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Triumph 2022 Scrambler 1200 and Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition

If I could afford more than one motorcycle, a Triumph Scrambler would be on my list: iconic, cool, stylish, fun. Maybe that describes a lot of motorcycles, but ever since I test rode a Ducati in Salt Lake City, I’ve always loved Scramblers, and that day, I really wanted to take one home.

Now, Triumph tempts me once again with the new 1200 Scrambler series and a bonus, the Steve McQueen edition.

Some Highlights:

  • New Euro 5 engine update with lower emissions
  • New Euro 5 exhaust system update with improved heat distribution
  • High power 1200 cc Bonneville twin engine with dedicated Scrambler tune
  • 110 Nm at 4500 rpm and 90 PS at 7250 rpm
  • Wider handlebars and superior rider comfort
  • 21-inch front wheel, tubeless
  • Öhlins long travel fully adjustable RSUs and long travel Showa forks
  • Twin Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers
  • Long-travel aluminum swingarm
  • 6 ride modes, including off-road
  • ABS and traction control
  • LED lighting

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

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If you’re looking for an autograph from the “King of Cool”—though it wasn’t the man himself signing those handlebars, as Mr. McQueen has long since passed—here is the special edition. Each bike comes with a certificate of authenticity and has additional signatures from Triumph’s CEO, Nick Bloor, and Chad McQueen, Steve’s son.

 

Steve McQueen Edition (only 1,000 available worldwide)

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Scrambler History

Triumph Scramblers were first launched in 2018 and quickly set a category benchmark for state-of-the-art technology, specification, and customizations, as well as how they handle on-road and off. Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins used scramblers to race and we’re seeing the bikes used more often in off-road competitions.

The Steve McQueen edition was inspired by the 1963 classic film, The Great Escape, where prisoner-of-war, McQueen, (who is actually stunt-man, Bud Ekins) uses a Triumph TR6 to jump a 12-foot barbed wire fence, trying to escape Nazi soldiers. McQueen chose the TR6 over a period-correct German military motorcycle.

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Heather Lea has traveled to over 60 countries, 40 of which were on a BMW F 800 GS during a 708-day round-the-world motorcycle adventure with now-husband, Dave Sears (Trip Blog: Riding Full Circle). Heather has been a freelance writer for over twenty-five years and a book and magazine editor for more than fifteen. Aside from Expedition Portal, her stories can be found in Overland Journal, Canadian Geographic, Kootenay Mountain Culture, and Canadian Alpine Journal. She loves doing anything in the backcountry, including backpacking, four-wheel-driving, ski touring, and climbing. Heather is a Canadian now living in Bellingham, WA. Find her on Instagram at writer_heather_lea or on Facebook at Heather Lea—Senior Editor—motorcycles.