2006 Triumph Scrambler Review


The urban scrambler has always been a delight to motorcycle enthusiasts. Many riders first learned how to ride on a scrambler style bike. The vintage models remain popular restoration projects to this day. With a desire to mix it up early in the 21st century, Triumph began to offer new twists on old ideas, and in 2006, they delivered one of the best-looking bikes they have ever produced, the Scrambler. Avoiding trends of the contemporary scramblers manufactured in Japan, Triumph went with vintage styling and impressive, modern engineering.

Triumph Scramblers are marked by a melding of styles, including vintage Enduro, dual-sport, and even off-road. The 2006 Triumph Scrambler serves as a definitive example of this motorcycling meld. The Enduro looks are distinct. The rubber shock boots on the front fork suggest that water is no object for this motorcycle. Likewise, the high, shotgun exhaust suggests the ability to get off and on various types of terrain, even if there is some low-lying water. The somewhat knobby tires will offer a temptation to immediately find a well-groomed off-road trail, just to see what this bike is capable of doing.

Ultimately, the 2006 Triumph Scrambler was designed to scramble the urban environment. It is a definitive head-turner, and anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle will find it a joy to ride. Its styling screams 1950s- and 1960s-era influence. The seat takes its cue from the iconic Triumph Bonneville, offering comfort, as well as enough space for a passenger. In stark contrast to its stylistic predecessors, a robust 865cc parallel twin powers the 2006 Triumph Scrambler. This power train will impress anyone who rolls on the throttle. The Triumph Scrambler is quick off the line, accelerates and maneuvers skillfully within traffic, and when cruising long distances in its top gear, it offers a respectable 40mpg.

The simple instrumentation and body work of the Triumph Scrambler consists of the fenders, tank, and a single speedometer, which is placed snugly in the center of the traditional riser style handlebar. With a quick glance, riders will be able to monitor speed, trip distance, and the indicator lights, all without losing focus on the road. Regardless of being quite simplistic, the instrumentation is a noteworthy example of the attention to detail Triumph offered for the first-year Scrambler.

Who is the Triumph Scrambler the right fit for? After all, that is the most important question of the buying process. Anyone who desires a motorcycle for the sheer joy of riding on two wheels will enjoy looking this bike over. Its economy is also worth consideration. A quick sit, and it will immediately speak to potential owners. Some will dislike the exhaust running just under the right leg, while others will think it""s uniquely cool. The 32.5-inch seat height will leave some riders reaching with their tip-toes, and immediately dismissive of the bike. The 450-lb weight and the robust nature of the frame and engine will probably intimidate most beginners. The Triumph Scrambler is a bike that will be most enjoyed by those who look at it, and just know they have to have one. In such a case, all of the Scrambler""s idiosyncrasies will be learned on the road, and over time.

New For 2006

  • 2006 marks the first production year for the Triumph Scrambler.

2006 Triumph Scrambler Specs

  • Model: 2006 Triumph Scrambler
  • Engine Type: 865cc parallel twin, 270 degree firing interval
  • Bore and Stroke: 90 x 68mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Twin carburetors
  • Ignition: Digital, induction
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gal.
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 40mpg average
  • Brakes (Front): Single 310mm disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 255mm disc
  • Suspension (Front): 41mm fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Dual spring
  • Rake: 27.8 degrees
  • Trail: 105mm
  • Wheelbase: 59.1 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.5 in.
  • Curb Weight: 451 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 100/90 19
  • Tires (Rear): 130/80 17


  • Windscreens/Windshields
  • Saddlebags and Hard Panniers
  • Luggage Bags and Top Cases
  • Performance and Dress Accessories

Key Competitors For The 2006 Triumph Scrambler

  • 2006 Yamaha MT-03
  • 2006 Honda FMX 650