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ADV BikesTriumph Unveils New Off-Road Focused Scrambler 1200

Triumph Unveils New Off-Road Focused Scrambler 1200

Two new Scrambler 1200 models take the category to a whole new level!

Published on 10.24.2018

After months of speculation and leaked photos, it’s now official! Today Triumph revealed their new line of off-road-oriented Scramblers – the Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler 1200 XE. These all-new Triumphs represent a first for dual-purpose capability in the Scrambler category, delivering modern performance and features fused with iconic Scrambler DNA. The Scrambler 1200s are essentially modern classics with all the capability of a legitimate adventure motorcycle.

The new Scrambler 1200 models are built to deliver excellent handling and performance on any road. Packed with high-spec components and state-of-the-art technology, these new models take the ‘modern’ Scrambler category Triumph started in 2006 to a whole new level.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 Adventure Motorcycle
The Scrambler 1200 XE features optimized cornering, traction control, 6 ride modes, 250mm front and rear adjustable Showa and Ohlins suspension and more.

Two new Triumph Scrambler 1200 Variants

• Scrambler 1200 XC – built with an all-road & off-road focus
• Scrambler 1200 XE – built to be just as great on the road but with even greater off-road capability


Two all-new models comprise the Triumph Scrambler 1200 line-up. The Scrambler 1200 XC, which is built for the road and for real off-road riding fun, and the range-topping Scrambler 1200 XE, which takes the specification and off-road capability to an even higher level.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 Adventure Motorcycle
The Scrambler 1200 XC features a lower suspension compared to the XE variant at 200mm front and rear.

Adventure Motorcycle

Both new Scramblers have the same 1200cc powerplant and tune but the XE gets a higher level of spec components and electronics, along with off-road enhancements. Features exclusive to the XE include: optimized cornering ABS and traction control, facilitated by an inertial measurement unit (IMU); longer suspension travel (9.8 in vs 7.9 in front and rear); adjustable gold Showa USD forks; Öhlins rear shocks; Six Ride Modes (Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road, Rider-Config, and Off-Road Pro); adjustable folding foot controls, heated grips, aluminum-braced hand guards, Brembo MCS lever and several unique styling accents. Seat height for the XC is 33.1 in (840 mm), while the taller suspension on the XE raises the seat height to 34.3 in (870 mm).

Adventure Motorcycle

Adventure Motorcycle

Performance & Equipment

  • 1200cc parallel-twin engine, with 270° crank
  • Powerplant delivering 89 HP @ 7,400 rpm and 81 ft-lbs @ 3,950 rpm
  • State-of-the-art technology including:
    – 2nd generation TFT instruments
    – 6 riding modes, including Off-Road Pro on the XE
    – Optimized cornering ABS and cornering traction control on the XE
    – IMU and fully integrated technology system
    – All LED lighting, including signature DRL headlight
    – Intuitive switch cubes & 5-way joystick
    – Illuminated backlit switches
    – Torque-assist clutch
    – Keyless ignition
    – Cruise control
    – USB charging socket
    – Heated grips as standard on the XE and accessory fitted on the XC
    – World’s first motorcycle integrated GoPro control system
    – Triumph’s first turn-by-turn navigation system and BT phone/music operation

Adventure Motorcycle

Adventure Motorcycle

High-Spec Equipment

  • Öhlins first-in-class long travel fully adjustable RSU
  • Showa fully adjustable long travel forks
  • Brembo twin M50 radial monobloc front calipers
  • Crafted long-travel aluminium swingarm
  • Dedicated Scrambler frame
  • Folding foot controls, adjustable on the XE
  • High-specification side laced wheels
  • Category-first 21” front wheel, with adventure focused tubeless tires
  • Pirelli Scorpion Rally Tires

Scrambler 1200 Powerplant

Both new Scramblers deliver category leading torque and a dedicated ‘scrambler tune’ courtesy of the latest generation Bonneville High Power 1200cc engine. The charismatic 270° firing interval ensures a smooth, linear power delivery from the slick six-speed gearbox. Evolved specifically for the Scrambler engine offers 12.5% more power than the Bonneville T120 and an incredible 38% more than the 2019 Street Scrambler.

Additionally, the Scrambler 1200 power plant is tuned to deliver ‘high torque’ off-road and on, low down and across the mid-range. This is also greater that the Street Scrambler by 37.5%. Delivering the Scrambler soundtrack is a beautifully crafted twin high level exhaust system with stainless steel headers and brushed stainless steel silencers for a deep punchy scrambler sound.

Adventure Motorcycle

The Scrambler 1200 engine delivers modern performance with ride-by-wire, as well as a sensitively incorporated liquid cooling system for enhanced performance and cleaner, more fuel efficient riding. Both Scrambler 1200 models also feature a high first major service interval of 10,000 miles/16,000 km.

Ready to Be Personalized

The new Scrambler 1200 models offer classic style and high-level fit and finish. They are also built to be personalized with 80+ Scrambler accessories and two inspiration kits. The ‘Escape’ inspiration kit, includes a luggage set-up for touring, while the ‘Extreme’ inspiration kit, provides a more off-road focused set-up.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 Adventure Motorcycle
The Scrambler 1200 with the “Extreme” inspirational kit.

Refreshing News for the Segment

It’s good to see new variations of capable dual sport models entering the market. A refreshing change for a Scrambler segment that has been comprised primarily of style-focused models with limited off-road capability. With its lighter weight (456 pounds dry) chassis and beefy suspension components sporting 9.8 inches of suspension travel, we expect the new Scrambler 1200 XE will be a real performer on the trail. There also appears to be a significant amount of rider aids and technology that will make these bikes easier to ride and more capable of traveling on longer journeys.

Pricing and availability will be announced in December. We look forward to getting our hands on a test unit for a full evaluation. Stay tuned!

Scrambler 1200 Specs

Triumph Scrambler 1200 Adventure Motorcycle

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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October 24, 2018 6:29 pm

They need to raise that front fender.

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
October 25, 2018 8:00 am
Reply to  jeknow

You can get it with a high front fender. Check out the photo shown in the article with the ‘extreme’ kit option.

Riaan Sauls
Riaan Sauls
October 29, 2018 6:50 am

Will the small fuel tank, lack of touring screen, heavy weight and that small low fender even on the extreme kit not hinder it as a true scrambler and or adventure bike. The cost of parts repairs if you do fall might be astronomical.

Mark P.
Mark P.
October 29, 2018 4:23 pm
Reply to  Riaan Sauls

What is important is the range which is pretty good at around 300 miles per tank. Also this bike is lighter than many mid weight adventure bikes and sports suspension most adventure bikes would envy.

Joel Fairstein
Joel Fairstein
October 30, 2018 3:39 am

Another 450-pound overpowered, overpriced scrambler? What happened to the lightweight, maneuverable, real-world bikes of yore that you could thrash around?

John Brekke
John Brekke
November 16, 2018 4:20 pm
Reply to  Joel Fairstein

Go get a DR650 or XL650. Problem solved.

John Brekke
John Brekke
November 16, 2018 4:18 pm

My DR650 is a better “scrambler” than this over priced, over optioned and over weight pig.


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