As a native Californian I am always a bit disappointed in myself when I find out that there is some really rad natural wonders that are just a short distance away that I’ve never seen. When some friends sent me photos of the Trona Pinnacles and suggested we go camping out there and shoot some photos for ATWYLD I started to get really excited because the trip aligned exactly with the date I had scheduled to pick up the new Triumph Street Scrambler for a test ride.
Prior to hopping on this bike I had read some reviews online and I had already spent some time on the Street Twin which I absolutely loved. Coming from a mostly dirt background I was excited to ride a Scrambler for the first time because on paper it is the perfect bike for me. After throwing my leg over it I was pleased to see that the seat height was much shorter than the older Scrambler models which always makes for a more confident ride. The Scrambler felt super light weight and maneuverable in the same way that the Street Twin felt which was one of my favorite things about the bike. In addition to coming in at only 454 pounds the center of mass on the bike feels much lower eliminating that top heavy feeling that can result in losing balance if you’re not careful or if you’re in some nasty terrain.
For someone like me, this is the ideal type of bike. I love nothing more than to feel 100% confident on a wide variety of roads. In Southern California you never know when the pavement will end. The Street Scrambler is sleek and compact in the same way that my Bonneville is but does feel much lighter and more powerful. I was initially a little disappointed to hear that is was 900cc’s and not 1200 like the new Bonnevilles but ride-by-wire fueling leaves nothing to be desired. A twist of the throttle and the power rolls on smooth. It is fast and delivers quite an exhilarating ride! It doesn't take long for you to realize why they call it a ‘High Torque’ engine.
As we left the pavement behind it was time to see how this bike really handles. Through gravel, sand, and even a couple of rocky hill climbs the control was there and the suspension made for a fairly smooth ride. Sometimes I forgot I wasn't on a dirt bike! All in all I felt that this is one of those bikes that truly is perfect for a rider like me who started on a dirt bike and transitioned to street but still needs a bit of BRAAAP, even in their street bikes. It gives you that same control and confidence that you feel on a smaller lighter bike but has the power that you need for a long road trip. The lower seat height and automatic brake system also make it a fun bike for experienced riders or beginners. I have to admit that the details like the USB charging socket under the seat made it a great camping bike as well. If you ask me, I say, Scramble On! Triumph nailed it! Contact your local dealership and take this baby for a rip, you won't be bummed.
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