Road Test

Triumph Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC & XE (2019) Review

Triumph Scrambler 1200

Visordown was at the world press launch of Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200, riding both on and off-road, using both variants.

Styling Detailing Off-road ability
Tall seat Small tank Intrusive ABS on road

Riding modes and tech

Both models feature Road, Rain, Off-Road, Sport and Rider – which is a user configurable mode allowing you to mix and match the characteristics of the bike to your individual needs. The riding modes adjust the throttle response, ABS settings and traction control but not the suspension which requires manual adjustment if needed. On top of five modes mentioned, the XE also features the ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode, which delivers a more off-road focused set up, for advanced adventure riding and scrambling and turns off both front and rear ABS and traction control off and uses the ‘Off-Road’ throttle map.

For the most part I had the bike in off-road mode, with a reduced amount of ABS functionality and the traction control turned right down. In Off-Road Pro mode I found the back wheel to be just a tad too lively for my liking and instead prefer a small safety net to scoop me up and keep me out of the hedge!

The full colour TFT dash on the Scrambler is a special looking bit of kit, with a large central screen and two smaller screens mounted either side of the unit. The system is adaptable, and each screen can be set up to show different information, main screen as a tacho or a speedo, fuel on the left-hand screen or riding modes there instead. It’s not the easiest system to adjust but is one of those things that you’ll probably just change once and then leave it in your favourite setting.


It’s not normally a strong point of a dedicated off-road bike so I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort and ergonomics of the bike, after two days and many hours in the saddle, the only aches and pains I had were from my sub-optimal levels of fitness and nothing to do with the design of the bike.

The flat, bench seat is firm, supportive and narrow enough that you can move around when stood up on the pegs. It’s also more than big enough for two as I found out on the way back from one of the photo sessions.

There is also a clever system which allows you to adjust the reach to the bars by removing them and spinning the risers round 180°. It’s not a big job so is something you could potentially do when out on the bike if needed.

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Styling Detailing Off-road ability
Tall seat Small tank Intrusive ABS on road