Triumph Scrambler 1200 Models for 2024

Triumph is fielding two Scrambler 1200 models in 2024. The 1200 XE returns with upgrades and the 1200 X debuts as a more accessible model in both cost and ergonomics. The fraternal twins both run Triumph’s 1200cc Bonneville engine in a re-tuned state to deliver maximum power at lower rpm. Its claimed 89 horsepower are now on tap at 7,000 rpm, with 81 pound-feet of torque busting loose from 4,250 rpm.

Scrambler 1200 Rolling Stock

Triumph is serious about getting these bikes dirty. Both scramblers ride on dirt-ready 21-inch front rims matched to 17-inchers at the rear. The spoked aluminum hoops carry quality Metzeler tires for top performance. The pavement-oriented X gets Karoo Streets, while the XE rides on dual-sport Tourances. Those looking to spend serious time off the tarmac can spec Michelin Anakee Wilds to maximize off-road grip.

Comfort and Performance

Triumph sourced new Marzocchi suspension, front and rear, for both machines. Twin rear shocks give a classic retro look to the scrambler pair, with the modern twist of piggyback reservoirs. The XE’s rear suspension is fully adjustable, providing 9.8 inches of travel, where the X rider can only adjust preload and bottoms out at 6.7 inches. The front forks for both are inverted Marzocchi units with 45 millimeter tubes. Again, the XE get a better “optimized” set.

Scrambler Brakes and Modes

Brakes are another area where the 1200 X model gets a little less. In this case the dual floating front discs are 10 millimeters smaller, 310 vs. 320 millimeters, and the calipers are Nissin 2-piston vs. Brembo 4-piston. Nissin calipers and 250 millimeter discs comprise the rear brake on both models, and each has ABS fore and aft, including “optimized” cornering ABS. Various automatic settings for ABS, traction control, and throttle response are available on the X via five riding modes. The 1200 XE has six, the bonus mode being Off-Road Pro, which gives the rider full control of the all functions.

Take Your Pick

Ergonomics differences start with seat height. The XE’s seat is 34.3 inches above ground, 2 inches higher than the X. A low seat option lowers the X even more. Next comes handlebars, which are wider on the XE for better control over rocks and ruts. Reversible risers assist riders in finding the correct hand position for long-term comfort, with the 1200 XE also carrying a removable 10-millimeter spacer for height adjustment. Finally, the XE’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer for better handling in the rough, while the shorter X should be easier to toss through the twisties. The Triumph pair weigh just over 500 pounds and carry almost four gallons of gas. The 1200 X lists for $13,595.00, the pumped-up XE starts at $15,295.00.

Timeless Scrambler Style

Each model comes in three designs of different colors. Black is the base of all the XE schemes. Choose solid Sapphire Black, or Phantom Black paired with Storm Grey or Baja Orange. The Scrambler 1200 X is marginally the more colorful bike, available in Carnival Red, Ash Grey, and Sapphire Black. Other styling touches include plenty of brushed metal on parts like the filler cap, mudguards, and badges. The high twin exhaust says “scrambler” loud and clear. And it wouldn’t be a scrambler if there weren’t plenty of ways to customize it. Triumph’s accessory catalog lists over 70 add-ons.

Triumph is doing their best to make the scrambler relevant again. With the features, powerplant, and looks of these new machines they just might do it. Adventure bikes, beware.

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Arden’s first motorcycle was a Yamaha Enduro, obtained while in high school. It set the stage for decades of off-pavement exploration on dual-sports and adventure bikes. Camping in the middle of nowhere became his favorite pursuit. As a former whitewater river guide and National Park Service seasonal employee, Arden believes in wilderness, wildlife, and being kind to the earth. A self-taught writer who barely passed English classes, he has contributed adventure stories and tested motorcycles and accessories for Rider Magazine and other outlets for nearly 30 years. In that time, he’s worn out two KLR 650s and is currently following the road to the middle of nowhere on his Ténéré 700 and an aging but reliable DR-Z 400S.