I did 450 miles of Vermont & NH Offroad trails on my brand new Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE - here’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly about itObligatory gallery and videos: https://imgur.com/gallery/Q731AFy https://youtu.be/I8m4o4NCeiw https://youtu.be/SDxu_zGr4bU https://youtu.be/Vv9hZ8ztF7U https://youtu.be/Z4hNCuFuCYo I just wrapped up a 450 mile trip of mostly backroads in Vermont & NH on my 2 month old Scrambler 1200 XE. Overall I’m very happy with the performance of the bike. It crushed almost all of the terrain I encountered, some of it pretty rugged, and I made it out mostly unscathed. However it’s mud season in Vermont and that uncovered a serious design flaw. Here’s my breakdown on the bike: The Good - Handwarmers + Hippo hands are epic for later in the day when the temps dipped into the 40’s The power delivery is smooth and the torque meant I could easily power up some pretty rocky and steep climbs The suspension is robust. I’m 6ft and 230 with my gear on. I only bottomed out the front one time (hitting a culvert pipe too fast) and I took a lot of obstacles, including jumps, ledges, and big rocks at speed. Blasting hard pack and gravel roads in 2nd gear and goosing the throttle to kick up a rooster tail and go sideways a bit is a lot of fun The bike transitions seamlessly from trail to road and back. Its just as much fun to rip the excellent Vermont paved twisties as it is to blast down a curvy dirt trail. The Off Road riding mode maintains some ABS and Traction Control that really do help keep the back end from getting out of control in gnarly terrain. The trade off is that on rocky uphill climbs that traction control can cut throttle and cause you to lose momentum. I would switch to Off Road Pro for serious stuff. The Bad - We all know it’s not a light bike and by far not the best choice for this kind of trip. I’m 210 lbs and a strong dude. At 500+ lbs fully loaded I had 4-5 drops where I had basically come to a stop off camber on the trail, the bike would lean a little too far and I just couldn’t support the weight. Turning off the bike when in off road mode then turning it back on you are defaulted to road mode. Not a big deal but kind of annoying. I had to do a lot of adjusting to my stance when standing on the pegs in difficult off road situations. My Tech 7 Enduro boots would frequently accidentally upshift. The shifter is very limited in how far up you can adjust it without hitting the engine case. Sitting down and riding gnarly terrain is a bad idea because you will crush your nuts on the tank The Ugly - If you do any serious off road on this bike that involves mud YOU WILL OVERHEAT. In my opinion this is a shitty design by Triumph. The high fender is basically cosmetic and the low fender doesn’t even protect the radiator from mud. Each day I had to find a water hose and spray off my radiator multiple times. Not only does the fender not keep any mud off of it, but I suspect the radiator is also undersized. Neither of my riding partners had this issue at all (one on a CRF450, the other on a BMW G310). There were multiple times when mid trail I got the red coolant light and had to stop for 10 minutes to cool down so I could limp the rest of the way off trail. On day 2 I cut apart a plastic jug and attached it to the lower front fender to extend it by about 6 inches lower around the front wheel. This provided negligible benefit and bought me more time on the trail, but I still eventually overheated. Really a horrible design by Triumph and a shame they couldn’t figure this out during testing. As for my gear/mods - I only had a month to prep for the trip and only 2 days to mount the crash bars, luggage, etc. so I got no shakedown runs, including on the tires. Despite that almost everything worked out really well. Here’s my take on my gear: Armor - absolutely essential, both the sw-motech and triumph crash bars kept my bike scratch free even though I had about 6 low speed drops and definitely glanced a few large rocks at speed on the trail Bridgestone Battleax Adventurecross AX41 tires - fucking fantastic. Dug really well in mud, great on the hard pack and on the street. A little tricky in soft sand and really loose gravel, but I also attribute that to all of the weight of the bike, me and gear High fender - useless waste of money Pannier rack - unit garage rack is heavy duty and strong. Great to have to move the bike around and keep the right pannier off the exhaust Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro boot - saved my ankle from being crushed by the bike when it fell directly on it. That would have been surgery if I wasn’t wearing them. Uglybros Kevlar pants - nice to have the knee pads, pretty damn tight (but stretchy). Squeeze the nuts a little too much for 450 miles but otherwise very comfortable when off the bike. Arai XD4 Helmet - very comfortable, breathes well, loud - wear earplugs And that’s all I can think of for now. If you’re curious about anything then ask away!
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