Triumph gets in shape for MY2022 by refining the Bonneville power plant at the heart of its “all-road” Scrambler 1200 XC and lowering emissions without sacrificing efficiency or performance. The classic scrambler look and the unique flair that all scramblers worldwide share have been preserved for another year. This model is an international powerhouse because of its cutting-edge features and retro-chic design. The new 2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC Modern Classic Motorcycle model hits the design mark with just the right amount of custom deliciousness to forge that crucial anchor in time. Scramblers initially were modified versions of standard American motorbikes, such as those produced in the 1960s and 1970s.
When the front fender is bobbed, and the rear fender is sliced and painted in a way that contrasts with the gasoline tank, it instantly establishes that a degree of individualization is intended. It is done to simulate the experience of a DIY mechanic who, in the real world, probably wouldn’t have a spare can of factory paint lying around but felt obliged to re-paint the fenders after reducing them to their barest essentials to improve weight distribution and performance.
Blackout paint starts at the rims and continues to conceal the inverted fork feet and their top stanchions, so the fact that they are new is not immediately visible. To round off the appearance, the conventional vertical-twin gearbox, handlebar, and mirrors are all painted black, as are the headlight can, front and rear turn-signal housings, and the rear mudguard extension.
All of the lights are LEDs, which provide superior visibility in all directions. A daytime running light (DRL) feature is also included in the spherical headlight rolls. A full-color TFT display centralizes all the gauges and configuration options for the ride’s quality in a stylish, thoroughly modern enclosure. It’s also configurable to tailor the data transmission to your specific needs.
The 4.2-gallon gasoline tank substantially contributes to the overall antique look with its conventional knee pockets and teardrop fly line in front of a false tuck-and-roll bench seat that can accommodate the pilot and pillion. Additional passenger amenities include a grab rail around the back, foldable footpegs mounted on the frame, and a USB charging port under the seat. Since there is no offset in the bench seat, riders doing technical duties like trick riding and off-road antics may use its entire length. Despite its numerous merits, the bike’s twin shotgun exhaust sets it apart as the best option for those looking for a genuine scrambler model with a rich history.
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC Modern Classic Motorcycle – Features and Specs
The double-cradle frame of the Scrambler 1200 XC is constructed from tubular steel parts for increased strength, and an aluminum bash plate safeguards the engine’s lower half and the bend in the down tubes. The 21.5-inch, dual-side swing arm assembly is composed of aluminum to save unsprung weight at the rear axle, improve suspension response, and give some extra protection for the rear contact patch on uneven terrain.
A 45 mm inverted Showa forks up front allows for extensive ride tuning. Suspension travel of 7.87 inches front and rear absorbs the bumps and drops of your favorite trails and urban jungles. The vehicle’s rake is 25.8 degrees, and it has 4.76 inches of course across a wheelbase of 60.2 inches, making it quite maneuverable on and off the pavement.
Having laced wheels, a longtime favorite of off-road bikes is a great addition that gives the dish an even more retro taste. If you were wondering how well it might handle the terrain, the 21-inch front wheel is meant for uneven and severe terrain. Next up is a set of 17-inch wheels shod with stealth-knobby tread shapes in 90/90 and 150/70 sizes, respectively, for maximum versatility on both pavement and mud.
The crew of the Triumph is not tinkering with the anchors. The two 320 mm discs up front are stopped by Brembo’s four-pot, opposed-piston, radial Monobloc calipers. The machine’s first electronic ride-safety system has full ABS coverage on both ends and a 255 mm disc and twin-piston binders in the rear.
Drivetrain Triumph’s Bonneville engine has been a staple among motorcycles for decades. The Scrambler 1200 XC will have the lowest emissions of the company’s 1,200 cc motorcycles thanks to its groundbreaking Euro-5 emissions certification. To be clear, the EU-5 rating is only given to products destined for sale in countries where it is mandatory. This year’s new models keep the same EU-4 rating as the old ones.
The vertically mounted parallel-twin engine provides most of the Scrambler 1200s 89 horsepower and 81.1 pound-feet of torque. Still, its design also lends the bike a distinct air of retro cool and draws attention to its British roots. As a result of the 270-degree crankpin offset, the engine operates with a firing order that is more similar to a V-twin than a 180-out firing order, and the extended delay between the first two power pulses of each order enables the rear tire to bite for improved off-road performance.
