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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Debuts in Two Flavors

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We have been waiting for the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 for some time now, and the day is finally here that we get to see this heavyweight dual-sport.

The Triumph Scrambler 1200 comes in two flavors: the XC model (below) is more street-focused in its design, while the XE model (above) offers a more off-road oriented package for riders, along with more premium features.

Both bikes are based around the Bonneville’s “high power” 1,200cc parallel-twin engine, which means that the Triumph Scrambler 1200 makes 89hp and 81 lbs•ft of torque.

The Scrambler 1200 XC tips the scales at 452 lbs (dry), while the Scrambler 1200 XE model is four pounds heavier, at 456 lbs (dry) – making both bikes quite heavy for their stated purpose.

Showa forks and Öhlins rear shocks feature for the suspension, and both machines have tubeless wheels: 21″ up front, 17″ in the rear.

Braking up front is handled by dual Brembo 320mm discs and M50 calipers with switchable ABS (cornering ABS on the XE model).

While the bikes share and engine and many components, the chassis differ slightly, with the XE model having a slightly longer rake (26.9° compared to 25.8°), to aid off-road handling, as well as wider handlebars.

The Triumph Scrambler 1200 line features pretty heavily on technology, with the British brand offering a robust electronics suite for the machines. A full TFT dash controls things, and at the throttle there are five riding modes (plus one extra Off-Road Pro mode on the XE model).

Both bikes benefit from having traction control and ABS, but only the XE model gets an inertial measurement unit (IMU) from Continental, which means that it touts a cornering ABS feature and traction control settings based on lean angle.

Other niceties? Lighting is all LED, the ignition is keyless, and cruise control is standard. The XE model also gets heated grips as standard.

Upping the ante, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 is the first motorcycle to offer native support for GoPro cameras, straight from the dash, via the bike’s Bluetooth connection. The Scrambler 1200 models also bring to market Triumph’s first turn-by-turn navigation system.

There is no word on pricing yet for the USA, though Triumph says that we should know MSRPs by mid-December. Our sources tell us that the bikes will be priced competitively against the other machines in the market, which means roughly a $15,000 price tag.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Source: Triumph

Jensen Beeler

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