So in a recent fit of desperation and frustration I became the owner of not one but two bikes. One of those bikes is a 2013 Triumph Scrambler.
I have only owned the bike a week and people are constantly stopping me to ask about it. How old it is, what is it, who makes it etc. Most people think it’s an original Triumph complete with smoke filled Lucas Electrics wiring and push me home feature of the past. This version of Triumph’s Bonneville motorcycles began in 2001 as a 796 CC engined motorcycle with a displacement bump to 865 and minor redesign in 2006.
The Scrambler is a true throwback model to what was popular in the 1960’s and 70’s. These Enduro, or what’s now called Dual Sport, motorcycles were built to handle any terrain and be a fun lightweight motorcycle with good all around power. The modern Triumph Scrambler still retains much of that ease of use but adds modern touches like fuel injection, adjustable levers, and modern radial tires. Using Triumph’s 865 CC parallel twin, albeit with a modified 270 degree firing order, the Scrambler is equipped with a versatile bullet proof engine making about 57 HP. The 270 degree firing order is used to give it more controllable power pulse for off road use and is similar to a traditional V-Twin firing order. Built with high exit pipes, dirt bike style handlebars, Bridgestone Trail Wing tires standard, and a seat as flat as a pancake griddle there is no doubt about what the Scrambler is meant to do.
The bike makes me smile every time I ride it. With the caveat that I am not sitting in Maryland traffic. The air/oil cooled twin gets hot, the high pipe does nothing to help this condition and the latest heat index has been around 100 degrees. Not really conducive to staying cool in any scenario but even worse on a motorcycle. It handles nicely, it stops well, it is so easy to just throw around and really enjoy riding the back roads around the area.
While the Scrambler does most things well it does have some shortcomings. The steering gets some head shake when pushed hard. The brakes are a bit wooden feeling and could use a pad upgrade to start. The pipes are great but very quiet and people seem to think I don’t exist on the road, so a little noise is in order. There is no carrying capability and no crash protection. All of these will be addressed in the coming months and I will chronicle it all here. In the meantime enjoy the pictures and keep the rubber on the road!