Scramblers’ Hype: Should You Also Get One?
Featured Stories by Team Drivio | 1st Dec 23
Here are five things you should keep in mind to help you make the purchasing decision
- The latest entrant to the Scrambler family is the Triumph Scrambler 400 X
- In recent times, the Royal Enfield Scram 411 reignited this segment
- Next was the Yezdi Scrambler which kept this segment alive and kicking
In recent years, the realm of lifestyle motorcycles has witnessed an unprecedented surge in both popularity and sales figures. Within this domain, a distinctive sub-category has emerged—the 'Scrambler.' Manufacturers have keenly responded to the escalating demand for these rugged and stylish bikes in the domestic market. From the classic Yezdi Scrambler to the sophisticated Ducati Scrambler, there's now a scrambler to suit every taste.
And if that has made you think if you should get one as well, here are five things to consider before that:
What Is Your Purpose Of Getting One?
Before delving into the realm of scramblers, it's imperative to discern your purpose and riding style. Scramblers boast versatility, designed to seamlessly navigate both on-road and off-road terrains. However, the extent of their capabilities can vary significantly. For those inclined towards off-road adventures, a scrambler with robust suspension, knobby tyres, and a ground clearance of 200mm or more is advisable.
On the other hand, if your escapades are primarily on paved roads with occasional off-road forays, a street-oriented scrambler with inverted front forks and a mono-shock at the rear might be more fitting. Identifying your purpose and riding style is the key to finding the perfect match.
What Is The Displacement You’re Looking For?
Scramblers in India come with diverse engine capacities, catering to a wide spectrum of riders. From the smaller-displacement Yezdi Scrambler and Royal Enfield Scram 411 to the potent Ducati Scrambler, the options are varied. Your choice should align with your riding preferences, experience level, and the intended use of the motorcycle. Smaller engine capacities between 200cc and 400cc are ideal for beginners and urban commuters, striking a balance between performance and fuel efficiency.
Meanwhile, enthusiasts craving more power and eyeing challenging off-road trails might find solace in larger engines, such as the 900cc or 1200cc variants. Evaluating your skill level and determining the power required for your desired riding experience is crucial.
How Comfortable Is It?
Comfort is paramount, particularly during extended rides or off-road excursions. When scrutinizing a scrambler motorcycle, meticulous attention to its ergonomics is essential. Factors like seat height, handlebar position, foot peg placement, and overall riding posture should be considered.
The goal is to maintain a comfortable and relaxed riding position, facilitating better control and reducing fatigue during prolonged journeys. Additionally, verify that the motorcycle offers adequate wind protection, given that scramblers typically feature minimal fairings or windshields.
Is It Built Well?
Scrambler motorcycles are crafted to endure challenging terrains and thrive in off-road adventures. Prioritizing build quality and reliability is paramount when investing in a scrambler. Look for robust components such as engine guards, knuckle protectors, and upswept exhaust cans made from durable materials.
A reliable scrambler not only ensures years of trouble-free riding but also translates to lower maintenance and repair costs, ultimately saving you money.
Can It Be Customized?
An enticing aspect of owning a scrambler motorcycle is the ability to personalize and modify it to reflect your style and preferences. Before making a purchase, thoroughly research the availability of aftermarket parts and accessories for the specific model you're interested in. Manufacturers launching new scrambler models are increasingly pairing them with an extensive array of add-on accessories, offering enthusiasts ample opportunities for personalization.
If you’ve considered all these five important things, you can go ahead with your purchase. The last scrambler that we rode, the Triumph Scrambler 400 X, proved to be a very versatile and capable all-rounder. This Made-in-India Triumph boasts a newly-developed liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 398 cc engine, generating an impressive 39.4 hp and 37.5 Nm of torque.
While inherently a scrambler, the distinctive 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels, coupled with the gold-finished USD front forks setup, suggest a potential orientation towards street performance. The inclusion of a best-in-class 320mm front disc brake setup with switchable dual-channel ABS, ride-by-wire technology, and a host of other features further enhances its appeal.
In conclusion, the world of scrambler motorcycles beckons with a myriad of options, each catering to specific rider preferences and intended uses. Whether you seek rugged off-road adventures or stylish urban commuting, the scrambler sub-category has something to offer.
Understanding your purpose, evaluating engine capacities, prioritizing comfort and build quality, and exploring customization options are the pillars that will guide you toward selecting the perfect scrambler for your riding journey. As the Triumph-Bajaj Scrambler 400 X enters the scene, the excitement surrounding this genre of motorcycles is poised to reach new heights.