A Street Scram named desire……
Hot on the heels of the Ducati Desert Sled comes Triumphs new entry into the current scrambler craze.
Now Triumph are obviously not new to this sector, the previous 865cc air-cooled T100 model hit the showrooms back in 2006, and has been a massive success for the Hinckley based company. I have to make a confession and say that it was my favourite model in the air-cooled Bonneville range. The new Street Scrambler might just continue that…..
Being a Street Twin owner myself, I know what an improvement the Bonneville is over the outgoing model. The move to water cooled motors might upset the purists, but emissions regulations are getting tougher to hit, so its an inevitable trend. What Triumph managed to do though is keep the classic aircooled aesthetics, whilst delivering all the benefits of the new technology. The new bikes feel punchier, smoother and more comfortable to ride, so the new Street Scrambler should be a significant step up.
The look is spot on, high level two into one exhaust, spoked wheels (19 inch front, 17 inch rear) shod with suitably chunky ‘dual sport’ tyres. The single seat with either ‘pillion pad’ or rack option is a really nice touch, as is the subtle bash plate and blacked out components. Engine wise its the same offering as the Street Twin, which after a year on the road seems to be devoid of any notable problems (fuel harness recall aside). So smooth torqueinessis the order of the day.
Much like my article on the Ducati Desert Sled, I won’t get a chance to sling a leg over it until the demo bikes hit the dealers, so in the same fashion as before, click here to see what those fine fellows over at The Bike Shed thought when they brapped around the Spanish countryside at the press launch.
I’m looking forward to giving this a go…be interesting to see if it feels much different to my beloved Street Twin……….