Want upside-down Öhlins forks with radial Brembos for your Triumph Thruxton? What about dual Öhlins shocks and a high-level Arrow Exhaust for your Triumph Scrambler? Well the company would be happy to sell you any of the above, and much more, straight from a dealer. While we don’t normally get worked up about bolt-on accessories, the site of the matte-black Scrambler, above, has us quivering in excitement.
>The stock Scrambler’s shiny two-tone paint and wimpy dual chrome
exhausts leave us nonplussed, but this accessoried-up version — complete
with blacked out headlight grille, subtle engine bars, a black bash
guard, a retro-inspired Arrow exhaust and dual Öhlins shocks — looks
positively aggressive. We want one, and that’s not usually something
we’d say about a bike that’s essentially a cruiser. The Scrambler’s 270
degree, 56bhp, 41lb/ft engine is already the pick of the modern classic
range, offering much more low-down grunt and character than the rest of
the Bonneville family. All it was in need of was a more characterful
exhaust note, which this Arrow system should provide.
The upgrades for the rest of the range seem like overkill. What the
Thruxton and Bonneville really need isn’t fancy suspension, but a
serious weight loss program and the addition of both more power and
more character to their engines. Ultimately, we’d like to see these
bikes compete with the Ducati SportClassic range, which don’t sacrifice
performance in the name of retro appeal.