2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE Models Unveiled
When Triumph rejuvenated the Scrambler name in 2006, the 865cc twin-cylinder 900 Scrambler targeted a hip audience rather than the racer type.The bike remained relatively unchanged until 2017. That year, the Hinckley-based brand updated the motorcycle to feature its new liquid-cooled 900cc parallel twin transplanted from the Street Twin. The result was dubbed the Street Scrambler.
The motorcycle was welcomed by street-bound riders who were not interested in tackling anything more difficult than a groomed dirt road.Now, Triumph has released the details of its performance-forward Scrambler—a motorcycle that many Triumph enthusiasts have craved. Meet the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200, which is available in XC and more dirt-worthy XE versions.We’re looking forward to riding the new Scrambler 1200 models, but until then here are our First Look Fast Facts.
Both the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE arrive with a retuned 1200cc engine that was borrowed from the latest generation Bonneville. The Scrambler 1200 is more powerful than other 1200cc Triumphs, creating 89 horsepower at 7400 rpm. This is 12.5 percent more powerful than the Bonneville T120, and 38 percent more powerful than the smaller displacement Street Scrambler. In terms of torque, the Scrambler 1200 is tuned to deliver more torque in the lower and mid-range; it produces 81 ft/lbs at 3950 rpm—37.5 percent more than the Street Scrambler. Service intervals are now 10,000 miles.
2. Both models are equipped with fully adjustable longer-travel Öhlins rear suspension, including piggy-back reservoirs, for optimal off-road performance. The XC version has nearly eight inches of travel, and the XE gets nearly 10 inches of travel.3. The 2019 Scrambler 1200 models have five riding modes – Road, Rain, Off-Road, Sport and Rider – that adjust the throttle response, ABS, and traction control. The XE version also receives a sixth Off-Road Pro mode that turns off ABS and traction control, and uses the off-road throttle map.4. The XE version features a more advanced Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that provides cornering ABS and corner traction control. The IMU takes constant measurements of roll, pitch, yaw, lean angle, and acceleration rates, responding with appropriate active adjustments to enhance performance and safety.5. The Scrambler 1200 XC features switchable ABS. Each of its three modes is selected manually via the configurable Rider mode. It also features switchable traction control with the five rider modes.6. The Scrambler 1200s both get a torque assist clutch. This provides a lighter feel to the clutch.7. The new 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200s are equipped with a full-color TFT instrument gauge that can be fully personalized. There’s even a clever start-up screen message that mentions the owner’s name.8. LED lighting is all around for the new Scrambler 1200, including a five-inch headlight, taillight, and turn signals. LED daytime running lights are also standard on both XC and XE models.9. The control switches on the new Scrambler 1200 are now easier to navigate at night due to LED backlighting.10. Other highlights of both 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 models include:
Heated grips (standard on XE; accessory on XC)
11. The 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE and XC also have an industry-first integrated GoPro control system, which is operated by a Bluetooth accessory. The connection and control is displayed on the TFT instruments, enabling video and photo operation via the switchgear.12. The XE version gets model-unique styling features. Check out the aluminum-braced hand guards, Brembo MCS lever, silver handlebar finish with black anodized risers and clamp, and gold fork legs.13. Both Scramblers are available in a choice of two two-tone color schemes. The XC gets Jet Black and Matt Black, plus Khaki Green and Brooklands Green. XE owners choose between Fusion White and Brooklands Green or Cobalt Blue and Jet Black. The MSRP for the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200s has not yet been announced.
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler XE Specs
Parallel twin w/ 270° crank
Bore x stroke
97.6 x 80.0mm
89 horsepower @ 7400 rpm
81 ft/lbs @ 3950 rpm
SOHC; 8 valves
Brushed 2-into-2 exhaust system w/ brushed silencers
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!