2012 Triumph Scrambler Pros
Performance: Low down torque suits laid back riding.
Rideability: Nice stable platform. Perfect for town work.
Desirability: People just like 'em. Instant eye-appeal.
Sound: 270-degree crankshaft gives lazy offbeat throbs.
Support: Triumph customer care is generally excellent.
Accessories: Lots of stuff from Triumph and 3rd parties.
Easy going: Speed is down, profile is high. Perfect.
Kudos: Triumph is a world class brand. Be proud.
Price: Very competitive. Reasonable re-sale values.
Engine: Tried and tested Bonneville motor.
Smooth: Ideal for touring solo or two up.
Pillion: Not a great saddle, but better than any bike perch.
Steve McQueen: US desert racer lookalike. Enjoy.
Economy: We've had 65 (high-speed) mpg from these.
Arrow exhaust: Triumph extra. Better looks. Better sound.
Electric start: Perfect for the ageing Meriden-era boys.
Colour: Nicely understated. Just add mud and dust.
2012 Triumph Scrambler Cons
Bulky: Lardy when compared to '60s Triumph Scramblers.
Silencers: Lacks elegance with poor ergonomics.
Warranty: Irritating faults need a good running-in shakedown.
Options: Basic stuff costs extra (centre stand, grab rail, etc).
Bash plate: Shouldn't it be standard fitment?
Fake: Carburettors. Front breather "pushrod" tube.
Weight: These really need to diet and lose 50-60lbs.
Suspension: Bottoms-out easily. Needs upgrading.
Brakes: Some riders will need more than offered.
Seat: Unattractive, and plankish.
Retro: Triumph should be looking ahead, not backward.
Throttle: Occasional poor low-speed response.
Torque: Flat curve makes life easy (but risks blandness).
Kayaba forks: 41mm. 4.7 inches travel. But no adjustment.
Silencers: Emissions regs makes 'em way too bulky.
Cleaning: Tricky access around the header bikes.