2016 Triumph Scrambler Review

2016 Triumph Scrambler Review

Posted by Ben Baker on Dec 22nd 2016

If you’re the kind of rider who likes to leave the pavement sometimes, but get back on the pavement later, then a hybrid ride is what you are after. It combines some off road capabilities with some highway ride needs.

The Triumph Scrambler is the newest offering from the English bike company that tries to fill the gap between true off -oader and street-only. The ride comes with a $9,400 MSRP but some places are selling it for closer to the $9K mark.


The Scrambler delivers 51.6 horsepower with the motor and 46.2 foot-pounds of torque at 2,800 RPM. It’s going to come out running and will be easy to handle, especially when you are in some rough areas like gravel and sand. But it’s not going to explode out of the gate.

The Scrambler is a bit wider in the standard saddle (a one-piece straight seat) than some other hybrids and a lot wider than true off road rides. Options are available.

The right side pipes are mounted high, something that does not appeal to a lot of off roaders. But it’s also an English bike. It’s how they do things.

The suspension handles well on the road, but tends to get a bit sloppy when the ride is being pushed through a turn.

It’s got a pretty beefy frame for the kind of bike it is. The fenders are cut down some which means if you hit wet spots, it’s going to sling water and mud.

One thing that this ride apart from street bikes and a few hybrids is an optional skid plate. A chunky piece of aluminum covers the front part of the undercarriage.


The Scrambler is a throwback to the 60s and guys who kept trying to find the perfect blend of street ride and off-roader. If you ever rode a Triumph Twin, you know what we mean. To keep the idea alive, the Scrambler has deceptive dual “carburetors.” The Scrambler is fuel-injected. The covers are just for show and hide the modern fuel delivery system.

For some reason, Triumph crosses the exhausts coming off the motor. The upper pipe goes down and becomes the bottom pipe. The bottom goes up. Looks good, especially head-on and doesn’t affect the sound. With a 270 degree crankshaft, you want to hear every minute. The high pipes are nod to the 60s.

The rear twin shocks are chromed to look classic, but the insides are all modern. You can jar your teeth out, but it’s going to take some work.

865cc Bonneville 8-valve engine

2 cylinder

Double overhead cams

Crankshaft with 270-degree firing

Air cooled

Fuel injection

106 pounds


Wire spoke front & back

19” on the front

Standard block-treads




Two-tone red and silver


Skid Plate

Headlamp grill

Black dress bars