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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-02-2017, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone, I'm contemplating getting a triumph again, several years after selling my beloved thruxton. Several years older and being back on the ranch I grew up on, I'm wanting something that will cover some miles and have on/off road capability. I loved my thruxton and did 6-800 mile days on it, when it was stock, so having every creature comfort isn't necessary. Love the classic look, love the capability of the tiger or BMW gs models.

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If you plan to do anything more challenging than a gravel road, the Scrambler would not be a good choice. With some modifications the Scrambler can handle some mild off-road, but anything technical and it doesn't have enough travel. If you're not an experienced off-road rider, the Tiger would prove to be challenging. Any 500lb+ ADV bike is a handful when the path gets rocky, muddy, sandy or rutted. But if you're just talking dirt or gravel roads, either bike can do it.
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If you plan to do anything more challenging than a gravel road, the Scrambler would not be a good choice. With some modifications the Scrambler can handle some mild off-road, but anything technical and it doesn't have enough travel. If you're not an experienced off-road rider, the Tiger would prove to be challenging. Any 500lb+ ADV bike is a handful when the path gets rocky, muddy, sandy or rutted. But if you're just talking dirt or gravel roads, either bike can do it.
I grew up on dirt bikes so I'm certainly used to off road. Every big bike I've ever owned has seen a gravel road at the least, including my 1150 on street tires, so I'm used to that. I'm not looking to go crazy off road, and I would certainly be upgrading the scrambler a bit.

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In that case, the Scrambler could work well. I put a set of Ohlins on my Scrambler and drop-in damper cartridges in the forks. The bike now performs great on both paved and unpaved surfaces. But if you want something even more capable, the Tiger XC is great.

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I posted this over on ADV so some of it may not apply here but the 2 threads are very similar so ill post it in its entirety...mostly cuz Im too lazy to edit it...

Scrambler would be my choice. Im short with an even shorter inseam so all of the ADV bikes out these days are difficult to get comfortable on. I didn't get a scrambler tho I bought the Mag wheel Bonneville and love it. I don't let the fact that it didnt come with the scrambler tag keep me from dirt tracks and gravel roads. I fabed up some crash guards and this year its getting a bash plate and I drive it where I want to. No I dont take it down single track ATV trails but I wouldnt take a modern ADV bike down those either. I believe a well sorted scrambler can take you anywhere you would put a 500 lb adv bike and if you are vertically challenged it will give you more confidence... all the while looking WAY better doing it.
To the the younger posters here... Scramblers are not new by any stretch... they were all the rage in the 60s and 70s and every Bike maker had one in the line up and many owners simply adapted thier street bikes for it too. I think todays scramblers are cool and filling a gap that big ADV bikes are missing. Yes bikes like the KTM 990 and BMW GS series are riden off road seriously as well but even they take some modification (either expensive factory versions or user mods) to do so and an experienced pilot. Most modern ADVs are just a pretense for off road but no serious off road intention or capabilities...
Bottom line... ride what stirs the soul and ride it how you like... forget the "you cant" 's and the "you shouldnt" 's.

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I 95% agree with Pyscrow. My only minor exception.....500lb ADV bikes (like the Tiger) can go to some places where Scramblers can't but ONLY with an experienced rider. The Tiger has more suspension travel and ground clearance than the Scrambler. But it's a fairly small percentage of riders who are willing and able to take 500lb ADV bikes to such places.

But to prove what Scramblers can do, this is a good video. The Scramblers in the video are stock....Put a better suspension and lighter exhaust on the Triumph Scrambler and it is pretty darn capable.

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Well big Thumpers certainly do have a place but it wasnt in the OPs question. They are versatile however (for me) still have a too tall seat height are not comfortable on the highways and are dirt bike ugly... ymmv..

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Now you're talking.....This is what I ride where the Scrambler won't go

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