Unlike Swedish rockers The Hives, we love to say “I told you so.” And we told you so: Triumph Motorcycles Thursday announced via social media that it will be producing a more powerful, more off-road focused scrambler, thereby confirming a rumor that TMO reported way back in March.
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Well, to be fair, all we did was report something that someone else had reported. Whatever; let’s not get lost in details. What’s important here is the fact that Triumph is promising a “real deal” scrambler.
“The new Scrambler 1200 is the exciting next step in the evolution of scrambling,” claims Triumph. “The first, the best and most exciting on every level. A new riding revolution starts here.”
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Claiming to be the first is an interesting (and debatable) assertion; expect to see Steve McQueen feature heavily in future promo videos (because, uh, you know, he’s totally relevant to the Millennial audience that Triumph is presumably trying to hit with this bike). But, to be fair, Triumph was probably first when it came to the modern scrambler movement, having introduced the current-generation Scrambler back in 2006.
On a website set up to hype the new model, Triumph describes the Scrambler 1200 as “the birth of a stunning new motorcycle generation.”
“With never-before-seen levels of dual-purpose capability, this incredible full-on scrambler is as truly amazing off-road as it is on the road, doing everything an adventure bike can, and all with authentic scrambler style and attitude,” claims the site.
Actually, when compared to the brand’s Tiger 1200 I’m willing to bet the new Scrambler 1200 – almost certainly powered by the same parallel twin that drives the Bonneville T-120, Thruxton, Bonneville Bobber, and Speedmaster – will be even better off road. I’m convinced of that in part because of how much I enjoyed burbling through the mud on the Street Scrambler earlier this year.
I did that when checking out the Triumph Adventure Experience, which stands out from other adventure riding schools (there are a lot of them in Britain, which is kind of ironic considering how few places there are to ride off road) in the fact it offers a “Scrambler Experience Day” – presumably aimed at folks who want to get dirty while wearing jeans and checked shirts.
Triumph has offered very little solid information about the Scrambler 1200 so far. All we really know is the official launch date: 24 October 2018. (Yes, we’ve already sent a note to Triumph, begging for an invite to the launch.) That comes after Intermot and before EICMA. Triumph often likes to unveil bikes outside of the big moto shows, presumably to avoid having its news get lost in the tidal wave of other manufacturers’ releases.
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Based on the timescale of previous bikes launched in the autumn, that would mean we’ll see the Scrambler 1200 hitting dealerships early in 2019. Start your speculation now!