Having a compression ratio of 11 to 1, along with a bore and stroke of 97.6 mm and 80 mm, respectively, for a total displacement of 1,200 ccs, makes this design somewhat over a square, necessitating the use of mid-grade gasoline or, at the very least, an octane booster, to prevent the engine damage that could occur from persistent pre-ignition/detonation. The Riding Modes feature is also standard, and it includes no less than five different riding profiles, one of which is optimized for off-road performance. The throttle is controlled electronically by wire, and the motorcycle also comes with ride-by-wire throttle control.
In addition to the protection provided by the torque-assist clutch, a switchable traction-control feature is included further to ensure the safety of the rear contact patch. The final drive is the conventional sprocket and O-ring chain kind, with a final drive ratio that yields a top speed of around 135 mph.
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC Modern Classic Motorcycle – Price
The base price of a 2022 Scrambler 1200 XC in Sapphire Black is $14,000. The XC is available in two-tone combinations of either Cobalt Blue with Jet Black for the tank stripe or Matte Khaki Green with Matte Jet Black for the stripe. This year, for an additional $16,400, you may get the limited-edition Competition Green, Steve McQueen Edition, which has some unique features. It’s anticipated that just 1,000 of these cars will ever be built.
Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC vs Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO
The Ducati bike has a smaller engine than the Bonneville, with a displacement of 1,079 ccs instead of 1,200. The Triumph has 89 horsepower, whereas this one only has 86. Torque, though, is a different story. A heinie-dyno is sure to reveal the discrepancy between Ducati’s claimed 65 lb-ft. Of torque and the Trumpet’s 81.1 lb-ft. Of torque from their respective 90-degree V-twin engines.
The Triumph and the Duc include traction control, anti-lock brakes, and riding modes, albeit the Triumph offers five different options while the Duc only offers three. The Italian Stallion has a lower base price at the pump than the Triumph, but I think it’s more than worth it to spring for the extra bucks in this case.
2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC Modern Classic Motorcycle – Technical Specifications
Engine & Drivetrain
|Engine:||Liquid-cooled, eight valves, SOHC, 270-degree crank angle parallel-twin|
|Bore x Stroke:||3.84 inches (97.6 mm) x 3.15 inches (80 mm)|
|Max Power EC:||89 hp (66.2 kW) at 7,250 rpm|
|Max Torque EC:||81.1 lb-ft (110 Nm) at 4,500 rpm|
|System:||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection|
|Exhaust:||Brushed two-into-two exhaust systems with brushed high-level silencers|
|Final Drive:||X ring chain|
|Clutch:||Wet, multi-plate assist clutch|
|Swingarm:||Twin-sided, aluminum, 547mm long|
|Front Suspension/ Travel:||Showa 45mm fully adjustable upside down forks/ 7.9 in (200 mm)|
|Rear Suspension/Travel:||Fully adjustable Ohlins twin shocks with piggyback reservoir/ 7.9 in (200 mm)|
|Trail:||4.76 inches (121mm)|
|Front Wheel:||Tubeless 36-spoke 21 x 2.15inches, aluminum rims|
|Rear Wheel:||Tubeless 32-spoke 17 x 4.25inches, aluminum rims|
|Rear Tire:||150/70 R17|
|Front Brakes:||Dual 320mm of Brembo discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS|
|Rear Brakes:||Single 255mm of a disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS|
Dimensions and Capacities:
|Width Handlebars:||33.1 in (840 mm)|
|Height Without Mirror:||47.2 (1,200 mm)|
|Seat Height:||33.1 in (840 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||60.2 in (1,530 mm)|
|Dry Weight:||452 lbs (205 kg)|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.2 gal (16 l)|
|Fuel Economy:||45.4 mpg|
|Instrument Display and Functions:||TFT multi¬functional instrument pack including digital speedometer, a trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, clock and rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Off-¬road/Rider-Customizable)|
|Color:||Sapphire Black, Cobalt Blue/Jet Black, Matte Khaki Green/Matte Jet Black|
|Price:||$14,000, Two-tone: $14,500|