Triumph Scrambler 1200 Teased; Global Unveil In October 2018


Triumph Motorcycles will be unveiling the Scrambler 1200 on 24 October, 2018.




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The Triumph Scrambler 1200 will have a comprehensive electronics package

It had to happen! After Ducati introduced the Scrambler 1100 last year, it was a matter of time before Triumph brought out a bigger scrambler too. In fact, Triumph has been testing the Scrambler 1200 for quite some time now. And now, Triumph Motorcycles has released a teaser of the Scrambler 1200, which will be globally unveiled on 24 October, 2018 ahead of the EICMA in Milan. In all possibility, Triumph will have two variants of the Scrambler 1200 which could be named ‘Retro’ and ‘R.’ The new Scrambler 1200 ‘R’ will have Showa upside down forks and Ohlins twin-shocks fitted to a new swingarm which will be longer as well. Also new is a large 21-inch front wheel (the current Street Scrambler has a 19-inch front wheel).


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Also Read: New Triumph Scrambler 1200 Spotted Testing

triumph scrambler 1200 spy shot(Triumph Scrambler 1200 Test Mule: Source-Motorcyclenews.com)

The lower spec ‘Retro’ model might have Nissin brakes and KYB suspension in a bid to keep costs down. Triumph already has the Street Scrambler in its line-up, which shares the 900 cc parallel-twin engine with the Street Twin and the Bonneville T100. The Street Scrambler has ride-by-wire throttle, ABS and traction control, but the bigger 1200 cc Scrambler could possibly get additional riding modes as well, including in all probability an “off-road” mode as well.

Also Read: Triumph Scrambler 1200 Could Have Two Variants

Some of the features on the Triumph Scrambler 1200 include an LED headlamp, engine and hand guards, a 21-inch wheel up front and a 19-inch wheel at the rear. The engine of course will be a 1,200 cc parallel-twin motor and we believe it will be in a different tune as compared to the other 1,200 cc engines in Triumph line-up such as the Bonneville Bobber, Bonneville Speedmaster and the Bonneville T120. There are also rumours floating of Ducati coming up with a Desert Sled 1100 which could make its debut at the 2018 EICMA in November 2018 and if that happens, it will be one of the biggest rivals to the Triumph Scrambler 1200.

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We would like to believe that Triumph will launch the Scrambler 1200 in India sometime in the first half of 2019 with the global launch in early 2019.

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 Makes Hollywood Debut In ‘Venom’





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The Scrambler 1100 is ridden by actor Tom Hardy’s character in the film

A Ducati Scrambler 1100 has been spotted in the trailer of the upcoming Hollywood film ‘Venom’ where actor Tom Hardy’s character is shown riding the bike. Hardy’s character Eddie Brock is seen riding what seems to be the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 in several scenes, as shown in the trailer of the upcoming film from Marvel. The film is expected to be released in October, and the Scrambler 1100 is expected to get significant screen presence, with the protagonist riding it in several scenes. In a spectacular scene shown in the trailer, Tom Hardy and the bike fly in mid-air and separate, before the rider and the bike land together.

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(The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is seen in several scenes in the film)

Watch the trailer of ‘Venom’ here:

The new Ducati Scrambler 1100 has already been spotted in India and is expected to be launched sometime in August 2018. The Scrambler 1100 will be the top-of-the-line model in the Scrambler family and will address a section of riders seeking a more performance oriented model in the Scrambler line-up. Globally, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 is available in three variants – the standard Scrambler 1100, Scrambler 1100 Special, and the Scrambler 1100 Sport. All three variants are expected to be offered on sale in India as well.

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The Scrambler 1100 shares the engine with the Ducati Monster 1100. The 1,079 cc, L-twin has been tweaked for smoother fuelling and makes 85 bhp at 7,500 rpm and peak torque of 88 Nm at 4,750 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, and the Scrambler 1100 also gets a comprehensive electronics package, with three riding modes, and five-level traction control. Also standard is a slipper clutch and the bike also get an inertial measurement unit (IMU) which helps calculate lean angles and actuate the cornering anti-lock braking system. The throttle is ride-by-wire and the bike gets three riding modes – Active (with full power and direct throttle response), Touring (with full power and relaxed throttle response) and City (with power reduced to 75 bhp and muted throttle response). The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is expected to be priced between ₹ 11 – 12 lakh (ex-showroom) once it’s launched in India.

