By John Burns
Triumph’s Street Scrambler is just what the name implies. If you want to blaze a two-wheeled path to freedom off-road, there are Scrambler 1200s XC and XE. But the more approachable (and affordable) Street Scrambler is for more urbane adventures, with Triumph’s less powerful, 900 cc twin, less suspension travel, and a lower seat height that’s accessible to nearly everybody. For 2022, just like the upscale Scramblers, the SS is now Euro 5 compliant, and along with that come a few subtle yet tasty upgrades.
Triumph says the SS has been pretty dang successful for it also, with nearly 14,000 sold since the 2017 debut. The bike shares the High torque version of the 900 cc parallel Twin with the excellent Street Twin, and Triumph says the cleaner new Euro 5 version hasn’t lost any power as a result of its newfound cleanliness: 59 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm and 64 horsepower at 7,250rpm is the claim.
Like the bigger engine, the 900 also gets a 270-degree crankshaft that brings soulful sounds to the picnic along with abundant torque. Fuel efficiency is another strong suit: The claim is 54.7 miles per gallon of gas, and 10,000-mile service intervals keep operating costs down as well.
The downside, also just like the bigger Scramblers, is a slight weight gain as a result of the bigger new catalyzer and exhaust plumbing: about 3 kg, says Triumph. That 6.6 pounds brings our wet total to 492 lbs., which is 15 less than the Scrambler 1200. Fans of compactness will also appreciate the Street’s seat is just 31.1 inches from the pavement, versus 33.1 and 34.2 in. for Scramblers 1200 XC and XE.
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