The best Scrambler ?

It’s been a long time since I posted on this site.  Life just runs along and time flies.  I have however had a good year of riding with some nice European trips and some great events in the UK.

The topic of this post though is the new scrambler I have added to my garage since last February.  I bought a Triumph Street Scrambler in jet black and I have to say I absolutely love it.  I like the classic looks, the absolutely top notch finish, the ergonomics, the sound, the comfort, the electronics (switchable ABS and traction control).  It’s a great bike for in town due to a peppy motor with plenty of low and mid range torque (no top end and low on horsepower though).  It works great on faster roads as well as it’s very stable (also through bends).  This is probably due to it’s rather substantial weight (around 220 kg wet) although frankly it feels way lighter than this figure suggests.  It has the lightest clutch pull of any bike I have ever ridden. I like that it came with beautiful spoked wheels and a set of Metzeler Tourance tires that I have fallen in love with (they work beautifully in all conditions and even off road).  I think you’re getting my gist here: I love it.  As negatives, I would say that the front brake is not strong enough and this bike could do with a bit more power (55HP is nothing to write home about from a 900cc engine) even if what it has is beautifully delivered with all the torque you need where you need it.

I have ridden all the retro Scramblers on the market and I have to say this one is my favourite both to ride and to look at.  Motogeo not withstanding, I think this is the best “freedom machine” ! I will do a comparison with my Ducati Scrambler in a later post.

On the bike I bought, I had added initially as extras the centre stand (superb quality) and beautifully integrated heated grips that work a treat.  I added further mods later but more about that in a future post.  Here’s a picture of my bike when I bought it :

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The Freedom Machine

I have been a long time fan of Jamie Robinson and his MotoGeo channel.  His enthusiasm for Adventure motorcycling and his always positive friendly outlook make his channel a joy to watch and I am a very happy subscriber to his YouTube channel.  A little less than two years ago, he started an Indiegogo campaign to fund a longer film entitled “The Freedom Machine” about a trip on a Ducati Scrambler through Baja California and the people he meets along the way.  That film has finally come out and I have just had the pleasure to watch it.  It’s not a big departure from the typical MotoGeo fare just a bit more polished and produced (and obviously longer) but it’s absolutely worth  the 2.99$ he charges for it.  It will also definitely silence anyone who says the Scrambler isn’t a real scrambler :).  Here’s the trailer for the film :