It was a Triumph that Steve McQueen so famously rode in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and for today’s scrambler-style enthusiasts, Triumph’s latest production version, produced from 2006 to 2016, has always epitomized what a scrambler should look like. With the release of the new crop of liquid-cooled bikes like the Street Twin earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before the Scrambler got an update.
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For 2017, Triumph has announced the Street Scrambler, built around the Street Twin’s 900cc “High Torque” liquid-cooled parallel twin. It’s important to note, however, that the Street Scrambler isn’t just a Street Twin with fork gaiters and high-mount exhaust. The chassis was designed specifically for the Street Scrambler, placing the footpegs in an optimum position for off-road riding and enabling the fitment of longer rear shocks. The front forks and rear shocks are model-specific (no other details have been provided), and the ride height has been increased.
The Street Scrambler rides on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels, shod with Metzeler Tourance dual-sport tires. The standard ABS and traction control are switchable for off-road use. A flat solo bench seat and aluminum rear rack are standard, with a passenger seat included that can be swapped for the rack. Passenger footpegs and hangers are also removable. Grippy off-road footpegs, rubber knee pads and a skid plate are all included.
The instrument cluster is comprised of a dual-clock display incorporating speed, engine rpm, gear position, odometer and tripmeter, fuel range, fuel level, fuel consumption data, a clock and traction control settings.
Following the trends and demands of today’s riders, the Street Scrambler was designed to be ready for customization. Triumph will offer more than 150 accessories for the Street Scrambler that will accentuate its off-road character and everyday usability.
You can get your first look at the new Street Scrambler on Triumph’s Brutal Beauty Tour, which will be making stops at more than 50 cities in the US and Canada. Visit fortheadventure.com for details.
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These Rider Magazine feeds are great, keep them coming! But, isn’t combining the notion of “First Look” and “Review” a tad contradictory? First Look (even though nobody from Rider publication seems to have actually looked at the machine) is one thing. However, given the absence of physical contact with the object under discussion, what is being actually “reviewed”? While these Rider Magazine First Look Reviews are not pure advertising, it may be too close to advertising for comfort. So, given the available data and the business side of publication, what’s a magazine to do?
One simple suggestion: In addition to what readers are being fed in First Look Reviews, add a Five Good Questions section. Based on what is known about the bike after it’s been “looked at” and “reviewed” get the Rider experts to ask five questions that they themselves would like to answer pending further investigation of the product. Let’s face it, the folks at Rider know motorcycles – they know what they want to know and they know what readers ought to know – or at least wonder about. So, what the experts want to know would likely be of interest to most readers. As it stands, I’m grateful for the First Looks, but I’d rather have useful questions about a motorcycle than opinions based on what the manufacturer wants us to know about their products.
Shame they have not moved the rear caliper out of danger?
Why has the tank dropped below four gallons? Really? Gas stations are a sad place to spend your riding time.