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My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« on: March 06, 2020, 10:44:46 pm »
So, the day has come that I bought a new bike. But let’s give some background first. I am a bit of a bike slut and have owned in the region of 45 bikes in the last 15 years. Those who know me knows that roughly the last 15 bikes were all KTM’s. From Super enduro, few 990R’s, 1190R and even one or two smaller orange machines. I have also owned a GSA and normal 1200Gs in the past as well and several Honda XR650R’s, Vstroms, YZ250’s, RD350, few super bikes, few Vespas, few vintage bikes etc..

Anyway, I sold my last bike about 2 years ago just before my 4th child was born and has ever since rented bikes for trips when the occasion presented itself.

To be honest, I was actually bored with all the bikes on offer and hate how everything just became a race for bigger, faster, more plastic, more bling and did I mention more plastic? In a way bikes got more ‘sex appeal’ but lost their soul with the modern types on offering.

And then the 1200XE scrambler came along. Something out of the ordinary and almost no plastic. Brushed aluminium fenders, metal tank cap and old school retro look, but without the hassle and shit of old bikes. I was instantly in love. I have always loved naked bikes with a round light and they have always been my favorite style of bike. Since the launch last year, I drooled over the bike, but tried to convince myself NOT to buy it as it is always cheaper just to rent a bike for my next trip.

Anyway my excuses ran out and this happened:
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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2020, 10:46:15 pm »
I am looking for these type and color soft bags if anyone know where I can find them:
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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2020, 11:07:45 pm »
My review on this bike in comparison with MY PREVIOUS BIKE EXPERIENCE:

Looks:
Absolutely gorgeous. What is not to like?

Comfort:
Seat is nice and soft. I am 1.93m tall and find the ergonomics acceptable. The seat to peg distance might have been a little more for my frame size, but I am still able to do long distances. Wind is obviously more on these type of machines, but this bike was never designed to ride at 200km/h plus. At 160km/h + the wind starts to push hard. Comfortable travel speed is up to 145km/h. Cruise control is wonderful.

Electronics:
Awesome dash. Like in really an awesome dash. So easy to navigate wit lots of cool features. Also has ABS, traction control and IMU.

Suspension:
Insanely stable and doesn’t seem to get upset no matter what you throw at it. Not as soft and plush as a 990R, but a softer ride than my 1190R. Can also jump speedbumps at 120km/h without any issues. My last trip was on a 2019 GSA and I would rate the scrambler as the better suspension bike.

Travel opinion:
Limited luggage possibilities, but with careful planning multiday trips can be done.

Engine:
Wow wow wow. Not the fastest, but the torque is just crazy. It has that typical big thumper torque on low revs in any gear but without that shit vibrations. On ‘high’ revs it really takes off. It has a low redline (7,000rpm), but while riding it you find that you never need to go to the redline due to the amount of torque, but when you do it really turns into a type of hooligan machine.

Service intervals:
16,000km... low stressed motor.

Problems:
Exhaust gets hot in traffic. My next mod will be to remove the cat and ceramic coat the header pipes on the inside.

Overall:
Really enjoyable bike. Probably the smoothest engine and gearbox I have ever felt. Everything screams of high quality with only the best components fitted. If you are however the type of person that enjoy touring at 200km/h, this bike is not for you. If you pack the kitchen sink, then this bike will also not be the best option, BUT if you want to be different and enjoy biking in one of it’s it purest forms BUT with a modern engine and chassis and electronic aids, then this bike might also be the right choice for you.

Happy biking and see you on the road.
« Last Edit: March 06, 2020, 11:13:11 pm by RedWolf »
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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2020, 12:19:22 am »
Congrats, cool set of wheels! Enjoy.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2020, 12:33:31 am »
Interesting
Nice looking bike


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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2020, 02:09:49 am »
Very sexy machine  :thumleft:  :drif:
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2020, 04:59:29 am »
very nice looking bike  :thumleft:
 

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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2020, 06:20:36 am »
Baie nice, en baie geluk!

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2020, 06:43:33 am »
Very nice!
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2020, 06:47:35 am »
Baie nice, en baie geluk!

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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2020, 06:51:13 am »
Tail tidy will also be done soon..
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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2020, 06:57:58 am »
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2020, 06:59:37 am »
Ummmmm Georgia, Gauteng?  :peepwall:
You should read the posts... :lamer:. The first pic is mine. The second post was a question as to where I can find soft bags like on that bike..
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2020, 07:01:21 am »
Ummmmm Georgia, Gauteng?  :peepwall:
You should read the posts... :lamer:. The first pic is mine. The second post was a question as to where I can find soft bags like on that bike..
You will also see the bike in the first post (mine) has a small windscreen. The bike in the second post is another bike..
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2020, 07:17:24 am »
Ummmmm Georgia, Gauteng?  :peepwall:
You should read the posts... :lamer:. The first pic is mine. The second post was a question as to where I can find soft bags like on that bike..
You will also see the bike in the first post (mine) has a small windscreen. The bike in the second post is another bike..

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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2020, 07:23:07 am »
Ummmmm Georgia, Gauteng?  :peepwall:
You should read the posts... :lamer:. The first pic is mine. The second post was a question as to where I can find soft bags like on that bike..
You will also see the bike in the first post (mine) has a small windscreen. The bike in the second post is another bike..

Whoops...  :imaposer: :imaposer:
:biggrin:. It is always easier to just check pictures and not read the posts... I am quilty of that as well.. :thumleft:
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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2020, 07:31:22 am »
Beautifull and this bike ticks all the boxes for me.
If I had the money I sadly would not buy one. My dreams are more centered around smaller bikes for now.
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2020, 07:35:02 am »
Ummmmm Georgia, Gauteng?  :peepwall:
You should read the posts... :lamer:. The first pic is mine. The second post was a question as to where I can find soft bags like on that bike..
You will also see the bike in the first post (mine) has a small windscreen. The bike in the second post is another bike..

Whoops...  :imaposer: :imaposer:
:biggrin:. It is always easier to just check pictures and not read the posts... I am quilty of that as well.. :thumleft:

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Re: My new bike... Triumph Scrambler XE 1200
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2020, 07:46:31 am »
Baie nice, en baie geluk!

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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2020, 08:01:38 am »
Baie mooi!
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