Review Triumph Scrambler 1200 X and XE 2024

Triumph recently dropped the curtain and revealed their latest players in the 2024 Scrambler collection: the brand spanking new Triumph Scrambler 1200 X, ready to kick the outgoing 1200 XC to the curb. Not only is this bad boy more easily approachable in terms of both performance and price, but they also gave a sweet upgrade to the already awesome Scrambler 1200 XE.

Okay, get ready for some fun facts about the Scramblers! Both of these bad boys have got the same liquid-cooled 1,200cc parallel-Twin engine with SOHC and a 270-degree crankshaft. According to Triumph, they’ve tweaked it a bit so that now you’ll get that peak power and torque a little earlier in the rev range compared to the older models. They’re claiming 89 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 81 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm. How’s that for some oomph?

2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 X 1200 XE

But here’s the cool part – they’ve also upgraded the throttle body to a new single 50mm one and made some tweaks to the exhaust headers. What does all that jargon mean? Well, it means you’re gonna have improved flow and a wider spread of torque in the upper rev range. From 5,000 rpm all the way to the redline, baby!

Now, at the grand unveiling of these awesome bikes, a guy from Triumph called Alastair Fairgrieve made a pretty cool announcement. He said that the changes to the exhaust headers not only make the ride smoother, but they also bring down the heat the rider feels. So it’s like they’re giving you a two-for-one deal on improvements! Triumph really knows how to take care of their riders, don’t they?

So there you have it, folks. The Scramblers are packing some serious power and torque, and Triumph has made sure you’ll have a blast while riding them. Who’s ready to hit the open road and have some fun?

On a lighter note, both bikes come equipped with throttle-by-wire, a slick 6-speed gearbox, and a nifty slip/assist clutch. But here’s where the fun begins – riders can indulge in their riding preferences by selecting from a whopping five ride modes. That’s right, we’ve got Sport, Road, Rain, Off-Road, and even a customizable Rider Configurable mode! But wait, there’s more! The XE model takes it up a notch with an exclusive Off-Road Pro mode. So whether you’re looking to conquer the urban jungle or face the wild unknown, these bikes have got your back!

2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 X

In a hilarious twist, Triumph has chosen to shake things up in the suspension department for their latest bikes. Out go the fancy Showa and Öhlins suspension systems, and in come the Marzocchi components. Don’t worry though, they haven’t completely lost their minds. The Triumph Scrambler 1200 X still maintains a road-biased setup with a 45mm inverted fork and adjustable rear shocks. The travel has been slightly reduced to 6.7 inches, but hey, who needs that extra 1.2 inches anyway? Now, if you’re a true off-road fanatic, the 1200 XE is the one for you. It boasts fully adjustable components front and back, with more compression and rebound increments than you can count. With a whopping 9.8 inches of travel, this bad boy is ready to conquer any trail you throw at it. Who knew suspension could be so entertaining?

2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Triumph’s Tiger 900 models have Marzocchi components, and let me tell you, Triumph considers them the real deal. They’re like the “go-to guys” in the industry, and it seems Triumph has full faith in their ability to provide an outstanding setup.

With a chuckle, Triumph’s chief engineer, Stuart Wood, couldn’t help but poke fun at the successful partnership with Marzocchi. “Working with Marzocchi on the Tiger 900s was a blast,” he exclaimed, before cheekily adding, “And let me tell you, we were equally thrilled with the outcome on the Scrambler 1200s! It’s a win-win situation for the rider and the owner – they get exceptional value while we get to keep that sweet price point intact.”

In addition to the sweet deal on pricing – the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 X comes in $1,150 cheaper than its predecessor, the XC – Triumph’s got their ears open to what customers have been saying. And what did they hear? People wanted a lower seat height. Well, good news folks! The Scrambler 1200 X delivers with a decrease of almost an inch, going from 33.1 inches to 32.3 inches. And if that’s still not low enough for you, they’ve got an optional low seat that drops it even further to groovy 31.3 inches. Now that’s what I call catering to the customer’s derriere desires!

2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 X

Wood said this is a tradeoff for suspension travel on the X, but when combined with the XE, which has a 34.3-inch seat height, it actually creates more options.

“Somewhere between the ground, the footpegs, and the love of suspension travel, you get the seat height,” he said. “So now we’ve got choice, and that’s what it’s all about. It broadens that choice, and more people can choose to get involved [in riding].”

Fairgrieve added that it creates a “really nice walk across the range.”

“We start down at the 400 X in the scramble range, move up to the 900, and then we’ve got a really nice ladder up to the full 1200 low seat height [on the X] and then the XE if you really want to go off-road have fun.”

2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

When it comes to stopping power, the XE boasts twin Brembo Stylema radial monoblock 4-piston front calipers clamping down on 320mm floating discs. The X has two 310mm discs and 2-piston axial calipers. Both bikes have a single-piston rear caliper and 255mm disc, as well as cornering ABS (switchable on the XE) and switchable cornering traction control.

Both bikes share the same tubular steel frame, as well as side-laced stainless steel wire-spoked wheels (21 inches in front, 17 in the rear) with aluminum rims shod with tubeless Metzeler tires: road-focused, dual-purpose Karoo Street on the X and Metzeler Tourance on the XE.

Some key ergonomic differences include different handlebar designs, with the XE measuring 2.56 inches wider than the X. The XE also has reversible risers as well a removable spacer for a 0.39-inch height adjustment. The XE also boasts adjustable foot controls to suit a variety of riding styles and footwear.

2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Marzocchi rear shock with piggyback reservoirs seen on the 2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Both bikes feature a twin-sided, cast aluminum swingarm, with the XE’s swingarm coming in 1.26 inches longer than the X for more control and confidence on difficult off-road terrain. And for improved touring capability, Triumph offers an accessory high “Dakar” screen and rugged luggage system with tailbag accessory options offering 102 liters of total capacity.

The Scrambler 1200 X features a hybrid multifunction LCD/TFT display incorporated in an circular instrument dial, and the XE has an integrated and customizable full-color TFT display with two design layout themes, each with a further three options to change the level of information displayed.

2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Full-color TFT on the 2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE.

From an aesthetics standpoint, both models feature a classic one-piece ribbed bench seat – black for the XE and brown for the X – and a variety of finishes and details, including sculpted side panels with a brushed aluminum Scrambler 1200 badge, the iconic Triumph triangle tank badge, a brushed aluminum Monza-style filler cap, and a brushed stainless tank strap. The XE is finished with brushed aluminum fenders, while the X features high quality painted fenders.

The 2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 X will be available in Carnival Red, Ash Grey, or Sapphire Black starting at $13,595. The Scrambler 1200 XE will be available in Phantom Black & Storm Grey, which features red accents, the new Baja Orange & Phantom Black, or the popular Sapphire Black starting at $15,295. Orders can be placed now at Triumph dealers, with bikes expected to arrive in February 2024.

For more information, visit the Triumph website.

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