Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: Triumph Scrambler 1200XE
Join Date: Nov 2017
Other Motorcycle: BMW R1200GSA
Well, I rode the XE a few days ago and it's a great and easy bike to ride.
Tried to get as much varied road types as I could, short of taking the demo off road.
To disclose, I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam, so can barely get tip toes down. But with duck disease (@rse low to the ground) and having ridden tall bikes all my life and I own a GSA, that does not worry me one iota.
I found the balance about perfect, anything above standstill and it feels poised; none of the tip over feeling you get sitting on the big Tex at near standstill, for example.
This bike has fantastic and well sorted suspension, that's without any fine tuning at all. High speed and low speed cornering was too easy, threw the thing at every pothole and rut I could find to unsettle it and no ways...
Did not get any noticeable turbulence off the had guards, a fly screen to lessen the load on the chest above 80mph would be a definite nicety.
The seat was hard, but comfy enough over the couple of hours test ride. I did briefly try the low seat option and found it cutting into my thighs, so can't say I'll get that option.
Bearing in mind it was February in Scotland, I can't say there was any heat off the exhaust. I made a point of touching the heat shields front and rear and were cool enough to touch easily. The exhaust tucks into the frame nicely, so standing up is easy, when needed. A pillion will have a slightly wider than normal stance on the right, but not so bad I didn't think.
Biggest disappointment? The Arrows option only comes in EU homologated version and the bigger header bores mean I wont be able to carry over my high level catless pipes from the SS.
Anyway after a long tale, I pulled the trigger and pick up a new on sometime in March.
Second biggest disappointment, the part exchange on the SS is an eye wateringly paltry sum...
Now to explain to the missus where the holiday fund went!