Following the model update to the Scrambler 1200 series, Triumph has also introduced the 2022 Street Scrambler series, with its own set of updates for next year. Not much is changed, but at least the revisions go slightly beyond Bold New Graphics.
The most important change to the Street Scrambler isn’t really noticeable. The updated model is changed to meet the Euro5 emissions standard. That’s not the kind of news that makes bike nerds salivate with excitement, but it’s entirely necessary for the model’s survival; no Euro5 would have meant no future sales in Europe or the UK. That would be bad news for Triumph, as the company has sold 13,700 of these machines since the 2017 launch; now, it’s a core part of the lineup.
Usually, when the manufacturers update their bike’s emissions profile, they have to tighten the engine up somehow, paying particular attention to the top end. In the case of the Street Scrambler, Triumph seems to have avoided expensive internal changes; it’s still basically the same liquid-cooled 900 cc parallel twin, with eight-valve SOHC head, 270-degree crank, five-speed gearbox, torque-assist clutch and ride-by-wire throttle. The updated Euro5 emissions profile comes thanks to updated engine tuning through the electronic control systems, and revised 2-2 high-mount exhaust with a secondary catalyst (still no ugly air injection system, thankfully).
Triumph managed to keep the engine at the same output as before (65 horsepower, 59 pound-feet of torque). The power curve is basically the same too, with max horsepower at 7,250 rpm instead of 7,000; peak torque is at 3,250 rpm instead of 3,000. For learners, the engine can be tuned to be A2-compliant, which is a major bonus for the British market.
Engine oil changes still come at 10,000-mile intervals (16,000 kilometres), Valve clearance checks come at 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometres), which certainly keeps maintenance costs down.
The rest of the bike sees little mechanical change. Triumph keeps things easy by running the same front end as before (same single-disc brake, same non-adjustable fork) and the same preload-adjustable dual-shock setup in back. Switchable ABS is standard, but with no inertial measurement unit, there are no leaning-sensitive safety features.Rain, Road and Off-Road riding modes come standard (Off-Road turns ABS and traction control off). There is no TFT screen option for the Street Scrambler, and Triumph has no plans to make any available.
Seat height is a reasonable 31.1 inches (790 millimetres), and wet weight is 491 pounds (223 kilograms). The fuel tank holds 3.2 US gallons, or 12 litres. Tubed tires are standard inside those spoked wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear, with Metzeler Tourance tires). you have to upgrade to a 1200 if you want the fancy-pants tubeless spoked wheels.
It’s a simple machine, comparatively speaking, which keeps the price down. In turn, that makes this bike popular with beginners, at least in the UK.
There are several minor styling changes for 2022. In keeping with the Scrambler’s desert sled aesthetic, Triumph put new side panels on the bike with aluminum number boards. There’s also a new heel guard, a new set of headlight brackets, new seat cover, and new throttle body covers. New paint schemes include Urban Grey, Matt Khaki & Matt Ironstone (sounds like an ironic band name) and Jet Black.
So, again—the changes aren’t extensive, but at least the bike’s upgrades mean sales can continue for years to come.
As you’d expect, Triumph has its usual list of farkles available for the Street Scrambler: Adjustable levers, engine guards, panniers, tank bag, heated grips, fender eliminator, high-mount fender, rubber knee pads, skid plate, etc. In all, Triumph has 120 accessories available for this bike, and they carry a two-year unlimited mileage, same as the bike itself. Ease of customization is one more reason many riders buy this machine. Just pull out your credit card, and go wild. Triumph itself says more than 80 percent of Scrambler models sold are outfitted with factory accessories.
New Sandstorm model
Along with the updates to the standard Street Scrambler model, Triumph also announced a new Sandstorm special-edition version of the bike. Only 775 of these machines will be made. Triumph says this “stylish and unique” bike is “Inspired by the original ’60s Triumph Scrambler desert racers, and the deserts they raced in from El Mirage to the Mojave to Barstow and the legendary Baja Peninsula.”
Basically, the Sandstorm gets a host of offroad-friendly accessories fitted as standard equipment. The rear fender tidy kit comes stock (where legally allowed, some markets frown on such ideas). The Sandstorm also has the high-mount front fender, a brushed aluminum skid plate, a wire headlight grille, rubber knee pads for the gas tank, and a bike-specific paint job. And, of course, a certificate of authenticity. Metzeler Tourance tires are factory equipment, same as the standard model, so it’s obviously not aimed at going too crazy offroad, unlike the XE version of the 1200 Scrambler.
Pricing and availability
For North America, the Street Scrambler Sandstorm comes early, with availability in May. Pricing is $11,750 in the US, $13,300 in Canada. The standard Street Scrambler model comes in July, priced at $11,000 in the US, $12,450 in Canada.