a few kilometers into the ride I realised the new Triumph Street Scrambler is
one extremely versatile bike. The bike gets almost all the right equipment to enable
it for the road and beyond.
900cc, Parallel Twin, Liquid cooled, 8-valve, SOHC
5 speed Manual
KYB 41mm Forks, 120mm Travel
KYB Twin Shocks, 120mm Travel
Single Disc 310mm 2 pot caliper
Single Disc 255mm 2 pot caliper
Triumph Street Scrambler is a modified version of the Bonneville Street Twin. Aesthetically
it looks better carrying forward a rough and macho appeal. Some noticeable additions
on the Street Scrambler are the two into two scrambler style exhaust setup, an
engine bash plate and beefy Metzeler Tourance tyres. To be described accurately,
the Street Scrambler is one part retro, one part modish and one part rugged. It
also gets purposeful detailing and minimalistic looks.
a closer look one can notice many other more meaningful changes which have been
implemented on the Street Scrambler, the first being, a 19 inch front wheel
which is bigger than the one on the Street Twin. Additions like machined foot
pegs and brake lever don't just add to the rough road look of the bike but also
improves grip while riding off road. Triumph has also added an interchangeable
pillion seat and aluminum rear rack to improve the utility aspect of the
changes which have been incorporated to improve the ride are wider handlebars.
Triumph has also improved the suspension setup on the bike. The Street
Scrambler gets KYB 41mm forks in the front with 120mm of travel and KYB twin
shocks in the rear with 120mm of travel. Rider seat height on the Street
Scrambler is also higher than the Street Twin. The rider seat is 40mm higher,
set at 790mm but that does not hinder the riding comfort too much and will
still be quite accessible for the average rider. In terms of kit the Street
Scrambler has also been equipped with Ride-by-Wire and a torque assist clutch.
the Street Scrambler is the same 900cc twin cylinder engine which does its duty
on the Street Twin and the Bonneville T100. The parallel twin motor is not in
the same state of tune as the Street Twin. Peak torque of 78.84Nm comes in
quicker at 3050rpm while peak power of 54bhp comes in a tad bit later at
6000rpm. These simple changes do not dilute the pure motorcycling pleasure
derived from the British twin cylinder motor. The Street Scrambler may not be
the quickest of the lot but it definitely gets enough muscle to keep you coming
back for more.
road the Street Scrambler is quite well mannered and Triumph has added the
right kit to ensure unfiltered performance. The bike gets switchable ABS and
switchable traction control which can be turned off to enjoy this motorcycle’s
abilities off the beaten path. The engine has been mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Shifts are quite crisp and the engine goes through the first two gears pretty
quickly. The third, fourth and fifth are marginally taller and revving up on
highways truly feels liberating to the soul. What makes things more pleasurable
is the meaty grunt from the exhaust.
Metzeler Tourance tyres on the Street Scrambler come with a block pattern, the
ride on tarmac is quite smooth and sure footed but the real fun begins off
road. Take the Scrambler down a beaten path and the 120mm of travel in both
suspensions and the larger 19inch wheel upfront will make the world of
difference. Not to forget also is the grip provided by the tyres in slushy
situations. The machined foot pegs do well in helping you keep a good hold over
the motorcycle and the ground clearance is enough to clear most obstacles.
While riding off road the underbody bash plate is definitely a handy addition
and can save you in some sticky situations. The suspension travel also proves
handy while riding over bad roads and the tuning is just right to ensure you
get adequate control.
tar, the ABS and traction control combined with a well engineered disc brake
setup ensures adequate safety for the rider. The braking is progressive and
lacks no bite keeping the rider is always in control. Speaking of control, the
rider also gets taller and wider handlebars which are a boon while riding off
road and also improve the riding posture while on tarmac. Triumph has managed
to keep the weight of the Street Scrambler restricted to 206kgs which
translates into a breezy ride.
Triumph Street Scrambler is an immensely
capable motorcycle which is not just easy to ride on tarmac but also on some
jungle trails. The only hiccup we had with bike was mild heat emanating from
the silencer which sits right under your thigh.
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