It was sometime earlier during this year when a test mule of the Triumph Scrambler 1200 was spotted undergoing a few road tests. Since then it was clear that Triumph wants to expand its Scrambler range of products to add a few more pages in its product catalog. Now, new reports suggest that Triumph might introduce an ‘R’ variant of the Scrambler 1200.
Lately, Triumph has been launching new products in different variants. Consider the Street Triple. It has two variants – S and RS. Similarly, there are two variants of the Thruxton – a base model called just Thruxton and a higher-end model that carries a suffix ‘R’ to its name.
So it is quite possible that Triumph would introduce two variants of its Scrambler 1200 – a base model and an ‘R’ model. Of course, there will be certain differences between these two. For example, we can expect better suspension setup – Ohlins inverted forks up front with long travel, and twin setup at the rear. Triumph might also implement better brakes on the ‘R’ variant.
On the contrary, the base model of the Scrambler 1200 would feature suspension system from KYB, and braking duties would be handled by Nissin. There would be more differences to justify the price of the two motorcycles.
The thing that will remain same on both the Scrambler 1200 models is the engine. Triumph will be using a 1200cc, twin-cylinder engine, that is being used in the Speedmaster, Thruxton, and Bobber range of motorcycles. It is a trustable engine, and it is fair that Triumph is using it to power the new Scramblers.
Being a Scrambler, it should have minimal bodywork. Triumph would take design clues from its current Scrambler 900. Single-piece handlebar, bash plate, dual-purpose tires, a larger 21-inch front wheel, high-mounted exhaust system, etc., can be borrowed.
There is no word from Triumph regarding the launch date of the new Scrambler 1200. It is being anticipated that we can get to see the new motorcycles up on the display during the 2018 EICMA show sometime later this year.