This Is The Daytona We Have Longed For
- Aug 25, 2019
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Triumph has given a midlife update to the Street Scrambler now in the form of three riding modes, Brembo braking hardware and more power. How much of a difference do the small updates make to Triumph’s smallest scrambler offering?
Based on the 900cc Bonneville platform, Triumph has managed to keep the styling of the Street Scrambler as honest as possible to the old-school scramblers of 1960s.
It might not be big and brutish like its elder sibling, the Scrambler 1200 XC, but Triumph has retained most of the tasty bits like the bottom-heavy torquey engine, spoke rims, and wide handlebars that made the previous iteration of the bike so enjoyable.
Triumph kitted our test bike with a few optional accessories, of which this headlight grille is one. No LED business here.
The roundel info cluster is unchanged in its layout, retaining its ease of readability.
The wide handlebars offer fantastic leverage. Shorter riders might feel it to be a bit of a reach in tight situations but overall there are no qualms. The bracing seen here is an optional accessory.
No alcantara leather for this generation of the Street Scrambler but the seat is plush nevertheless. Seat height of 790mm is fairly accessible for most riders. Pillion seating area is rather limited with a bit of hindrance caused by the upswept exhaust too.
With the revised engine tuning, the 900cc parallel-twin High Torque motor makes more power than before (10PS to be precise). The torque band is wider too. It makes the peak torque of 80Nm at 3200rpm, 600rpm lower than the Street Twin. This should help it primarily while off-roading, but it also serves its purpose on the road.
What it has added to the mix is riding modes, three of them: Rain, Road and Off-Road. In the latter one, ABS and TC are switched off so that you can enjoy a day of mucking about. But in order to engage this mode, you do have to come to a standstill with the bike in neutral.
The aftermarket Vance & Hines exhaust adds an extra pop to the burble. It does cost an extra Rs 70-odd thousand.
The Street Scrambler now gets an uprated 41mm KYB conventional fork with a Brembo four-pot axially-mounted caliper for extra stopping power.
Another piece of optional accessory that our test bike came kitted with was these Fox RSUs. One can tune these units for compression and preload. These cost around Rs 65,000, but are definitely worth considering when picking up the bike.
The crash protection visible here is optional as the standard fitment is just a basic plastic engine bash plate.
Once you set off on the trail, it feels light on its feet with enough torque on tap to clear the obstacles in your path. The wide handlebars offer great leverage.
At the time of testing the Street Scrambler, Pune was facing light spells of rain. This meant our off-road test location was packed with muck. As a result, the sheet of hard-packed mud quickly layered up on the dual-purpose Metzeler Tourance rubber.
Even on the roads, the Street Scrambler is as much of a hoot as it is off-road. It is light on its feet. The extra leverage does make the Street Scrambler an easier bike to manage in comparison to the Street Twin.
It is the most cost-effective scrambling option in the Triumph lineup. The kit that Triumph has fitted to our bike has improved the bike’s rideability. But this has pushed the asking price too high. You can leave out kitting this bike and keep it stock. Yet, the retail cost is just Rs 2 lakh less than the Scrambler 1200 XC. Hence, it is not as cost-effective as you might’ve initially thought.
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