Along with its Street Twin upgrade, Triumph has also announced changes to the Street Scrambler model for 2019 calling it “all-new,” but from where we sit, it looks more like a comprehensive refresh. Sure, there are significant upgrades in the mix for 2019, so let’s explore.
The Street Scrambler is based on the Street Twin but is configured for more off-road capability. Like the 2019 Street Twin, the Street Scrambler gets the upgraded 900cc parallel-twin engine, which now makes 65 bhp at 7,500 rpm, or 18 percent more power than the previous model. Peak torque is 59 pound-feet delivered at a low 3,200 rpm. That High Torque Bonneville engine also gets a lighter crankshaft, magnesium cam cover, new lighter clutch, and mass-optimized clutch cover for 2019.
Other welcome upgrades include a new Brembo four-piston front brake caliper, which will undoubtedly address some of the Scrambler’s past sins. Up front, the Street Scrambler gets a higher-spec cartridge fork with 120mm of travel for 2019, its legs set apart wider and covered with scrambler-style rubber gaiters. Yep, that can only help another weak area.
The notable changes continue in the electronics department, with new Road and Rain riding modes being added to the mix (previously only offered on the 1200cc models). Each new mode will adjust the throttle map and traction-control settings to deliver the best rideability for conditions. This is in addition to the switchable traction control, which modulates delivery of the Street Scrambler’s torque when traction is compromised. Then there is the switchable ABS, which will boost safety and rider confidence.
Naturally Triumph made some visual tweaks too, adding new number-board side-panel graphics and upgrading the instrument styling with a new bezel and a new dial face. The wider spaced fork legs also mean the front fender is slightly revised, as is the top yoke and headlight bracket.
The new Street Scrambler can be had in three paint options: Fusion White, Cranberry Red, and Khaki Green with Matt Aluminium, and will be available starting in January 2019.