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2018 Triumph Scrambler Review

2018 Triumph Scrambler

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2018 Triumph Scrambler: 


In the 1960s, far from civilisation and regular roads, stripped down desert bikes based on Triumph twins and fitted with high level exhausts, dirt bike tyres and suspension were being used for hard recreational fun and competition on tough terrain.

The Scrambler takes its inspiration from these very bikes.



Named to celebrate the 1956 motorcycle land speed record smashing Triumph streamliner and built to deliver class leading performance, adding twin carbs to the snarling Tiger 110, the 59 Bonneville was born. A race winner straight out of the crate, Bonneville was there at the birth of modern motorsport, winning AMA Flat Track races, the Isle of Man TT, the International Six Day Trials and countless Thruxton 500 races, where it got its legendary racing name. Lusted after by a generation of 60’s teenage rockers it was first choice for famous bikers including the iconic movie star Steve McQueen.



A new generation Bonneville engine family built specifically for the modern classic riding style, with more torque, more immediate and exciting power delivery and a richer sound you can really feel and hear. With three new engines – the 900cc high torque engine of the new Street Twin and Street Cup and Bonneville T100 and T100 Black – delivering 18% more peak torque than the previous generation, the 1200cc high torque engine of the Bonneville T120 and T120 Black with over 54% more torque, and the game changing 1200cc high power ‘Thruxton spec’ engine which punches out over 62% more than torque the previous Thruxton 900.

All with truly modern capability, including ride-by-wire, for sharper responsiveness and liquid cooling for amazing fuel economy, 36% improvement on the Bonneville T100 alone.



With our Bonneville custom accessories range presenting over 400 new stylish high quality parts, it’s never been easier to create your own custom. This includes exhausts from Vance & Hines and a garage full of custom inspired parts, from tail tidys to bench seats and beautiful compact bullet indicators to name only a few. To make it easier, we’ve also created a set of exciting ‘inspiration kits’ to use as the starting point building your own special or to have fitted by your Triumph dealer as a complete set all have been designed for individuality – including an aggressive city ‘Brat Tracker’ and more the more casual sporting ‘urban’ kit.




2018 Triumph Scrambler Key Features


•Iconic air cooled 865cc parallel-twin engine, 270º firing interval
•Distinctive high level stacked twin-exhausts
•Comfortable upright riding position with high and wide black-finished handlebars
•Off-road styled spoked rims, with “19 front wheel
•Chromed twin shocks with preload adjustability
•Rugged aluminium skid plate
•Characteristic ribbed seat
•Classic style rubber knee-pads
•Adjustable Brake and Clutch Levers



2018 Triumph Scrambler Features and Benefits


The Scrambler bike evokes the spirit of freedom and escape, carefree times when all you needed was a bike and somewhere to ride.



Just as desert racers and enduro riders in the 1960s took Triumph twins and personalised them for off-road fun and competition, we started out with the standard Bonneville and modified it to achieve the classic Scrambler look. At the same time we studied closely the original Triumph TR6C Trophy Special from the late 1960s, the bike which inspired the Scrambler’s high level exhausts.

The current Bonneville itself made its first appearance in 2001 when it was powered by the first 790cc version of the retro parallel twin, but when the Scrambler appeared in 2006 we fitted it with the latest 865cc engine, to achieve the strong torque at low revs we were after. After that it was a case of researching the archives and adding features to give the Scrambler its convincing 1960s style, while ensuring it still rode like a modern Triumph should.



In the 1960s, far from civilisation and regular roads, stripped down desert bikes based on Triumph twins and fitted with high level exhausts, dirt bike tyres and suspension were being used for hard recreational fun and competition on tough terrain. The Scrambler takes its inspiration from these custom bikes.

They were highly competitive and most famously were used by Hollywood superstar Steve McQueen for pleasure and in full competition, including the 1964 International Six Day Trial (ISDT) in East Germany. We built the Scrambler to evoke that spirit of freedom and escape, carefree times when all you needed was a bike and somewhere to ride.





For the Scrambler we retuned the 865cc eight-valve engine to give you more torque at very low revs. It peaks at a strong 68Nm at 4750rpm but keeps producing useful thrust much lower than that, with 90 per cent of its torque on tap from as low as 2500rpm.



