A well engineered motorbike
The 1960's were the second heyday of British motorbikes. The pre-war eminence had gone but companies such as Triumph were making a good shot at a come back.
The Triumph Scrambler was right up there with the best of them. Skip forward 50 years and the 2011 and 2012 versions of this semi-classic bike are still very much sought after and extremely well engineered.
With its gaiters and high swept chromed side pipes, it is easy to see why the Scrambler evokes adventures of the past.
As a modern interpretation of a timeless classic, the Scrambler, with its legendary 865cc air-cooled parallel-twin engine with modern fuel injection and plenty of torque, demands attention wherever it goes. I love the distinctive sound from the 270 degree firing order through the twin stainless steel upswept pipes.
Too many manufacturers inadvertently spoil things but Triumph have kept true to their 19 inch spoked front and 17 inch spoked rear wheels with light knobbly tyres to complete the authentic look.
It probably goes without saying but the handling of the Scrambler emphasizes its strong tubular steel cradle frame that has been built tough to iron out the bumps. The use of supple front and rear suspension and high-wide handlebars and high-set footpegs softens the effect and further aids control.
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3 September 2011, 10:57PM
As Brits we have to be grateful for small mercies. We were right up there at the beginning of the motor cycle industry and then lost our way.
10 September 2011, 04:57PM
There are still a lot of bikers that believe in British. I have biked in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. We get a lot of respect from other bikers.
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