A great old style all rounder that attracts attention wherever you go. A bike that needs no adjustment to ride with confidence. Non intimidating with adequate performance to please most. Would be perfect if it had 80 horses and a louder bark (this can be achieved with some simple after market parts though) A great bike that can be used all day & everyday.
Comfortable, neutral riding position, easy to live with, full of character and well put together, unique trail bike look, very versatile
Wind blast and tire noise at highway speeds, pipes can get very warm in stop/start traffic crawling. Would be "really exciting" if it had another 30 horses, I would also like another gear (but I say that about all bikes)
The Scrambler is a great value for money 60's styled bike, it is suprisingly useful in many applications. The excellent ergonomics of seat, pegs and bars will make you want to ride it all day, the engine once run is torquey and sounds fantastic as the engine revs build, it's not a superbike but it is easy to launch off the mark and punchy right through the rev range and keeps pace very well, the limiting factor being the stock Bridgestone Trailwing tires (toss them and add some sticky road biased tyres and you have a fantastic bike for blastin...g up a mountain road with peg feelers scraping as you tip it in. Considering the reasonably cheap purchase price, tossing a few thousand dollars towards it in performance modifications tranforms this fun, punchy cool looking bike into a serious piece of kit that will feel you are on the back of a wild mustang! Oh, must mention, you WILL be noticed on this thing so... if you don't like the regular chit chat with strangers and stares consider something else. Ergonomics, style, 270 degree engine crank, sound, comfort, reliability, attention seeker? Stock performance, basic suspension, average front brake, steel wheels, a little porky (235kg wet), attention seeker?
Questions & Answers
I have a 2007 scrambler. I love it but the twin upswept pipes got too hot in Summer in the Sydney traffic.
What can I do? Do the Arrow two into one, reduce the heat?
I'm afraid Ian that's just the trade-off you'll have to make if you want to retain the upswept pipes. Running a free flowing Arrow will generally run cooler but be prepared to not do it with half measures. You'll need a free flow air-box modification (pods work well) and you MUST have the ECU re-mapped to ensure your bike is running correctly "tuned". John at Motocciclo in Saint Peters can do that for you... Also, ride with kevlar motorcycle jeans, it helps the most and makes it manageable in summer. I assume you are on an unrestricted license so lane filter as much as possible to keep the bike moving/cooling. The Triumphs twins do tend to get very hot in our Australian climate and Sydney's congested traffic certainly makes things worse... I'd personally fit an unrestricted "tracker" styled under-slung 2 into 1 if I still had mine, open the air box and have it properly dyno tuned. Then address the front brake feel with braided line and pads, sort the ordinary suspension out (which lets the whole bike down, both front and rear) and fit a decent set of tires. It will totally transform your bike for there better and keep you satisfied long term. Try Tec Bike Parts in the U.K, They are excellent to deal with and affordable. George has a wealth of personal experience with air-cooled Triumphs going way back. Good Luck :)
Thanks mate. Great advice.
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