The new Triumph Bonneville range that was first unveiled last year has spawned some fantastic bikes. While the larger 1200cc-engine Bonneville got multiple versions off the bat, such as the T120 and the Thruxton, the entry-level 900cc Bonneville was all by its lonesome till Intermot this year. There we got to see two new versions of the bike, the Street Cup (a cafe racer) and the T100 (a retro street bike). At Milan, however, the iconic British bike maker unveiled a Scrambler version of the Street Twin, finally replacing the model of the same name (and philosophy) that was based on the outgoing Bonneville.
This new Street Scrambler gets the same 900cc "High Torque" parallel twin engine from the Street Twin that's good for 55hp of peak power and 80Nm of peak torque. The air- and water-cooled motor maintains all the characteristics from the road bike, including its ride by wire throttle and switchable traction control. The 5-speed gearbox with its torque assist clutch is carried over as well. What's changed is the chassis, which is now reinforced to cope with the rigours of riding off-road. Also, the rear shocks are now longer, offering more wheel travel. And one other important distinction is that the ABS on the uprated brakes is now switchable in order to have the option of locking the rear wheel when riding on dirt.
The bike also comes with slightly taller and wider handlebars for an improved offloading stance. A new split seat has been specifically designed for the Scrambler which has a removable pillion section that reveals a rack for mounting small luggage or a toolbox. The 17" alloy wheels have been dropped in favour of the 19"-17" (front-rear) wire spoke wheels shod with on-off road Metzeler Tourance tyres. Of course what Scrambler would be complete without its high-mounted side exhaust? And the mufflers on this bike are absolutely delectable. A metal bash plate under the engine rounds out the bike's rugged look.
There are many small retro styling bits around the bike to add to its charm, and Triumph says it will offer almost 150 different accessories for owners to customise their Scramblers. As for it coming to India? Well, the company says that there are no plans to do so in the foreseeable future.