Powered by a special version of our twin-cylinder Bonneville engine, the Scrambler is air-cooled and styled like the 1960s originals yet quietly bristling with 21st century technology to ensure it’s efficient, durable and easy to use.


Fuel Injection

It even looks as if it comes with old-style carburettors, but we’ve disguised the thoroughly modern fuel injection system, which along with the double overhead cams and contemporary internals makes this a highly fuel efficient, as well as engaging engine.


Riding Position

The riding position has its roots in off-roading too. We gave the Scrambler high and wide black finished handlebars and footrests raised for better ground clearance. It sits you tall and upright so you are in command either riding around town or cruising along in the country and enjoying the view. It also gives you fine control of the bike when you’re hustling it through corners and slipping through traffic because it’s so responsive, obedient and easy to control.

The traditional long, flat seat of the Scrambler not only looks the part, it means riders of all sizes can find the ideal position to sit just by sliding into the most comfortable place. This works for the passenger too. There’s plenty of room behind the rider without being forced into a single position – snuggle up or sit back, either is fine.



With the exhausts lifted high out of the way it’s possible to see the traditional tubular steel, twin cradle frame in all its glory. Classically styled but strong enough to meet modern handling expectations. The engine is bolted in to lend its own stiffness to the frame which creates a ride that’s light, predictable and completely engaging.



The pair of chromed shocks we put at the back look classic on the outside but are modern inside. Giving you balanced and effective damping for comfort and controlled handling. And the front forks wear traditional rubber bellows to protect against dirt, while the stubby front mudguard is just like those you would have fitted in the 1960s.


Brakes, Wheels and Tryes

Only wire spoke wheels would do for a classic like the Scrambler so that’s what we’ve fitted, now with eye-grabbing black hubs and rims. There’s a 19 inch diameter rim at the front to add to the authenticity and style. On those are block-treaded tyres, another nod towards the off-road look but with excellent on-road performance in all conditions.

We matched the Scrambler’s performance perfectly with a single front disc, providing progressive, confident stopping power without overwhelming you.

Key Accessories



Tachometer kit includes matching tacho with Triumph logo and all mounting hardware.


Engine Dresser Bars

Textured black with a durable finish the Engine Dresser Bars adds rugged protection to your Scrambler and completes the classic racer look.


Fuel Filler Cap Billet

For a personal touch of chrome add the Billet Fuel Cap which allows for easy fastening and removal thanks to its styling. Also check out the Lockable Fuel Filler Cap as a alternative replacement to the standard fuel cap.


Seat Option

Made to the highest standard, there are a variety of seats available on the Scrambler made to suit your riding needs.


Skid Plate

Alloy Skid Plate for the heritage race feel, clear anodised for durability.


Headlamp Grille

Chrome plated Headlamp Grille for the traditional ‘Classic Scrambler’ look. Provides protection for the headlight whilst adding to the retro appeal of the Scrambler.




2018 Triumph Scrambler – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 

See – 2018 Triumph Street Scrambler – New model




2018 Triumph Scrambler – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN

See – 2018 Triumph Street Scrambler – New model




2018 Triumph Scrambler – European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £7899 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Replaced with: – 2018 Triumph Street Scrambler – New model


Type      Air-Cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval

Capacity               865 cc

Bore Stroke        90 mm / 68 mm

Max Power EC   59 PS @ 6800 rpm 68 NM @ 4750 rpm

System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI

Exhaust                High level stainless steel headers with twin chromed silencers

Final drive           X ring chain

Clutch   Wet, multi-plate

Gearbox               5-speed

Frame   Tubular steel cradle

Swingarm            Twin-sided, tubular steel

Front Wheels     36-spoke 19 x 2.5in

Rear Wheels       40-spoke 17 x 3.5in

Front Tyres         100/90-19

Rear Tyres           130/80 R17

Front Suspension             KYB 41mm forks, 120mm travel

Rear Suspension               KYB chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 106mm rear wheel travel

Brakes Front       Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper

Brakes Rear        Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper

Instrument Display and Functions             Analogue speedometer with odometer and trip information.

Width Handlebars            860 mm

Height Without Mirror   1202 mm

Seat Height         825 mm

Wheelbase         1500 mm

Rake      27.8 º

Trail       105 mm

Dry Weight         214 Kg

Tank Capacity    16 L

Urban *                56 MPG

Constant Speed 56mph 90kph    72 MPG

Constant Speed 75mph 120kph 57 MPG




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