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Exclusive: Ducati Scrambler 1100 Spotted In India





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The Ducati Scrambler 1100 has been spotted in India ahead of its launch

Ducati India will launch the Ducati Scrambler 1100 in India very soon, in all likelihood, by the first half of August. A Carandbike reader has sent us these exclusive spy shots of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 in India, and the launch of the bigger Scrambler 1100 is imminent. The Scrambler 1100 will be the top-of-the-line, large displacement model in the Ducati Scrambler series. The Scrambler 1100 will address a section of riders who want a Scrambler which is a little bigger and more performance oriented than the standard Ducati Scrambler which has been on sale for some time now. Globally, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 is available in three variants – the standard Ducati Scrambler 1100, the Scrambler 1100 Special and the Scrambler 1100 Sport. In India too, all three variants are expected to be offered.

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(The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 is expected to be priced between ₹ 11-12 lakh ex-showroom)

The Scrambler 1100 is powered by the 1,079 cc, air-cooled L-twin from the Ducati Monster 1100, but the engine has been tweaked for smoother fuelling and makes 85 bhp at 7,500 rpm and peak torque of 88 Nm at 4,750 rpm. Like the 803 cc Scrambler, the Scrambler 1100 gets a six-speed gearbox as well as a slipper clutch to aid in aggressive downshifts. The bigger Scrambler also gets a comprehensive electronics package, with three riding modes as well as a five-level traction control. It also comes with an inertial measurement unit (IMU) which helps calculate lean angles and actuate the cornering ABS. The throttle is ride-by-wire and the three riding modes are Active, with full power and direct throttle response, Touring (with full power and relaxed throttle response) and City (with power reduced to 75 bhp and muted throttle response).

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(The Ducati Scrambler 1100 gets a new 1,079 cc L-twin engine and electronics package, including riding modes, slipper clutch and cornering ABS)

The brakes comprise of 330 mm discs up front, paired with radially mounted four-piston Brembo M4.32B Monobloc calipers, and at the rear is a 245 mm single disc with a single-piston caliper. The suspension system on the standard Scrambler 1100 and the Scrambler 110 Special is handled by a 45 mm upside down Kayaba fork which is adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. The Scrambler 1100 Sport gets top-spec Ohlins suspension with the same specs. The rear suspension is also adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload.

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(The Ducati Scrambler 1100 will be available in a choice of three variants – Standard, Special and Sport)

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Aesthetically, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 retains the trademark Ducati Scrambler design language, with gets a liberal dose of aluminium finishes on the engine covers, clutch and alternator cover. Also new is a new LCD instrument panel which displays the additional info like riding modes and traction control settings. The riding position is expected to be somewhat different from the standard Ducati Monster with the handlebar set lower and farther forward, and footpegs which make for a slightly different set of ergonomics. The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is expected to be priced between ₹ 11 – 12 lakh (ex-showroom) and will compete with the likes of the Triumph Thruxton R.

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2019 Norton 650 Atlas Scrambler Announced





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The 650 cc scrambler will be called the Norton Atlas 650

British motorcycle manufacturer Norton will unveil a prototype for a new scrambler model with a 650 cc, parallel-twin engine in November 2018. So far, only finished engineering sketches have been released of the bike, a scrambler model which uses a name used for the 1963 Norton scrambler. Norton Motorcycles released the sketches with the promise that the bike will be revealed at the NEX bike show in the UK in November 2018, with deliveries in the UK set to begin by 2019.

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Norton Atlas 650

Also Read: Norton 650 cc Scrambler Concept Announced

Technical specifications of the Norton Atlas 650 haven’t been announced yet, but it has been widely reported that the Atlas will be powered by a new 650 cc parallel-twin engine which will put out between 70 bhp and 100 bhp, depending on the version. So far, there are no further details on any more plans about the Atlas 650, but Norton is expected to make the bike available across the world, and hopefully, including India. But all that will depend on how the bike is eventually priced, or if it would be even assembled under Norton’s partnership with Kinetic Motoroyale. What the Atlas 650 will face, as competition in India, will be Royal Enfield’s 650 cc twins, as well as Triumph’s modern classic range. But the Atlas 650 is expected to be a lot more expensive than what the Royal Enfield 650 cc twins will be priced at, once they are launched.

Also Read: What The Kinetic-Norton Joint Venture Is All About

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For now, Norton maintains that the Atlas will be priced competitively to make it attractive not only in the UK, but to markets across the world. In India, Norton bikes will be assembled under the Kinetic-Norton joint venture, in which Kinetic holds a 51 per cent majority stake, with Norton holding the remaining 49 per cent. Under the JV, motorcycles will be assembled in India from completely knocked down (CKD) kits, to be sold not only in India, but to be exported to other markets in the ASEAN region as well.

