The Scrambler 1200 XC gets its power from a 1200c parallel-twin engine that makes 90bhp at 7400rpm and 110Nm at 3950rpm. This motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox that transfers power to the rear wheel via a chain drive. This motor is known for its great torque experience, and the same can be seen with the 1200 Scrambler. It sports a flat torque curve. That means, one can feel the torque gushing around most of the time. The grunt at the mid-range leads to a fantastic cruising experience. The throttle response is smooth and refreshing. Just like in the rest of the bike, the refinement level is quite good.
The trails around Shimla were quite narrow, and fast changing ones. While usually it takes a little extra time to get used to such terrain, it was pretty quick this time around, thanks to the Scrambler 1200 XC. The wider handlebar, a neutral riding stance and the generous inclusion of safety tech made life easier. Plus, the accessible seat height and slim waist make it easy to put your feet down. The weight is well balanced, and not for a single moment did it feel uncomfortable, especially on trails that were rocky and slushy. And yes, it isn't difficult to pick up the bike in case it falls.
The Metzeler Tourance rubber offers outstanding grip – off-road as well as on-road. Unfortunately, the Scrambler 1200 XC doesn’t offer any windscreen. So out on the highway, one tends to experience a bit of fatigue near the neck area. But before you head out to the highway, you will have to wade through city traffic, and that reveals the Scrambler 1200 XC’s probably only major problem – heating. The high-running exhaust looks outstanding, but the heating takes a big toll on the right leg. That’s a big turn off.
This Triumph outshines on the tarmac as well. Even with a 21-inch wheel at the front, the 1200 Scrambler XC felt quite at home on the corners. The bike wasn’t bothered about Shimla’s twisting fast corners. It reached a point where the foot peg feelers made plenty of contact with the road. The ride too, is surprisingly impressive in stock settings. The spec-sheet reveals another fancy aspect – the brakes. The Brembo M50s perform incredibly well on the Scrambler. The feel of the brakes and its progressive power makes it a lovely affair. In off-road conditions too, the feel is good and quite reactive too.