2022 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Line Includes Steve McQueen Special Edition

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By John Burns

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, so Triumph didn’t. They’ve sold over 10,000 modern Scramblers since the XC and XE were new in 2018, and Scrambler 1200 XC even won MO’s revered Best Standard Motorcycle award last year. But they did have to make the bikes Euro 5-compliant for 2022, and with that came a few tweaks and the gaining of a few pounds – about 13 of them in fact. But hey look! There’s a new Steve McQueen Limited Edition!

In a possible effort to avoid mentioning the weight gain, Triumph for the first time in memory gives us the bike’s wet weight in the specs – which it says is 507 lbs. Our own scales said 498 for the Scrambler 1200 XC we tested last year, so it’s really no big deal.

Most of that weight is courtesy of a revised high-mount exhaust. The claim is that power output is unchanged, but making that happen required a bigger catalyzer with more precious metals. And while the engineers were wrestling with that, they moved the catalyzer further forward in the system and rejiggered other sections to improve heat dissipation. We didn’t have any real heat issues with the previous version, but on hot summer days around town or slow going off-road, one’s right leg could get a bit toasty. With the relocation of the cat and a few more pounds of heat sink in the system, here’s hoping for the best.

Power remains the same, says Triumph, with peak torque of 81 lb-ft at just 4,500 rpm, and 89 horsepower at 7,250 rpm. (MotoGP Werks’ Dynojet had it at 74.5 hp at 6500 rpm and 67.7 lb-ft at 5000 rpm, at the rear wheel, last year.)

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