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Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 Review




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Prices of the Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 start at Rs. 8.56 lakh (ex-showroom)

The Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 was first unveiled more than a year ago. It was a long journey for it to be launched internationally, then in India and finally ended with us getting the key to the bike. The Scrambler Mach 2.0 was created by the famous motorcycle designer, Roland Sands. The original Scrambler is a throwback to the hip, scrambler motorcycles of the ’60s and this one has even more retro vibes to it, thanks to the custom paintjob. The motorcycle remains the same as it is when it comes to the mechanicals and the specifications. But there are a few minor changes of course. Read on to find out.

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ducati scrambler mach 2.0 review(The Scrambler Mach 2.0 looks beautiful on the move)

Urban, hipster & chic

Coming straight to the point, we quite like the new paintjob which includes cream, yellow and brown with black stripes. The colours hark back to typical Californian west coast vibes of the 1970s and pays homage to the Scrambler Mach 1 of the ’60s and the design was inspired by the Bell Cross Idol helmet. The minimalist design of the Scrambler coupled with the fuel tank painted in new colours along with the rear panel right below the seat come together to give the bike a beautiful, nonchalant hippie look which invokes all sorts of motorcycling emotions inside you.

ducati scrambler mach 2.0 review(The custom paintjob on the Scrambler Mach 2.0 was designed by Roland Sands)

Then there are the blacked out parts such as the engine covers and the exhaust which gel well with the overall look of the bike. The handlebar too is new and is slightly flatter and wider than the one on the standard Scrambler Icon. This gives you a wider stance when you sit and makes it easy to manoeuvre through the traffic or even stand up and ride, should you be in the mood for it. Your arms are more comfortable and it kind of makes you look good when on the move. The seat is a new flat-track style unit too. The black bits give the bike a grungy look along with the cool retro flavour that the new colour scheme oozes.

Engine specifications and features

ducati scrambler mach 2.0 review(The Scrambler Mach 2.0 uses the same engine as the standard Scrambler Icon)

The Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 uses the same 803 cc L-twin Desmo air-cooled engine which makes 72 bhp at 8,250 rpm and churns out peak torque of 67 Nm at 5,750 rpm. The engine is mated to the same six-speed gearbox as before. Like the standard Scrambler Icon, the Mach 2.0 gets 41 mm upside down Kayaba forks at the front and an off-set Kayaba monoshock which can be adjusted for pre-load and rebound. Braking is taken care of by a 330 mm single disc up front with a radial 4-piston calliper and a 245 mm disc at the rear with a single-piston floating calliper.

ducati scrambler mach 2.0 review(The bike gets a new flatter, wider handlebar along with similar features to the Scrambler Icon)

ABS is standard fitment along with a USB socket under the seat and LED ring up front and a diffused LED tail lamp. The instrumentation console is the same as other Scrambler models, a single pod LCD screen.

How does she perform?

ducati scrambler mach 2.0 review(The grip from the Pirelli MT60 dual-sport tyres is good on tarmac and on dirt as well)

In a sentence, as good as she looks! The first gen Scramblers had this snappy throttle which required you to have a good control on your right wrist but Ducati has refined the throttle, although in first gear the bike still lurches forward with urgency. A twist of the wrist and the speed of the bike sync much better than before! The bike loves to be ridden hard. You keep the throttle pinned and she will keep on churning her insides and get you that surge of power that belies the fact that this is just a middleweight naked sport making only 72 horses. The gearbox is smooth and works well with the engine. Having a wet weight of 183 kg, the bike, with its sharp handling, makes filtering through urban traffic easy and dare I say, almost enjoyable.

ducati scrambler mach 2.0 review(The Scrambler Mach 2.0 is not afraid of dirt. She enjoys it rather)

The bike has a plush ride too. The suspension is slightly on the softer side, because we guess it is meant to tackle a little more than just broken roads. In fact, the agile chassis makes it easier to change directions quickly and the grip from the Pirelli MT60 dual-sport tyres is pretty impressive be it tarmac or dirt. We briefly took the bike off-road and short of doing 15 foot up-in the-air jumps; the Scrambler Mach 2.0 will do your bidding willingly, when the road ends and the gravel begins.

