Best Standard Motorcycle of 2020

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By John Burns

Best Standard Motorcycle of 2020: Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

Going into it, we were thinking Triumph‘s new Speed Twin might be a heavy favorite for the win again in this tough category. But in the actual event, after we got our mitts on one for testing here at MO HQ, we were just slightly underwhelmed with the first modern Triumph to wear that name since the original Speed Twin, way back in 1936. Our disappointment turned to joy, though, when we traded the Speed Twin a couple weeks later for a new Scrambler 1200 XC.

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The XC uses the same burbly/growly 1200 cc parallel Twin as the Speed Twin, but in High Torque tune instead of High Power. A dyno-tested 75 rear-wheel horses at 6500 rpm always feels like enough, and 68 ft-lbs torque at only 5000 rpm is even better – all of it built on top of the solid bass laid down by that 270-degree crankshaft.

They can call it a Scrambler if they want to, but this one’s a bike you can ride every day, largely due to the quality of its suspension, excellent seat, and upright ergonomics – all the things we found slightly wanting on the Speed Twin. The Showa fork serves up 7.9 inches of comfortable but controlled travel in front, and a pair of fully adjustable piggy-back Öhlins shocks out back do the same. In spite of the long-travel cushiness, the seat’s only 33.1 inches high, which is not too much for most people. The XC doesn’t quite have the offroad chops of its Scrambler XE sistership, but it’s close enough to that Baja-winning bike to largely eradicate nearly every paved bump you’ll ever encounter.

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