Triumph revealed its new-for-2019 Scrambler 1200 at a swanky event at London’s ExCeL centre earlier this week, with two versions of the 89bhp 1200cc parallel-twin due to go on sale in the new year.
Despite the retro looks, the new Scramblers are full of cutting edge technology and promise to have genuine off-road capability – a fact demonstrated at the launch event, where a number of international journalists and racers put the XE version through its paces on a man-made motocross course.
The ‘standard’ Scrambler 1200 is the XC version, which already packs a big punch on its spec sheet, with cool TFT instruments, five rider modes, keyless ignition and the option of a Bluetooth controlled system that allows the rider to control a GoPro video camera to be controlled through the switchgear – the first time such technology has appeared on a motorcycle.
Both bikes run 21” front wheels, however the hard core XE adds long travel suspension, complete with Ohlins rear shock, which adds 30mm to the XC’s 840mm seat height. The top spec bike also has IMU-controlled cornering ABS and traction control, an additional (off-road) riding mode, heated grips, hand guards and adjustable off-road style footpegs. The XE also has slightly different frame geometry, with a longer wheelbase and increased rake. Both bikes use a reengineered version of the ‘high torque’ engine that features in the current Bonneville and Thruxton models. This version delivers stronger grunt lower down the rev range, delivering a peak of 110Nm of torque at just 3950rpm.
Two colour options are available for each version: two-tone black or green combinations for the XC, and white/green or blue/black combinations for the XE. As we’ve come to expect from Triumph, a comprehensive list of accessories (over 80) have been developed for the new models, with two ‘inspiration’ kits created to take the Scrambler 1200 in different directions. The ‘Escape’ kit adds panniers and screen for more touring practicality, while the ‘Extreme’ variant creates a more stripped back, off-road, look with high front mudguard, handlebar brace and Arrow silencer.
Triumph says that it will announce the pricing for the new 1200s on December 14, but expect them to start in line with the likes of the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Ducati Scrambler 1100, at around £11,000.
The Scrambler 1200s join the 900cc Street Scrambler in the range, with the smaller bike getting more power, switchable riding modes and updated suspension for 2019.