Tom Hardy, Richard Hammond, Professor Green and Victoria Pendleton were just a few of the stars who were the first to see Triumph’s new bike the Scrambler 1200. The huge launch night at ExCeL London, included thrilling live off-road racing on the new bikes, a wealth of street food, motocross racers, live music from The Amazons and 2,000 Triumph fans. It’s clear how much the Scrambler 1200 means to Triumph – and to the fans.
Grand Prix racing legend Steve Parrish and current racer Maria Costello kicked things off, introducing an iconic all-original Triumph TR6’SC, the ‘real’ desert sled, as it was ridden on to the stage. The Scrambler 1200s were then unveiled before motocross racers and stunt riders from around the world took to a purpose-built indoor track to compete against one another.
Maria had a brilliant evening co-hosting with Steve Parrish. Her favourite part was the racing: “The power of the bikes coming out of the traps was really impressive. We were up on the start-line and the bikes were so fast going round.”
The riders were split into countries and the competition was genuinely fierce. Flying down the start ramp – dirt being thrown high into the air – they weren’t holding back. Representing the USA, stunt rider Ernie Vigil was doing really well before he put the bike down, leaving Rafael Ramos and his Brazilian team to take the win.
“It was so much fun,” Rafael says as the team receives a custom Scrambler tank from Nick Bloor and a trophy made from a piston. “It’s really tight, but if you keep it smooth you can get the bike around. The competition was high – there’s some great riders. It’s been such a brilliant night.”
For riders who fell there was a band of brave souls who jumped over the barriers to help get the bikes back up. One of the team, Alfie Smith, when speaking about the technical motocross-style course, said he was expecting a lot more offs on the tight and twisty track: “When the track was tested yesterday, there were a lot more falls.”
Scrambler 1200 Baja Factory Racer
During the event it was revealed that US stunt rider Ernie Vigil will be competing in the gruelling Baja 1000 this year on the new Scrambler. In the past month he’s been testing the bike heavily. “Congratulations to the Brazilian team, they did so well tonight,” he said. “The bike is so good. I’ve been testing it in the desert for the Baja and the suspension is no joke. I’ve tried to bottom it out and I couldn’t! The amazing thing is all the Scramblers here tonight, and the one I’ll be racing on out in the desert, are completely stock other than a few small tweaks. These are build for hard off-road use straight out of the box.”
Adam Child ‘Chad’, MCN’s road tester and a racer himself, was also in the fray and getting his first taste of the Scrambler 1200. “This thing is going to be awesome at somewhere like Pendine Sands. Racing it today was a good taste of what it can do, but I can’t wait to get up into the higher gears. I really want to give it a go at the Adventure Experience.”
Away from the press and racers, riders and fans of the brand watched the races, sat on the new bike and gave their verdicts.
“For me, it’s a beautiful bike,” Paul Carrol from Dublin says. “I love what Triumph do and the Scrambler 1200 my new favourite bike. As soon as it goes on sale I’m sticking my name down.”
Motorcycle critic, Christoph Lentsch, gave us his take: “This is my sort of bike. It’s manly, sporty and vintage. I just want to take it off road to have some fun. I love it.”
Triumph fan Avi Greenbury, is considering the Scrambler 1200 XC as a replacement for his adventure bike: “After seeing it tonight, I’m going to visit my local dealer and take it for a ride.”
The evening ended with a storming show from indie rock band The Amazons, which perfectly suited the high-adrenaline atmosphere of the night.
The appetite is very much there for the Scrambler 1200. It’s a new step into retro-adventure with cutting-edge, modern capability. Find out more about the Scrambler 1200.