Both are based on the latest Bonneville 1200, but each has a different spec and character, with the XC described as having an “all-road and off-road” focus, while the XE is more of a dedicated off-road machine.
Powerplant is the High Power version of the 1200cc Bonneville motor, delivering 66kW at 7400rpm, but for the new Scramblers, this parallel twin with ride-by-wire throttle has been tuned to deliver ‘high torque’ both off road and on, with a maximum 110Nm at 3950rpm. In harmony with this, the high-mount exhaust system, with stainless steel headers and brushed-finish stainless steel silencers, has been tuned to deliver what Triumph says is a “punchy scrambler sound”.
A torque-assist clutch and six-speed transmission is common to both new Scrambler variants, as are 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked rims and a 16-litre fuel capacity. Both models also feature Brembo brakes, switchable ABS, Showa front suspension and Ohlins rear suspension, but it’s here where the two models start to differ.
On the Scrambler 1200 XC, 45mm Showa forks offer 200mm travel and the Ohlins fully-adjustable piggyback rear shock features 200mm travel, but on the Scrambler 1200 XE, there are larger 47mm forks with a longer travel of 250mm, while rear suspension travel is also increased to 250mm.
The Brembo monobloc calipers gripping twin 320mm front discs and a 2-piston Brembo floating caliper gripping the 255mm rear disc is common to both Scramblers, but the XE adds switchable cornering ABS for optimum braking performance, regardless of lean angle.
The longer-travel suspension and wider handlebars on the Scrambler 1200 XE has subtly altered its dimensions compared to the XE, with a higher seat height of 870mm (840mm on the XC), longer wheelbase of 1570mm (1530mm on the XC) and 905mm width, compared to 840mm on the XC. In addition to the cornering ABS, the Scrambler 1200 XE also gets cornering traction control, handguards, heated grips, adjustable folding foot controls, a gold finish on the forks, silver-finish handlebars and unique colours.
A second-generation TFT instrument display is common to both models, as is the switchblock-mounted ‘joystick’ controller to navigate through the display options and various riding modes. On the Scrambler 1200 XC, there are five modes – Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road and Rider-Configurable – but the XE adds a sixth – Off-Road Pro – that switches off the ABS and traction control and applies a specific off-road engine map
Both new Scramblers feature full LED lighting, keyless ignition with security function, cruise control and a USB charge socket. An optional Bluetooth module allows for the usual phone and music player functions, but also allows a GoPro camera system to be integrated to the TFT instrument display and controlled via the switchgear.
Adding the Bluetooth module can also allow the fitment of a turn-by-turn navigation system using Google Maps, which presents directions on the instrument display. A downloadable Triumph app delivers the connected navigation function.
A range of accessories are available, too, including special combination packs, but Australian availability of these is still TBC. Australian release and pricing for the new Scrambler 1200 XC and XE has yet to be announced.