2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE and XC First Look

John Burns
by John Burns

Letting the cat all the way out of the bag today after most of it escaped yesterday, Triumph sent us along this actual hard information about its new Scrambler 1200. Two of them in fact: Scrambler 1200 XC & XE.

The 1200 Scrambler XC rolls with an all-road/off-road focus, whereas the 1200 Scrambler XE is designed with more extreme off-road capability, says Triumph.

Both will be packing the High Power version of the 1200cc Bonneville parallel Twin engine, with dedicated Scrambler tune, delivering 90 PS at 7,400 rpm – that’s about 88.8 of our horsepower. The torque’s the thing, though, and Triumph’s claim is 110 Nm at 3,950rpm, or 88.1 pound-feet (an amount Triumph describes as “incredible” so you can believe it if you want to). The 270-degree crankshaft carries on, which gives that engine great character as well as traction.

It also says there’s class-leading state-of-the-art technology including;

  • 2nd generation TFT instruments
  • 6 riding modes, including Off-Road Pro on the XE
  • Optimised cornering ABS and cornering traction control on the XE
  • IMU and fully integrated technology system
  • All LED lighting, including signature DRL headlight
  • Intuitive switch cubes & 5-way joystick
  • Illuminated backlit switches
  • Torque-assist clutch
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cruise control
  • USB charging socket
  • Heated grips as standard on the XE and accessory fitted on the XC
  • World’s first motorcycle integrated GoPro control system, Triumph’s first turn-by-turn navigation system and Bluetooth phone and music operation (all enabled by an accessory Bluetooth connectivity module)

As cool as all the software sounds, they haven’t ignored the hardware either, which includes serious long-travel suspension – 7.9 inches at both ends for the XC, and 9.8 inches for the XE.

  • Öhlins long travel fully adjustable rear shocks (200mm travel XC; 250mm XE)
  • Showa fully adjustable long travel forks (200mm travel XC, 250mm XE)
  • Brembo twin M50 radial monobloc front calipers
  • Crafted long-travel aluminium swingarm
  • Dedicated Scrambler frame
  • Folding foot controls, adjustable on the XE
  • High-specification side-laced wheels (as in, tubeless)
  • 21-inch front wheel, with adventure focused tubeless tires
  • Pirelli Scorpion Rally Tires

Stylewise, things are also looking up too, with those swell wire-spoke wheels attached to serious-looking inverted forks and longish-travel shocks out back, riding a new aluminum swingarm. A truly gorgeous new seamless fuel tank holds 4.2 gallons, and high twice pipes complete the period look.

More Power

The last Street Scrambler, new in 2017, used the 900cc Twin, so this new engine represents “an incredible 38% more than the 2019 Street Scrambler,” and torque is also 37.5% more. Like all the new-gen Bonnevilles, the Scrambler 1200 is ride-by-wire and liquid-cooled, the former of which means it also gets one of our favorite things – cruise control.

One of the only things that hasn’t changed from previous Scrambler to this one is weight: Triumph specs 205 kg for the new XC and 207 for the XE – compared to 206 (454 pounds) for the old – which is in fact going to give the new bike a tremendous power-to-weight advantage.

2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

There’s a lot to love already in these new Scramblers. Let’s let Triumph’s copywriter take it from here since we want to share the news right now:

Triumph Press Release:

2nd generation TFT instruments Both models feature Triumph’s latest generation full-colour TFT instruments, with a stylish design and two information layout design themes that can be personalised. This includes an all-new feature that allows the rider to update the start-up screen message with their name.

Up to 6 riding modes, including ‘Off-Road Pro’ Both models feature Road, Rain, Off-Road, Sport and Rider-configurable riding modes which adjust the throttle response, ABS settings and traction control setting to suit rider preference and riding conditions.

On top of these 5 modes, the Scrambler 1200 XE also features the ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode, which delivers our most off-road focused set up for advanced adventure riding and scrambling. The ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode turns ABS and traction control off, and uses the ‘Off-Road’ throttle map.

Optimised Cornering ABS – supported by an IMU (XE only)

Exclusive to the Scrambler XE is the Optimised Cornering ABS, fitted as standard. This maintains the optimum braking performance, whatever the lean angle. The Scrambler 1200 XC features switchable ABS and its three ABS modes are selected manually via the Rider-configurable riding mode.

Optimised Cornering Traction Control – supported by an IMU (XE only)

The Scrambler 1200 XE also features Optimised Cornering Traction Control as standard, which automatically adapts the level of traction control depending on the riding conditions. This maintains the optimum level of traction control for the lean angle of the bike. The Scrambler XC features instead switchable traction control with five ride modes, which are selected manually via the Rider-configurable riding mode.

IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit (XE only)

An advanced Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), developed in partnership with Continental, supports the optimum function of the Optimised Cornering ABS and Traction Control on the Scrambler 1200 XE. This takes constant measurements of roll, pitch, yaw, lean angle and acceleration rates, responding with appropriate active safety features.

All LED lighting with *DRL headlight

Both Scrambler 1200 models come with all LED lighting, including 5 inch headlight, tail light with new more attractive diffused opacity detailing, and indicators (in applicable markets).

The headlight also incorporates LED Daytime Running Lights (*in applicable markets) which provides excellent visibility and a distinctive light profile.

Illuminated backlit switches The switches on both Scrambler models are backlit from LEDs housed inside the switch cubes, enhancing rider interaction and improving control by giving a soft glow in all lighting conditions.

Torque assist clutch Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and for longer.

Keyless ignition Triumph’s keyless ignition system is fitted as standard on both models. The system recognises the proximity of the keyless fob and then enables ignition via the switch cube mounted start button. There is also the ability to disable the key’s wireless transmission function at the touch of a button for even greater security.

Heated grips Heated grips are also fitted as standard to the Scrambler 1200 XE, and are available as an accessory on the Scrambler 1200 XC. These are neatly integrated with a button on the left hand grip providing greater rider comfort, with two modes.

Cruise control Electronic cruise control is fitted as standard to both Scrambler models. This is a single button system fitted into the left hand switch cube. This feature can be easily accessed while riding for maximum convenience and safety.

USB charging Both new Scramblers feature a 5 vault USB power socket for charging personal equipment. This is integrated into a new foam lined storage box under the seat.

World’s first integrated GoPro control system

A world’s first for any motorcycle – Triumph introduces an integrated GoPro control system, facilitating GoPro camera operation, which is facilitated by an accessory fitted connectivity Bluetooth module.

The connection and control is displayed on the TFT instruments, enabling intuitive video and photo operation via the switchgear.

Turn-by-turn navigation system Another Triumph first comes with the introduction of an integrated turn-by-turn navigation system powered by Google™ – their first motorcycle manufacturer partnership. The navigation system is facilitated through an accessory fitted Bluetooth connectivity module. Once the rider has selected the route on the Triumph app and set-off, the instruments present turn symbols on the screen using simple graphic icons. With this system, the rider has at their disposal a navigation system, a route-planner, their final destination and points of interest such as hotels, petrol stations and restaurants.

Triumph app

For iOS and Android phones, riders can download for free the all new Triumph app, which delivers the connected navigation function. The navigation, route planner, final destination and points of interest (hotels, fuel, restaurants etc.) are all controlled by the rider through this app.

Integrated phone and music operation

The new Scrambler 1200s both feature full Bluetooth phone integration, with clear display on the colour TFT instruments, and intuitive phone operation via the switchgear, allowing the rider to select music, control the volume and take calls. This is facilitated through an accessory fitted connectivity Bluetooth module.


With a unique Öhlins collaboration, plus a dedicated new Scrambler chassis tailored for focused off-road capability and comfortable rider ergonomics, the new Scrambler 1200s have been developed to deliver a first-in-class dual purpose ‘classic and adventure’ capability.

Both models feature totally unique new fully-adjustable twin-spring Öhlins rear suspension units that deliver category leading wheel travel and suspension capability, for amazing off-road capability and ground clearance.

The more extreme off-road oriented XE version delivers 250mm wheel travel, and the dual purpose XC delivers 200mm. Both models are equipped with piggy-back reservoirs.

‘’The twin spring Öhlins RSU on the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 combines new technology with inspiration from 70’s motocross to deliver high performance and long suspension travel capability.

Our testing team were amazed with the performance of the new 1200 Scramblers, and considered them to be actually more capable off-road than many of the adventure bikes they had tested.’’

Emil Åberg ÖHLINS Key Account manager – MC OEM

Both Scramblers also feature a new crafted long travel aluminium swingarm, which is longer on the XE version, making the new XC and XE truly capable in all riding conditions.

Topping off the high-specification engineering innovation there are premium Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers, folding foot controls which are adjustable on the XE model, and first-in-class tubeless tyres and spoked 21’ inch front wheel.


