Hello all, I just bought a new '09 Scrambler last Thursday. I'm 600 miles in so I thought I'd post some thoughts etc... This is my 5th Hinckley Triumph (2 '98 TBirds, '96 Trident 900 and '99 Speed Triple). I sold my '75 BMW R75/6 and '04 Wee-Strom to buy the Scram. I was looking for a good combination of both of those bikes and I think I hit it. It's brand new with TORs, centerstand and solo seat/rack installed.
Anyway, here goes:
Too much plastic (pretty chintzy w/ the badges).
Instrument cluster lights are nearly useless in sunlight (need tinted flyscreen).
Still using "baboon's butt" size tail lights.
Air injection - causes lots of exhaust popping (less as miles added though)
Sluggish to go from dead stop (but good by 2nd gear)
Looks great in stock form...but can't wait to do "slight mods" (new bars, mirrors, lights)
TORs sound GREAT. These ARE louder than any other TORs I've heard. A "good" loud.
Gearbox shifts like butter.
Handles GREAT. Yes, after a very spirited weekend (Ozarks), I can say this baby handles surprisingly well. A very planted ride.
Starts easy / runs good.
Will hit 100mph+
Blast to ride.
Chicks dig it (okay, my wife).
I talked to six different dealers (none "local" to me) and El Dorado Cycle (El Dorado Springs, MO) was by far the most genuine, best priced and fair all-around. His price w/ add-ons was still much cheaper than some of the guys I talked to selling leftover '08s. He was the only one who didn't treat me as if I were a target or "mark". Definitely recommend them.
So, there is my brief overview. Happy riding, yrfuneralmytrial