Triumph is expanding its Modern Classics lineup of motorcycles with the introduction of the new Scrambler 1200. It will be sold as an alternative to the Ducati Scrambler 1100.
Looks like the Land Of Joy has many other manufacturers sit up and take notice. Ducati’s launch and subsequent success of the Scrambler series of motorcycles announced to the world that the neo-retro motorcycle was back. Following up the family of 800cc Scramblers with the massive 1100, Ducati now suddenly has a lot of other manufacturers, er, scrambling to come up with their own iteration of the popular genre of cosmetically off-road motorcycles.
BMW Motorrad already sells the R Nine T Scrambler 1200, and with Ducati joining the liter-plus classic motorcycle fray, it was only a matter of time before Triumph got a brainwave of stuffing the Street Scrambler with its own HT 1200 engine. So come October, Triumph will launch the Scrambler 1200, finally completing its family of Modern Classics.
It is worth noting that this will not be an off-road motorcycle like a Scrambler is supposed to be. Then again, it does not have to be. Triumph is very clear about the role of its heritage models and states that all the bikes that come under the family hark back to an era of simpler motorcycling. As such the new classics carry forward the visual appeal of the bikes of old, remaining thoroughly modern underneath.
The new Triumph Scrambler in question shows off a round headlamp, long travel suspension, off-road looking tyres, and a wide bash plate. The Street Scrambler 900 had long forks but only offered five inches of travel, so we expect the 1200 to offer the same or slightly more. Torque figure should remain unchanged for the high-torque 1200cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine, standing at 106 Nm at 4,000 RPM. Simply put, you won’t need more pull than this for your bike.
Triumph will launch the Scrambler 1200 on October 24th.