Triumph in the News

December 21st 2018: Triumph In The News 

It glides over bumps, digs into corners, wheelies off crests and generally flatters you, feeling less like a retro and more like an adventure bike with all its plastics ripped off – nimbler and less clumsy, but oh so capable. – MCN

Fresh off the official press launch in Faro, Portugal and praise for Triumph’s incredible new Scrambler 1200 is already pouring in. Here’s a quick look at what the critics are saying (click the publication’s name to share the full article):

ADVMoto's Justin W. Coffey:

“I can't get it out of my head – the way it looks, the way it feels tearing down a dirt road, and how easily it handles the twisties on our way back to town. To be honest, I was apprehensive at first. Another 'scrambler,' another retro styled motorcycle taking aim at the hipster millennial? But Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200 seemed different. It slots itself into a spot no one knew existed: The Naked Adventure Bike.”

“And while I may not have looked like Steve McQueen on the cover of Sports Illustrated, I certainly felt like this bike could handle just about anything I was willing to throw at it.”

“Yes, Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200 can perform all the duties a dedicated ADV motorcycle can...And with 9.8-inches of adjustable suspension beneath it, coupled with a torquey 1,200cc twin, you’d be hard pressed to find an adventure rider that would ask more from their motorcycle.”


Ultimate Motorcycling’s Nic de Sena:

“Make no mistake; the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE is the real thing…the utility, ease of use and fun of the Bonnevilles hasn’t been lost from the DNA. The Scrambler 1200 adds a genuine ADV-level of off-road capability, without compromising its on-road friendliness. The 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE took a beating on the road and off – leaving me impressed and effectively raising the bar for the scrambler segment.”

“Off-Road ABS allows for aggressive front braking in the dirt, letting you slide the rear as you’d like. The Off-Road TC is fascinating as it teaches riders to understand how the motor breaks traction, yet it doesn’t eliminate spin either – it merely subdues it. If you give it more gas mid-slide, it will let go a bit more, but never become unleashed.”

t2’s Ryan Adams:

“The latest iteration of Scrambler to hit the market is the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC & XE and it will haul the mail, on-road or off, all the while looking the part of a premium modern classic.”

“Dual four-piston Brembo Monoblock M50s are used in conjunction with two 320mm rotors to firmly and confidently slow things down. These brakes are easily one of my favorite features of the motorcycle, as I would charge into every corner once our street ride dried out just to have the M50s positively slow the business as I progressively added a quick squeeze on the lever.”

“These bikes are another example of having one bike that can be good at multiple different kinds of riding. While it may not be the best at any of them, it was pretty damn good at everything we threw at it and looked brilliant AF while doing it. I could absolutely see myself owning this bike.”

 David Booth:

“Now here’s the surprise. Triumph’s new 1200 is the most dirt-friendly big bike I’ve ever ridden. Yes, more than Honda’s Africa Twin. Probably the R1200 GS too. ”

“Oh, did I mention that we went flat-tracking, wandered around an enduro trail and flailed about on a motocross track? Hell, I even hit a berm. I haven’t done that in 20 years! On a 455-pound, again, started-out-as-a-street bike 1200, no less. Wow!”

“I realize that I keep on raving about the Scrambler but it really is an amazing compromise between off- and on-road performance, especially when you throw in the added twist of its authentically retro styling.”

“If you’re interested in the Scrambler, I’d suggest you put a deposit down soon. They’re going to fly off showroom floors.”