People often think that all the neo-retro scramblers into market are just styling exercises for hipsters and that they are useless off-road. Another great video by the Bike Shed here below answers the question with regards to the brilliant Triumph Street Scrambler. I have taken mine off-road as well. Although not a real dirt bike, it definitely has the go-anywhere capabilities that I look for in this kind of bike. Fire roads, dirt tracks, forest trails, farm tracks etc… this bike can definitely do it. I would draw the line at single track, or more trials type off-road as for that the bike is just too heavy.
I thought a share a good video from another happy Triumph Street Scrambler owner and he is none other than Dutch Van Someren, the founder of the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club in London. He loves it and has done some good mods to the bike. I know because I have done some of the same, notably the shocks and that great exhaust ;-). Check it out:
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 :