Two new models will be landing in Triumph showrooms in January 2024, with an all-new Triumph Scrambler 1200 X, and an updated Scrambler 1200 XE. Let’s take a quick look at what’s new!
You’ll recognise the XE variant as launched in 2019, with the same 1200 cc parallel-twin as found in the Thruxton (and other 1200cc Bonnies) but given a scrambler tune, with dedicated chassis and off-road spec parts to give the Scrambler some proper off-road potential.
Naturally, the Scrambler 1200 XE has been tweaked and revised for 2024, but the real headline news centres on the new Scrambler 1200 X, which takes the place of the 1200 XC for 2024 and brings with it a lower seat height and cheaper price.
2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 X
Let’s start with the newcomer – though it isn’t quite a newcomer. There will continue to be the two variants of Scrambler 1200 from next year, and the 1200 X is the model the Hinckley firm says is both ‘built for the road’ and ‘built to be more accessible’.
They’ve focused their efforts on maintaining the Scrambler style but perfected it for the road, and will price it starting at £11,895 OTR – compared to the 2023 XC at £12,695 (at the time of writing).
For your money in 2024 you get a lower 820mm seat height (20mm lower than the XC, 50mm lower than the XE, plus lower accessory seat options to go as low as 795mm), new Marzocchi suspension (45mm USD forks and twin Marzocchi RSU with piggyback reservoirs and preload adjustability), and new optimised cornering ABS & cornering traction control which was not made available to the XC.
It’s great to see Triumph tailoring this model to be cheaper than before, with tweaks made throughout to perfect this bike for riders who are after that stunning Scrambler style, but optimised for road riding.
You still have the off-road capability, but compared to the XE this has 65mm narrower bars, a 32mm shorter swing arm, road-focused Karoo Street hoops (21-inch front and 17-inch rear), and now cornering ABS & traction control with 5 rider modes (Rain, Road, Sport, Off-Road, Rider).
The X is set to be available in 3 colours from launch, Carnival Red, Ash Grey, and Sapphire Black. Stylistically it’s still finished with the high-slung exhaust, and for 2024 will have slimline indicators with a compact tail light. Up front you’ll have a multifunction LCD-TFT display, and an underseat USB power socket integrated into a foam lined storage box – a nice touch.
Of course, no Triumph motorcycle is complete without a bumper catalogue of accessories to peruse through – and you’re in luck, with over 70 options available to add style, comfort, luggage and practicality for both the X and XE.
2024 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE
Pricing for the new Scrambler 1200 XE is confirmed as £13,295 on the road in 2024, and it’s proving to be a very tempting option for riders who plan on spending just as much time exploring off-road as down the beaten path.
Updates for 2024 include updated Brembo M4.30 Stylema radial monoblock calipers, with twin floating 320mm discs up front, new Marzocchi 45mm USD forks with two twin-spring RSU with piggyback reservoirs (fully adjustable and a huge 250mm wheel travel front and rear), revised intake and exhaust headers, new 2024 style, and a few new accessory options.
Suited for off-road blasts, the Scrambler XE comes with Metzeler Tourance tubeless tyres as standard (21-inch front, 17-inch rear) or the option of Michelin Anakee Wild knobblies, a longer cast aluminium swing arm, adjustable foot controls (with removable rubber inserts), adjustable handlebars (decently wide with removable 10mm spacer), and six rider modes – sport, road, rain, rider, off-road, off-road pro (an XE exclusive) – and switchable cornering ABS & traction control with off-road modes.
An XE spec inclusion is the full-colour TFT with two layout themes – with three varying levels of information displayed, a 5-way joystick with backlit lighting for the switchgear. Cruise control is standard, plus a dedicated rider mode button.
The Scrambler 1200 XE is a tall bike, with 870 mm seat height, and it weighs 230kg wet (the Scrambler X is 228kg), with ride reviews consistently reporting just how adept the Scrambler 1200 XE is off-road - thanks in part to top suspension with a huge amount of travel, but also that incredible parallel-twin!
Triumph Scrambler 1200 Engine Specs
Last up, let’s have a closer look at the 1200cc high-power Bonneville engine. Given a scrambler tune and revised exhaust header for 2024, the 8-valve twin also has a new 50mm throttle body, improving flow and supplying a broader spread of torque through the upper rev range.
With a 270-degree crank and SOHC, power peaks at 90 PS (88.7 bhp) at 7000 rpm, with 110 nm of torque peaking at 4250 rpm. Judging from the power and torque curves, power is delivered smoothly from 3000 revs all the way to the redline, with the added benefit of a ride-by-wire throttle and torque-assist clutch, and 5/6 rider modes with dedicated mapping.
Triumph quote improved efficiency for the 2024 models, with the 15-litre tank drinking 4.4 litres per 100 km travelled (around 64 mpg).
Your local Triumph dealership will be accepting pre-orders as of immediate effect, so get yourself down there to find out more – and head to the Triumph UK website to configure your dream Scrambler 1200!
Also check out our reveal feature on the Triumph Speed and Scrambler 400, a pair of seriously exciting single-cylinders due for a January 2024 release.