Price and verdict

The prices for the Ducati Scrambler Mach 2.0 start at ₹ 8.56 lakh while the prices for the Scrambler Icon start at ₹ 7.23 lakh, a difference of 1.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). So, is it worth paying the extra money for some blacked out bits and a sexy retro colour scheme? Well, we wouldn’t think so. There is no mistaking the looks and charm of the Scrambler Mach 2.0. But if old-school modern classic motorcycles are your weakness and you have that kind of money lying around, by all means, go get the Scrambler Mach 2.0. But if not, the Scrambler Icon works equally well.

ducati scrambler mach 2.0 review(The Scrambler Mach 2.0 costs ₹ 1.33 lakh more than the Icon variant)

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The motorcycle looks gorgeous without trying too hard and we like the performance too. It can happily be your daily ride and maybe give you company on light trail rides as well. We just aren’t quite convinced about the price difference between the standard model and the Mach 2.0.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout Movie Features The BMW R nineT Scrambler





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The Mission: Impossible – Fallout is slated to be released in July this year

BMW has had a long association with the Mission Impossible movie series over the years. Right from the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept traversing across the streets of Mumbai, to that fantastic chase sequence in the fifth installment with the BMW S1000 RR, the movies have placed the German cars prominently in the narrative, and that’s something we expect to see with the forthcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout as well, the sixth movie in the franchise. The new trailer of the upcoming movie shows actor Tom Cruise astride the BMW R nineT Scrambler, along with a host of other offerings from the Bavarian manufacturer.

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(The E28 BMW 5 Series also features in the latest Mission Impossible franchise)

The product placement deal allows a host of BMWs to feature in the movie. The BMW R nineT Scrambler very obviously is part of a chase sequence as per the trailer. The bike looks stock for the movie, barring the bar-end mirrors and a fender eliminator as some of the subtle changes. Too bad though, Tom Cruise, who is riding the motorcycle, does so without wearing a helmet (eventually crashing in the next scene).

Also Read: The Best Cars And Bikes From The Marvel Cinematic Universe

The trailer also reveals Cruise driving the beautiful E28 second generation BMW 5 Series, while a few R1200 GS police motorcycles are also part of the sequence. There’s also a BMW F800 GS somewhere in that ensemble, making a brief appearance in the trailer.

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(The BMW S1000 RR was a part of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)

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It’s interesting to note that motorcycles are making a comeback to the big screen, especially in a big way. Apart from Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the upcoming Marvel flick Ant-Man And The Wasp’, will also feature the Triumph Thruxton R in one of its major chase sequences. Marvel is known for its product tie-ins across several movies, having featured several Harley-Davidson motorcycles across the Avengers and Captain America movies.

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Triumph Scrambler 1200 Could Be Introduced In 2 Variants





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The Triumph Scrambler 1200 could make its debut at EICMA 2018 in November

Scrambler motorcycles are getting popular globally and after Ducati, it is Triumph Motorcycles that will be expanding its Scrambler range with a larger capacity engine. While the upcoming Triumph Scrambler 1200 was spotted testing earlier this year, UK-based Visordown now reports that there might not be one, but two iterations of the Scrambler 1200 when it goes on sale. Much like the middleweight Triumph Street Scrambler 900, the upcoming 1200 cc version will be sharing its underpinnings with the Bonneville range, while the motor in question is the 1200 cc parallel-twin shared with the Triumph Speedmaster, Thruxton and Bobber motorcycles.

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(Upcoming Triumph Scrambler with 1200 cc engine spotted doing test runs)

The report suggests that there will be a high-spec version of the Triumph Scrambler 1200, and an entry-level version will also be a part of the line-up. The rumour does have weightage considering that’s the strategy the bike maker has opted for with its recent offerings including the Thruxton and Thruxton R, Street Triple S and RS, as well as the Speed Triple S and ₹

There is likely to be a Scrambler 1200 ‘R’ variant, which will sit as the range-topping variant and will gets a premium suspension setup and braking components. The previous spy shots revealed the motorcycle to get longer travel Ohlins USD forks up front and Ohlins twin shocks at the rear with remote reservoirs dual springs. There were also radial brakes from Brembo. In contrast, a simpler suspension from KYB and braking setup from Nissin, is likely to be offered on the standard Triumph Scrambler 1200, and should come at a more affordable price point.

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(Triumph India already sells the Street Scrambler 900 priced at ₹ 8.60 lakh)

In terms of design though, the upcoming Triumph Scrambler 1200 will mimic its 900 cc sibling sporting the minimal bodywork, flat handlebar, bash plate, knobby tyres with a larger 21-inch front tyre and high mounted dual exhausts.

With the upcoming 1200 versions, the Triumph Scrambler family will be offered in three versions – 900, 1200 and 1200 R – catering a different customer base respectively. The Triumph Scrambler 1200 is expected to be revealed towards the end of this year, possibly an EICMA debut and it is likely that Triumph Motorcycles will bring the model to India as well. The Triumph Street Scrambler is already on sale here and is priced at ₹ 8.60 lakh (ex-showroom).

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