Triumph’s Scrambler 1200 updated for 2021

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Words: NZ Autocar
15 Apr 2021

A few weeks ago, Triumph dropped the skinny on its freshened Bonneville family range, only there was nothing on the Scrambler 1200. That’s because it wasn’t quite ready then but it is now and they’ve released details of the new three-strong range comprising XC, XE & Steve McQueen edition. The latter is a limited edition model, each of the 1000 numbered and etched with a SM signature.

All models are powered by the updated Euro 5 1200cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that features lower emissions, thanks in part to an updated Euro 5 exhaust. Expect the same distinctive Scrambler soundtrack but without the leg roasting.

In spite of the new emissions status, peak power of 66kW is the same as before, developed at 7250rpm while maximum torque of 110Nm arrives at a convenient 4500rpm. The 270º crank angle, SOHC status and four-valve head means unchanged performance, but fuel use evidently falls to 4.6L/100km. With a 16L tank, expect a touring range of around 350km.

The XE model gets top specification billing, with a full-colour TFT dash, six riding modes, including Off-Road Pro, fully adjustable Öhlins long-travel rear suspension and Showa USD forks, twin Brembo M50 callipers with cornering ABS and TC. There are five different TC modes, while ABS can be switched to road, off-road or off entirely.

XE additionally gets handguards, Brembo’s multi-click system brake lever, silver handlebar finish and gold-coloured forks. Wait there’s more, including a lighter action torque-assist clutch, keyless ignition, cruise control, and 5V USB power socket. More than 70 Triumph accessories allow plenty of scope for personalisation.

The XC is the more affordable model, but still gets 45mm Showa USD forks and Öhlins adjustable twin rear shocks, five riding modes, and switchable ABS and traction control. Handlebars that are 65mm wider can be adjusted for height and it’s a similar deal for folding foot controls.

The third iteration is the Steve McQueen Scrambler with a unique paint scheme, and it incorporates the XE model specifications and 2021 updates. Special features include an aluminium radiator guard, Triumph brown seat, and engine protector bars.

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