2009 Triumph Scrambler Review


The Triumph Scrambler re-emerged in 2006 as part of the Hinckley, England company’s classic line of motorcycles. The Scrambler designation first appeared on some models of the Triumph Trophy TR5 in the post-war era. The last motorcycle styled by Triumph designer John Mockett, the Scrambler draws its inspiration from Triumph’s street-scrambler motorcycles of the post war era, with enduro bike influences. Despite its stylistic inspiration, it’s important to remember the Scrambler is not an Enduro bike, or even classified as an adventure bike. The 2009 Triumph Scrambler is a classic bike in every way.

James Dean rode a Triumph TR5 Trophy. The character Fonzi from Happy Days was portrayed riding a 1949 Triumph Trophy Scrambler Custom. The 2009 Triumph Scrambler is heir to Triumph’s rich tradition of cool street bikes. The classic Triumph Trophy bikes drew stylistic inspiration from the Triumphs that won three gold medals in the 1948 International Six Day Trials enduro competition. This gives the Triumph Scrambler brand a lot of heritage appeal. The 2009 Triumph Scrambler pays homage to its roots with gaiters, high swept chromed exhaust pipes, and a dual flat seat. With a pure retro look, the modern Triumph Scrambler is sure to turn heads, whether parked in front of a café, or cruising down a boulevard on a Friday night.

One benefit to owning a 2009 Triumph Scrambler, rather than a truly vintage 1950s motorcycle, is you aren’t limited to 1950s technology. Triumph’s 865cc parallel twin engine powers the 2009 Scrambler. On the Scrambler, this modern engine produces a healthy 59 hp, with 51 ft. lbs. of torque. While this won’t win any races against modern super bikes, it is plenty of power for the rider who wants a bike to cruise boulevards, to commute to work in style, or simply to enjoy a leisurely ride on Pacific Coast Highway. Triumph changed the crank and firing interval on the Scrambler’s parallel twin from 360 degrees to 260 degrees to give the Scrambler a distinct exhaust note from the Bonneville’s 865cc parallel twin engine. The Scrambler also uses a modern sequential multiport fuel injection system, but it’s disguised as a carburetor to keep with the Scrambler’s classic profile. A 5-speed gearbox with an x ring chain final drive delivers the engine’s power to the wheels.

The 2009 Triumph Scrambler owner can expect great ride quality from this classic looking bike. A tubular steel cradle frame provides a stable foundation. Suspension is supplied by 41mm forks in front with twin chromed spring shocks in the rear. Nissin two-piston caliper disc brakes on the front and rear outfit the Scrambler with good stopping power. The Scrambler rides on a 19 inch front wheel, with a 17 inch rear wheel. All of this, combined with a cozy seat and natUral upright riding position, allows the Scrambler to be a comfortable commuter bike, whether you are fighting Southern California traffic, or eating highway miles in the Midwest.

For those not happy with stock motorcycles of any breed, the Scrambler has many customization options. Triumph offers a number of accessories, while a healthy aftermarket of third parties further allows the Scrambler owner to customize their bike in diverse ways to suit individual tastes. If you’re in the market for an eye-catching classic bike, you should definitely consider the Triumph Scrambler.

New For 2009

  • The Triumph Scrambler received a new paint option, Khaki Green, in 2009.

2009 Triumph Scrambler Specs

  • Model: Scrambler
  • Engine Type: Parallel 2-Cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 90 x 68 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2 :1
  • Valve Train: DOHC 4-Stroke
  • Induction: Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: Electronic
  • Transmission: 5-speed Gearbox
  • Final Drive: X Ring Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 46 mpg Combined
  • Brakes (Front): Single 310mm Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 255mm Disc
  • Suspension (Front): 41mm Forks
  • Suspension (Rear): Chromed Spring Twin Shocks
  • Wheelbase: 59.1 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 451 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 100 / 90 – 19
  • Tires (Rear): 130 / 80 – 17<


  • Arrow Exhaust System
  • Mufflers
  • Alarm Immobiliser
  • Single Seat and Rack
  • Leather City Bag - Black
  • Sissy Bar - Chrome
  • Center Stand
  • Gel Seat
  • Grab Rail
  • Tacho
  • Engine Dresser Bars - Black
  • Cam Cover - Chrome
  • Skid Plate
  • Skid Plate- Black Anodised
  • Disk Lock
  • Chain Guard - Chrome
  • Headlamp Grille
  • Anodised Brake Reservoir
  • Fuel Cap - Billet Style
  • Fuel Filler Cap - Lockable
  • Triumph Battery Optimiser
  • Number Boards
  • Handlebar Brace
  • Handlebar Brace Cover
  • Lifter Arm Cover - Chrome
  • First Aid Kit

Key Competitors For The 2009 Triumph Scrambler

  • Harley-Davidson Superlow
  • Norton Commando
  • Royal Enfield Classic