2012 Triumph Scrambler | Preview

Really liking this bike!  Cheryl always loved the retro looks but not me.  Recently though they are growing on me and might have to take one out for a ride! Get rid of the dual seat, add a skid plate and some other Farkles and perhaps a very cool DS bike…..not expensive!
Tom Wera
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2012 Triumph Motorcycle

Triumph’s tagline for the 2012 Scrambler explains it all: “A modern interpretation of a timeless classic, the Scrambler demands attention wherever it goes.”

And there’s much attention directed towards this classic that takes styling from the famed 1960s motorcycles that the likes of famous actors such as Steve McQueen had stripped down for off-road racing.

What Triumph did was take this classic machine, with its high-swept chrome pipes and fork gaiters, and added modern technology to it.

The air-cooled, DOHC 865cc parallel twin has a 270-degree firing interval which helps produce that thumping sound, but is modded with modern fuel injection for flawless function and amazing fuel mileage; the Triumph Scrambler gets around 46 mpg in town, and 60 mpg on the highway.

Speaking of the 2012 Triumph Scrambler’s engine, the UK-based motorcycle company says the “legendary air-cooled 865cc engine delivers plenty of midrange torque. Ninety percent of peak torque is maintained from around 2,500rpm to redline, giving smooth power delivery.”

Keeping it classic is the key to its success, even down to the fuel injectors. One look at the Triumph’s twin, and it appears to have carburetors. But these are just the throttle bodies, which hide the fuel-injectors.

As for handling, the Scrambler features a classic, tubular-steel cradle frame with “supple front and rear suspension” that provides 120mm of travel up front, and 106mm of travel out back. Stopping the 506-lbs. Scrambler is a single 310mm disc up front squeezed by Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, and a single 255mm disc out back, also squeezed by a Nissin 2-piston floating caliper.

The wheels are all classic, also; both the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear feature 36 spokes each and arrive with light knobby tires. And while cruising on the Scrambler, comfort is enhanced by high, wide handlebars and high-set footpegs.

Following are the specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Triumph Scrambler.

2012 Triumph Scrambler Specs:


  • Type: Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
  • Capacity: 865cc
  • Bore/Stroke: 90 x 68mm
  • Fuel System: Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
  • Exhaust: High level stainless steel headers with twin chromed silencers
  • Final Drive: X ring chain
  • Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
  • Gearbox: 5-speed
  • Oil Capacity: 4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)


  • Frame: Tubular steel cradle
  • Swingarm: Twin-sided, tubular steel
  • Wheels: Front 36-spoke 19 x 2.5in; Rear 40-spoke 17 x 3.5in
  • Tires: Front 100/90 19; Rear 130/80 17
  • Suspension: Front Kayaba 41mm forks, 120mm travel; Rear Kayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 106mm rear wheel travel
  • Brakes: Front Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper: Rear Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
  • Length: 2213mm (87.1in)
  • Width (handlebars): 860mm (33.8in)
  • Height without mirrors: 1202mm (47.3in)
  • Seat Height: 825mm (32.5in)
  • Wheelbase: 1500mm (59.0in)
  • Rake/Trail: 27.8º/105mm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity / Efficiency: 16 litres (4.2 US gals)
  • Wet Weight (ready to ride): 230 kg (506 lbs)
  • Instrument Display/Functions: Analogue speedometer with odometer and trip information

Performance (measured at crankshaft):

  • Maximum Power: 58bhp @ 6800rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 50 ft.lbs @ 4750rpm
  • Fuel Efficiency: 46 MPG City / 60 MPG Highway

2012 Triumph Scrambler Color Options/MSRP:

  • Matte Black / $8,799
  • Matte Khaki Green / $8,799


  1. David Burgis says:

    The retro look is sure cool I haven’t tested these models before only the cruiser,s, these bikes go for $10,000 in change here in Canada same as 2012 America but 2hp less not much to haggle about but when riding two up or carrying lots a gear, you wished it had 67hp like the Bonneville you cannot gas these twin cylinder motors in high gear or low speed high gear situations and get it to pull away in a hurry to get you out of trouble with out gearing down but they do well when you wind them up.I have also been told the seat,s are not comfy on long runs.

    • advgrrls says:

      With two up this bike would struggle to keep up..makes sense since it does lack HP…beat the gas mileage with just a rider would be great though. As for the seat…I see Triumph makes a gel two seater, wonder if they have their gel in the single? We loved the gel rider seat on the Tigers this summer….never once did we complain about our asses…even when you read back on older post from end f June through the entire trip to Aug. 11…our buts never came up. Huge plus in Triumphs corner for their optional seat comfort.

  2. Don Plummer says:

    I picked up a new 2010 Scram this July and got rid of my KLR 650. It now has 6900 miles. And…well.. I’m really glad I kept my V-Strom 650. IMHO, the Scram is just a styling exercise, not a real scrambler. In less than 3 miles of fire road the bolts fell out of the seat, the seat fell off and the front rim was dented, LOL. The Strom is my ADV bike, the Sram I bought for commuting, and it’s really good at that.

  3. Sue says:

    I have the ’09 Bonneville SE which I tour with. Lacks the gas range of the BMW R65LS but I carry extra gas. It’s so low and has such a low centre of gravity that it feels fairly light. This scrambler weighs too much for me to be a Dual purpose bike! Needs to go on a sever diet for we older, small riders! I’ll stick with the SE for road riding only. Still on the lookout for a small, light dual purpose adventure bike! Like my DR200 but cruises at 70 mph all day!

  4. bobz says:

    The “new” classics are great! I’ve got a “Black” that i’ve farkled a bit toward cafe. It goes and sounds great. I love it.

    I rather like the scabbler too… only in I had the money. I’ve got the old Top Gear buckle dirt boots and the requisite Belstaff jacket

    I took my Black for a 400 mile day ride and have to say my 65 year old bod was a bit worse for the wear. The suspension and seat (I have the optional sport seat) just don’t cut it for me.
    Younger , tougher riders may be ok. My BMW spoils me.

    These bikes are great for sunday morning rides…not so good for across the country touring. Not that the bike would not do it well….just my body would not do so well.

  5. jmk says:

    I have a 2010 model and love the bike. I started riding in 1968 and words really can’t describe the feeling, connection and emotion of being on this bike. One just has to experience it by riding, riding and riding. In my mind there is an adventure in every ride. Scott Toepher created a short film entitled, “It’s Better in the Wind” that reflects why many of us ride Triumph Scramblers or when we are not riding then we are probably thinking about it. Here is the link/website http://vimeo.com/31288625 for anyone that would like to watch.

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