Triumph Street Scrambler

The Triumph Street Scrambler sits neatly in the middle of the top three modern scramblers on the market, yet it is in no way a compromise machine.

Compared with the BMW Scrambler and Ducati Scrambler, the Triumph claims the middle ground on price, performance and weight. Yet it is perhaps the best-balanced bike with benchmark suspension, excellent traction control, a smooth and usable engine, light clutch and precise transmission, and one of the best anti-lock braking systems on dirt roads.

The Triumph Street Scrambler costs $15,900 plus on-roads in Jet Black and Khaki Green, and $16,100 plus on-roads for the Korosi Red and Frozen Silver livery, which compares with the BMW starting at $19,150 and Ducati from $12,990.

It is powered by a 900cc parallel twin engine which has a good balance of power and rideability. Coupled with a light clutch and precise five-speed transmission, the Scrambler is a delight to use in heavy traffic.

On our test in a variety of conditions, the bike returned fuel economy of 3.8 litres/100km which exactly matches their claimed figure. Even with a smaller 12-litre tank, range is still more than 300km.

The switchgear is good quality, the instruments have a comprehensive range of information, the footpegs have removable rubber inserts for riding in the dirt and the two-piece seat has a nice suede-look covering.

Suspension is well set up for a mixture of all-road surfaces with a slightly plush initial stroke, yet firm enough to avoid bottoming out on big hits or two-up. It also feels much more alive, lithe and flickable than the old Triumph Scrambler, probably because it is 24kg lighter.

Fast facts

  • Power: 40.5kW @ 6000rpm
  • Torque: 80Nm @ 2850rpm
  • Transmission: wet, multi-plate assist clutch, 5-speed, chain drive, clutch assist
  • Chassis: Tubular steel cradle frame
  • Tyres: 100/90-19; 150/70 R17
  • Suspension: KYB 41mm forks, 120 mm travel; KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm travel
  • Dry weight: 206kg

Story by Mark Hinchliffe.