Triumph Motorcycles has launched the 2019 Street Scrambler at a price of Rs 8.55 lakh, making it Rs 5,000 cheaper than the outgoing model. The Street Scrambler, as the name suggests, is a scrambler variant of the Street Twin that was also recently updated for 2019.
The updated Street Scrambler receives minor cosmetic updates in the form of a redesigned Street Scrambler logo on the side panels and a new seat finish. The most significant update is to the 900cc, parallel-twin engine. While the engine casing and capacity remain identical to the previous-gen bike, it now uses a lighter crankshaft, magnesium cam covers and a new clutch.
This has resulted in an 18 percent hike in power output. Peak power is now 65hp at 7,500rpm, up from 55hp at 5,900rpm. Torque remains unchanged from the previous model at 80Nm; but Triumph has claimed to have flattened out the torque curve, resulting in more torque throughout the rev band. The rpm at which the engine redlines is also 500rpm higher, at 7,500rpm, much like the Street Twin that it is based on. The gearbox, however, continues to be a five-speed unit.
Other updates include the addition of Brembo four-piston front-brake calipers that replace the two-piston Nissin unit and a higher-spec fork. The Street Scrambler comes with three riding modes –Road, Rain and Off-Road. In comparison, standard 2019 Street Twin only features two riding modes – Road and Rain. While the rider modes do not directly alter power output, it changes throttle response and traction control settings. The Street Scrambler is available in three colours – Khaki Green/matte aluminum, Cranberry Red and Fusion White.
The Triumph Street Scrambler faces direct competition from the Ducati Scrambler (starts at Rs 7.23 lakh) in India. Interestingly, the motorcycle is now being brought into India as a CBU (from Thailand) and not a CKD like the previous-gen model. This could be in response to the government raising CKD rates last year. However, it is worth noting that while the ex-showroom prices have come down, on-road prices could be a little higher than the previous-gen model in some states like Maharashtra and Karnataka. This is because these states levy significantly higher road tax on CBUs.