Dirt and Trail August 2019


Check out the suspension, the boys at Hinkley

did not mess about at all when they opted to include

Ohlins piggyback units out back, with beefy Showa

inverted forks. Check out those Beefy Brembo brakes

and spoked wheels 21 inch front, 17 inch rear… this

bike is built for fast riders, and to prove that point

Ernie Vigill rode a pretty close to standard one into

5th place overall in the Mexico 1000 desert Race.

If you expect to pop your buddy on the back and

head up Africa…

Well - you might just have a very unhappy buddy

after just a couple of hours. It’s designed to take your

mate for a quick spin, but chances are excellent that

after the first wheelie you’ll be riding solo again.

The riders seating position is so comfortable.

Throttle response is awesome. Wind protection…

well who needs that on a bike like this? Acceleration

all the way up to 180 is tremendous fun, but a naked

bike becomes silly at those speeds. Handling on the

road is impeccable and you’ll find yourself attacking

the curves far faster than you should. And then you’ll

take a dirt diversion.

Wow! If the Super Ten is more road oriented,

then this is the real deal in the dirt. No other big cc

adventure has ever felt more similar to a dirt bike

than the Scrambler 1200 in an off-road situation. This

is thanks to a slim, classically styled tank (16 litres,

so plan your trip), large foot pegs, a wide handlebar,

and a flat seat. Handling in the dirt is natural with a

planted front end that communicated the level of grip

well. Steering isn’t light, but it doesn’t feel unwieldy

and helps to remind you that this is a big motorcycle.

We probably went much faster than we should have.

What a cool bike! In our opinion, it is a lot of

motorcycle and is supremely capable in the right

hands off road. Huge horse power neatly reined in

by a superb chassis and excellent suspension. Even

if you are a week end hacker like most of us, the

tech on this bike will enhance your off road riding

capabilities and experience tenfold. It is essentially a

single seater but can take a pillion in an emergency

and the small tank and minimal wind protection will

make long tours quite hardcore, so much along the

same lines as all other bikes of this set up it would be

part of a multi bike garage and not your only bike …

unless you’re young and fit.

Get down to the Triumph folks in Kramerville and

take it for a spin. We’ll be very surprised if you don’t

agree with us.


Engine: 1200 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, parallel 2-cylinder, 8-valve,

fuel injected

Transmission: 6-speed shaft drive

Suspension: Front: Showa 45mm fully adjustable upside down forks.

Rear: Fully adjustable Ohlins twin shocks with piggy back reservoir

Brakes: Front: Twin 320mm Brembo discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial

monobloc calipers Rear: Single 255mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper

Tyres: Front: 90/90-21. Rear: 150/50 R17

Wheels: Spoked tubeless wheels

Seat height: 840 mm

Weight: 225 kg (wet)

Fuel capacity: 16 L

Final Drive: Sealed X-Ring Chain

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