2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE Review

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By Ryan Adams

2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC & XE

Editor Score: 91.5%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.5/10
Brakes 10.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.25/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.75/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 91.5/100

I’ve found myself riding in the King of Cool’s tracks more often than I’d realized lately. First, in November while participating in the 50th running of the Lake Elsinore GP, a southern California event McQueen raced in the early ‘70s under the alias Harvey Mushman and again, as I jumped the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE on the motocross track at Wim Motors Academy this past weekend in southern Portugal. Sure, Steve McQueen may not have jumped the fence in The Great Escape, but there’s no shortage of proof that the actor competed in many off-road races and had an affinity for motorcycles, including the Triumph TR6, a bike many may view as the original scrambler. The latest iteration of Scrambler to hit the market is the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC & XE and it will haul the mail, on-road or off, all the while looking the part of a premium modern classic.

After learning about the two new Scrambler 1200s the night prior, out first wave of editors had the pleasure of spending the next day on the XC and XE models off-road, on and around Wim Motors Academy in Boavista dos Pinheiros, Portugal, a training school for rally-type off-road riding, roadbook navigation, and general training facility for all sorts of riders from Dakar racers to the Portuguese ISDE team. To say we were excited would be an understatement.

The XC showing that both trims are plenty capable of the odd fire road.

We would ride both models off-road and on to showcase the differences and similarities of the XC versus XE. In short, the two trims are plenty …read more

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