The Indian market misses out on the more extreme & off-road oriented Scrambler 1200 XE.
Triumph Motorcycles had first teased the new Scrambler 1200 models in August 2018. Post which we had informed our readers that the new Scrambler models will make their global debut in October 2018. And there they were! The new Scrambler 1200s came out in the open and so did the Scrambler 1200 XC and the Scrambler 1200 XE. While there aren't very many visual differences between the two models, the 1200 XE packs in more serious off-road tech than the XC. However, this does not mean that the 1200 XC is any less capable.
Now, Triumph Motorcycles has launched the base version of the Scrambler 1200 – the XC – in India, which is priced at ₹ 10.73 lakh (ex-showroom). For this price, the latest Modern Classic from Triumph offers the familiar 1,200cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder motor, which also powers the Bonneville T120 and the 2019 Street Scrambler. However, in the Scrambler 1200, the motor gets a special 'Scrambler' tune. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the parallel-twin motor churns out 89bhp and 110Nm of torque. In order to emphasise the Scrambler 1200 XC's punchy performance through a lower rpm band, Triumph claims that its power output is 12.5% more than that of the Bonneville T120 and 38% more than that of the Street Scrambler.
To give the Scrambler 1200 XC unbeatable off-road performance, Triumph has given it fully-adjustable suspension. While the front is managed by 45mm Showa USD forks, the rear wheel is supported by an Ohlins twin-shock setup. Braking duties are taken care of by 320mm Brembo dual front discs, while the rear wheel gets a single 255mm Brembo disc setup.
Coming to the equipment list, the Scrambler 1200 XC features Triumph's 2nd-gen full-colour TFT instrument cluster, along with five riding modes – Road, Rain, Off-Road, Sport and Rider-configurable. Touted as a motorcycle-first, the Scrambler 1200 XC gets an integrated a GoPro control system that allows photo and video operation through the bike's switchgear. The GoPro control system will be accompanied by a turn-by-turn navigation system & Bluetooth connectivity, all of which is enabled by an optional accessory – the Bluetooth connectivity module.
What's likely to appeal to potential customers a lot is the fact that the Scrambler 1200 XC's first major service interval is set at 16,000km.