The 2012 Triumph Scrambler harkens back to the days when stripped-down desert sleds of the 1960s were in vogue. Fast forward to today and you have an off-road traveler that likewise boasts of a modern road-based package.
The Scrambler takes its inspiration from those old Triumph ISDT machines that were once famously ridden by Steve McQueen with its classic styling dominated by twin high-level exhausts, designed to provide maximum ground clearance on rough terrain.
The design of the bike is pretty old school, only adding to its modern-day appeal. The utilitarian style is highlighted by the two simple single-color options, with a new Matte Black option joining the popular military-style Matte Khaki Green. Likewise, the spoked wheels with lightly knobbed tires, high footrests, rugged fork gaiters and wide, off-road style handlebars give a further nod to the Scrambler’s off-road heritage. Then there are items such as headlight grills, skid plate, and number boards, all of which adds even further resemblance to the ISDT models of the 60’s.
Powering the Scrambler is a unique version of Triumph’s 865cc parallel-twin engine. Designed outwardly to look like a classic 1960s twin, this DOHC eight-valve unit is a low-maintenance modern engine developed to meet the most stringent emissions regulations.
The fuel-injected twin delivers a laid-back output of 58 brake horsepower and 50 lb/ft of torque at just 4,750 rpm, making the Scrambler a versatile ride that can tackle a number of riding conditions. With its 270-degree crankshaft, the Scrambler takes on a totally different character to the other models in Triumph’s classic range, producing a totally addictive off-beat soundtrack which can be cranked up a notch and enjoyed just like those old mavens that used to run wild on the roads and highways of the world.
Find out more about the Triumph Scrambler after the jump. Full story
The Triumph Scrambler is an everyday reminder of how off-road bikes used to be built in the past and as a 2010 model year is even better with the fuel injection and a new color range that reflects more of the model’s abilities from the very first look taken at it.
Powerful, reliable, but most of all versatile, the original British idea of an all around motorcycle remains strong on today’s competitive market and such a statement is not to be neglected. Full story
We rarely get to see an Italian fingerprint on a British bike, so when we heard about the Triumph Scrambler special recently launched by TPR, a Milan-based firm, we simply had to find out more about it. And we did. This Urban Scrambler, which is reminiscent of the 50’s and 60’s, is actually built around the classic Bonneville chassis, but receives its juice from an 800cc twin cylinder engine. This should keep the company’s first production special more than interesting for customers a long time after being purchased.
While we may not know if the great majority of those customers will be from Italy or GB, we do know they’ll most likely be attracted by the high-level dual exhaust (one pipe on each side), polished number boards and detailed finish.
Like any self-respecting special, TPR’s Triumph Scrambler comes with a price tag that positions it right on the thin edge between decently-priced and expensive: €14,000 ($19,779).
More information and pictures on the official TPR website. Full story
The Scrambler is Triumph’s idea on off-road machines. Given the fact that the manufacturer had long produced motorcycles and it couldn’t quite totally go apart from its iconic motorcycles, it decided to take advantage and bring life into the old.
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For 2006 the parallel twin-cylinder Scrambler adds a new twist to the Modern Classics range and is a fresh take on some iconic bikes from Triumph’s past. It’s a redefinition of the bikes made famous by 50’s thrill-seekers such as Steve McQueen, into a contemporary urban context.