2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen
2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen

2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE unveiled

Triumph has also showcased a limited-edition Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition, based on the Scrambler 1200 XE

The Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE were unveiled back in back in 2018 and offered a fresh take on big-bore Scrambler and were filled to the brim with tech and features. And now, the Hinckley based manufacturers have showcased the 2021 iterations of the Scrambler 1200 XC and XE along with a limited run Steve McQueen Edition which is based on the higher-spec Scrambler 1200 XE. Only 1000 of these will ever be made.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC, XE and Steve McQueen edition design

In terms of design, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE remain unchanged but do receive new colour schemes, and it will no be available in three colour schemes, two dual-tone finishes, Cobalt Blue with a Jet Black stripe and Matt Khaki Green with a Jet Black stripe and a single tone paint finish that’s called Sapphire Black. The Steve McQueen edition on the other hand gets a bespoke Competition Green paint finish, hand-painted gold lines, golden Triumph logos, brushed aluminum bits and extra crash protection over the standard 1200 XE which includes engine protection dresser bars which also cover the clutch and alternator covers. A pressed aluminum radiator guard is included as well. The Steve McQueen edition also features a brown bench seat to compliment the green paint finish. Apart from this, the limited run bike also gets a badge that shows which bike of 1000 it is and the buyer will also get a certificate of authenticity that is signed by Triumph’s CEO, Nick Bloor, and Chad McQueen (son of Steve McQueen).

2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen
2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE powertrain

For 2021, the 1200cc Bonneville twin-cylinder engine has been reworked to conform with the stringent Euro5 emissions norms. Despite complying with stricter emission norms, the Scrambler 1200 continues to make 88.7bbhp but this time around, it makes it 150rpm lower at 7250rpm. Even the peak torque at 110Nm remains unchanged but it makes it 550rpm higher at 4500rpm. Other updates include a redesigned exhaust system, which has helped with heat management, something that was a major complaint with the outgoing model.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE edition chassis

Both bikes feature a tubular steel with aluminum cradle frame. The Scrambler 1200 XC variant gets 45mm fully-adjustable Showa USD's on the front and fully adjustable Öhlins twin shocks at the rear which endow the bike with wheel travel of 200mm. While, the more focused XE variant gets 47mm fully-adjustable Showa USD's and fully adjustable Öhlins twin shocks at the rear with 50mm extra travel on both ends offering the XE 250mm of wheel travel. Braking comes courtesy of Brembo M50 monobloc calipers mounted on 320mm discs upfront and a Brembo caliper on a single-disc at the rear. The Scrambler 1200’s get a proper 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel setup wrapped in Metzeler Tourance rubber and if you want to take your off-road game one notch higher, Triumph also offers the Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres.

Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE electronics

The Scrambler 1200 XC and XE continue to offer a plethora of rider aids which include ride modes courtesy of a ride-by-wire system, ABS, traction control LED lighting on all ends. The Scrambler 1200 XE model also benefits from an IMU unit which enables lean-sensitive ABS and traction control. The XE also gets an additional Off-Road pro riding mode. One can also spec their bike with the Triumph My Triumph connectivity feature which enables turn-by-turn navigation, smartphone connectivity and GoPro controls via the colour-TFT instrument cluster. The MyTriumph connectivity features comes as standard on the Steve McQueen edition.

The Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE will be launched internationally shortly and we’ve been made aware that the Indian market will receive only the Steve McQueen edition. Whether or not the standard 1200 XC and XE models will come, remains to be seen.

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