These bikes have absolutely Scrambler-defining modern custom style with category leading finish and detailing, setting a new template for what a 21st century Scrambler should look like. Incorporating all of the original Scrambler design DNA and iconic silhouette the new XC and XE feature a host of signature scrambler details, including:

– New design ‘seamless’ sculpted Scrambler fuel tank, with classic scrambler tank ‘cut-away’ features
– Beautifully engineered side-laced wheels
– Brushed aluminium Monza-style filler cap
– Brushed stainless steel tank strap
– Classic bench seat

Reflecting its top-of-the-range status, the Scrambler 1200 XE comes with even more premium details, including being the first bike to carry the iconic Triumph triangle badge on the tank, plus:

– Hand guards with aluminium brace
– Brembo MCS lever
– Silver handlebar finish with black anodised risers and clamp
– And gold coloured forks

Both Scramblers come in a choice of two alternative premium twin-paint schemes

Scrambler 1200 XC:

Jet Black and Matt Black
Khaki Green and Brooklands Green

Scrambler 1200 XE:

Fusion White and Brooklands Green
Cobalt Blue and Jet Black


The new Scrambler 1200 XC and XE have been designed with personalisation at heart, with more than 80 accessories to deliver more rugged off-road focus, more style and more everyday usability.

The off-road accessories include:

– High level front mudguard
– Stainless steel engine bars
– Headlight grille

Styling and practicality accessories include:

– Connectivity Bluetooth module
– Arrow carbon fibre silencer
– Indicator relocation kit
– Handlebar brace
– Number board.

For longer distance escapes and daily practicality, accessories include:

– New developed rugged panniers
– Rugged tank bag
– 30 litre roll bag.


To showcase the dual-character of the bikes, we’ve created a set of two exciting inspiration kits to use as the starting point for riders to design their own Scrambler 1200 custom, or to have fitted as a complete set – the fully loaded Escape kit and the off-road, stripped back Extreme kit.

‘Escape’ inspiration kit

Bringing an adventure touring style, the ‘Escape’ inspiration kit features a host of new Scrambler 1200 accessories. Including:

– Rugged pannier and fitting kit
– Handguards kit
– Grab rack kit
– LED fog lamps
– Centre stand
– Flyscreen and mounting kit

‘Extreme’ inspiration kit

Showcasing the more overtly off-road and stripped back custom style accessories, including:

– Arrow carbon silencer (homologated)
– Aluminium radiator guard
– Machined oil filler cap
– High front mudguard
– Black handlebar brace
– LED indicator kit and rear light relocation kit
– Side stand base extension
– Stainless steel dresser bar
– Headlight grille
– Headlight bezel

2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Engine TypeLiquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Capacity1200 cc
Bore x Stroke97.6 x 80.0 mm
Compression Ratio11.0:1
Maximum Power88.8 hp at 7400 rpm
Maximum Torque81.1 lb-ft. 3950 rpm
Fuel systemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
ExhaustBrushed 2 into 2 exhaust system with brushed high level silencers
Final driveX ring chain
ClutchWet, multi-plate assist clutch
FrameTubular steel with aluminum cradles
SwingarmTwin-sided, aluminum, 21.5 inches longTwin-sided, aluminum, 22.8 inches long
Front WheelTubeless 36-spoke 21 x 2.15in, aluminum rims
Rear WheelTubeless 32-spoke 17 x 4.25in, aluminum rims
Front Tire90/90-21
Rear Tire150/70 R17
Front SuspensionShowa ⌀45mm fully adjustable USD forks. 7.9 inches wheel travel.Showa ⌀47mm fully adjustable USD forks. 9.8 inches wheel travel.
Rear SuspensionÖhlins fully adjustable piggy-back RSUs with twin springs. 7.9 inches wheel travel.Öhlins fully adjustable piggy-back RSUs with twin springs. 9.8 inches wheel travel.
Front BrakeTwin 320mm discs, Brembo M50 monoblock calipers, radial master cylinder. Switchable ABS.Twin 320mm discs, Brembo M50 monoblock calipers, radial master cylinder. Switchable Cornering ABS
Rear BrakeSingle 255mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper. Switchable ABS.Single 255mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper. Switchable Cornering ABS.
Length90.0 inches91.5 inches
Width (Handlebars)33.1 inches35.6 inches
Height Without Mirrors47.2 inches49.2 inches
Seat Height33.1 inches34.3 inches
Wheelbase60.2 inches61.8 inches
Trail4.8 inches5.1 inches
Dry Weight451.9 pounds (claimed)456.4 pounds (claimed)
Fuel Capacity4.2 gallons
Fuel Consumption58 mpg (claimed)
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  • TheMarvelous1310 TheMarvelous1310 on Oct 28, 2018

    I've already said my piece on the bike itself, i would just like to state that all motorcycles should have 7.9 inches of travel. Even cruisers. Especially cruisers, you're on your @$$ the whole time!

  • Piers Denney Piers Denney on Oct 29, 2018

    So, when? And how much? I'm seriously interested... I thought I was going to get a Tiger 1200, but maybe not.