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2019 Triumph Street Scrambler First Look

Say hello to Triumph’s new and improved Street Scrambler motorcycle

The 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler receives some updates that makes this modern classic an even better multi-purpose motorcycle. From asphalt to dirt the 2019 Street Scrambler is ready to tackle it all with ease.

The Street Scrambler’s 900cc heart receives the most attention. Power from the liquid-cooled parallel twin has been boosted 18 percent from 55 to 65 hp and redline is now 500 rpm higher than before. Peak 59 pound-feet of torque arrives at just 3,200 rpm, right about the range where that sweet scrambler exhaust note arrives. The eight-valve engine drinks fuel from a 3.2-gallon fuel tank.

2019 Triumph Street Scrambler

The Scrambler class continues to heat up with Triumph’s latest 2019 offering, the Street Scrambler.

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Although tuning has the most to do with the improved numbers, a trio of lighter internal parts including a lightened crankshaft, dead shafts, and balance shafts all help it be more responsive and quicker to rev to its new, higher redline (7,500 rpm). Power is put back to the rear wheel via a new “torque-assist” clutch and five-speed gearbox and right-hand-side chain final drive. Claimed dry weight is listed at 437 pounds.

fork and motorcycle instrumentation

Left: A “higher-spec” fork was fitted and offers 4.7 inches of travel.
Right: Instrumentation is new and a mix of old and new.

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In the suspension department, the cartridge-style fork (4.7 inches of travel) is now of a “higher-spec” design which Triumph claims will offer up even more comfort, as well as elevating its off-road chops. A new Brembo fixed-mount four-piston front brake caliper improves braking power and feel compared to the previous equipment.

2019 Triumph Street Scrambler internals

The heart of the Street Scrambler has been updated. The engine internals are lighter, allowing the engine to spin to 7,500 rpm. Horsepower and torque are up too.

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The setup is matched with a larger-diameter, 19-inch spoked front wheel, a wider handlebar, and serrated footpegs (for more grip against the bottom of the boot) that have been presumably moved forward, according to Triumph press materials. The Street Scrambler rolls on more more aggressive Metzeler Tourance tires for better grip off highway.

serrated footpegs

Serrated footpegs should give good grip during off-road rides.

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The new Street Scrambler has always looked like a classic machine, but the technology hidden within—including new Road and Rain modes, switchable ABS and traction control, along with a torque assist clutch (for lighter lever pull)—makes it feel remarkably modern. These rider-assist functions bring a level of sophistication to the Scrambler that increases its appeal to both new and returning motorcycle riders as well.

2019 Triumph Street Scrambler seat

As always, Triumph’s attention to detail continues to be on point.

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A few strategic aesthetic improvements might go unnoticed to the untrained eye, but we will point them out here so you don’t miss them. The new instrument cluster is more modern than the previous dial, the seat boasts an “adventure-oriented” finish, a new LED rear light, wider fork, and an even cleaner back half of the bike in an effort to enhance that minimalist scrambler appearance. There’s also a USB charging port beneath the seat so you can charge gadgets on the run.

2019 Triumph Street Scrambler tires and brake caliper

Left: Dual-sport-style tires from Metzeler allow the Street Scrambler to be ridden off-road.
Right: The four-piston front brake caliper is sourced from Brembo, and the Street Scrambler has ABS.

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From an increase in power to its more refined on-/off-road design, the Street Scrambler should continue to be one of Triumph’s most popular models. Triumph also offers a vast line of accessories, including a Urban Tracker kit that allows for a more menacing and functional stance. The 2019 Street Scrambler is due to arrive in North America January 2019. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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