The Bonneville-based Scrambler from the British firm is a great choice. We’ve spent a good chunk of time on them over the years, and although it’s now been replaced by the Street Scrambler there’s still a lot to be said for the ‘original’.
It was ahead of the curve when it was released back in 2006, and it essentially kickstarted the current trend for retro-style scramblers. Inspired by Steve McQueen’s ISDT endeavours, it definitely looks the part – and it goes well, too, with plenty of character from its 865cc air-cooled parallel twin.
It’s no speed freak, and is better suited to those who like cruising rather than hooning, with high bars, a chunky seat and a lovely, relaxed feel. It’s also only a scrambler in name; don’t even bother taking to the trails. It’s just not up to the job.
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Other than that, it’s a solid buy. Faults are few and far between – and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding one that’s been well looked after by a meticulous owner.