Sad to say our attractive 2018 model Triumph Street Scrambler has done its duty and is being offered for sale at an equally attractive price.
It comes with more than $3000 worth of extras, has 17,000km on the odometer and is being offered at just $14,200, compared with $16,100 (+ORC) just a year ago.
We can even leave the “Motorbike Writer” stickers on, if you like!
It’s been a wonderful machine, able to take on poor conditioned roads, roadworks and the urban jungle with ease.
I had to own the Street Scrambler ever since I reviewed it when it was released in 2017.
However, I like to change bikes every year or so to avoid boring you guys with the same motorcycle in our social media posts and website articles.
So it’s now up for sale. I can be contacted anytime on 0400 366620 for haggling or click here to send me an email.
Original Triumph accessories include:
- Vance & Hines pipe: $1599.95
- Pannier and rack: $364
- Bar-end mirrors: $175
- Engine protection bars: $199
- Brown seat: $490
- Grips: $50
- Headlight grille: $94.95
- Number board: $54.95
- Padded brown bar brace: $95
Apart from its scheduled 1000km and 10,000km services, the only work it has needed was a new set of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres a couple of months ago.
They still have plenty of rubber left and make the bike steer sharper, grip further out to the edge and provide good longitudinal grip on loose gravel or wet roads.
Here is some of our original review together with additions to make it a long-term review:
The 900cc engine has exactly the right balance of power you need when negotiating difficult conditions such as slippery roads.
Thanks to a responsive, but not overly sensitive ride-by-wire throttle, the rider always feels in control.
The traction control works well to provide just a little bit of slip before smoothly cutting power and saving your bacon.
With traction control off, you can control power slides on dirt nicely thanks to the feel and feedback in the throttle. There is no sudden snatch and loss of traction.
There is also a smooth transition from idle to power on the throttle which makes a breeze of urban manoeuvring and tight, feet-up u-turns.
Coupled with one of the lightest clutches I’ve ever experienced and precise five-speed transmission, the Scrambler is a delight to use in heavy traffic.
First gear is a bit tall, but then the gears are spaced out up to fifth which sits comfortably at 3300 revs at highway speeds.
That’s just above peak torque, so overtaking is simply a matter of winding on more throttle without having to changed down cogs.
You may only feel the need to search for the absent sixth gear if riding a European autobahn.
The standard mufflers on the first test bike I tried purred like a kitten.
However, the Vance & Hines provide a delicious growl that is purr-fectly legal. The compliance plate is underneath, in case the cops ask!
One of the biggest surprises about the powertrain has been its economy.
It sits pretty consistently around 3.8L/100km which exactly matches the claimed figure.
Around town, I have even got it as low as a remarkable 3.4L/100km.
Even with a smaller 12-litre tank, range is close to 300km with the fuel light coming on about 230/240km.
The Street Scrambler not only goes well, but stops strongly with a single 310mm disc up front.
Its ABS is non-intrusive and is even very effective on dirt and wet roads.
The switchgear is excellent quality and the instruments have a comprehensive range of information available: Odo, two trips, average and instant economy, range and clock.
At night, the instruments look very attractive with a clear, pale blue light.
The original two-piece seat has a comfortable suede-look covering that is surprisingly easy to keep clean.
I sent the rider’s seat off to John Moorhouse at Ergo Seats to give it some extra stuffing so it’s now even more comfortable.
I usually ride with the solo seat and the original aluminium rack on the back.
In Queensland, you can also remove the pillion pegs and register it as a solo bike to halve your annual rego fee. I kept the rego as two-up.
When I want to look really cool or take part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, I attach the brown one-piece seat.
The single waxed-cotton pannier is attractive and weatherproof.
It will hold the daily groceries and enough luggage for a few days away if you pack light, like me.
Suspension on the Street Scrambler is on the firm-but-fair side.
Yet the forks and twin shocks have enough give to iron out corrugations and keep the wheels on the ground to prevent fork chatter.
The firm rear shocks prevent loss of traction under acceleration or braking and prevent bottoming out on big hits or two up.
Despite the 19-inch front wheel, this bike steers fairly quickly. Even better now with the Pirelli rubber.
2018 Triumph Street Scrambler
- Our price: $14,200
- Original 2018 price: $15,900 plus on-roads (Jet Black, Khaki Green), $16,100 (Korosi Red, Frozen Silver)
- 2019 model price: $16,200 (+ORC)
- Engine: Liquid cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank, 900cc parallel twin
- Bore x Stroke: 84.6 x 80mm
- Compression: 10.55:1
- Power: 40.5kW @ 6000rpm
- Torque: 80Nm @ 2850rpm
- Transmission: wet, multi-plate assist clutch, 5-speed, chain drive, clutch assist
- Chassis: Tubular steel cradle frame, twin steel swingarm
- Wheels: 19 x 2.5in; 17 x 4.25in steel spoked
- Tyres: 100/90-19; 150/70 R17
- Suspension: KYB 41mm forks, 120 mm travel; KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm travel
- Brakes: 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper; 255 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper; ABS
- Width: 831mm
- Seat: 790mm
- Wheelbase: 1446mm
- Rake/trail: 25.6º/109mm
- Dry weight: 206kg
- Tank: 12 litres
- Economy: 3.8l/100km (claimed and tested)