.





Two cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single overhead camshaft, eight-valves






40kW (54bhp) @6000rpm


80Nm @ 2850rpm


41mm telescopic forks






12 litres

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