Triumph Bonneville T120 vs Ducati Scrambler

Verizon Media sxSG85
Jul 4 15 Comments

Just want to get a general feel about both. I like them both, with all their flaws and strengths.
Ducati is more performance biased but my needs are not just speed. Bonneville is just a class apart in terms of styling and comfort.
Have test ridden both. Planning on burning my sign on bonus on one of these. Which one would you go for?
For riding around NorCal specifically

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  • Amazon y33tcode
    Both great bikes imo you can't go wrong. Both will be higher than average maintenance costs at a shop (perhaps moreso the Duc since you have desmo maintenance at 7k miles or something). Look at the T120 Scrambler XE/XC rather than the Bonnie if you want a little more offroad prowess. I haven't ridden the 1100, but the 797 monster and original Ducati scrambler were great bikes in my humble opinion. If it was my money I would get a Triumph, just because I'm a fanboy, but I have a friend who tears up less technical trails on his desert sled scrambler and it's pretty cool.

    Triumph and Duc are both really cool about test rides too, so I think you should just go ride them and you'll easily decide on your own.

    Do you want a classic bike or classically styled? If the former, also consider Guzzi, R NineT, etc. If the latter, maybe consider the Z900RS.
    Jul 13 2
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      OP
      Hey Thanks for the great suggestions. Yes I agree with your assessment. Im actually lowering my power hunger and looking at the Triumph Speed Twin seriously now. Just because I am a little nervous getting back into the riding scene. Not much for off-roading just yet.
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      Fellow Triumph fanboy 😅
      Jul 14
    • Amazon y33tcode
      @Verizon maybe consider a used fuel-injected SV650 for your first season back then, and get the fancy Triumph 1200 XE/XC Scrambler when you feel "ready"? I'm not in norcal, but if I was we would ride! 😎
      Jul 14
  • Microsoft / Field Ops
    Hemperor

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    Hemperormore
    I have a Street Triple. I think Triumph as a brand just has something about it. Everyone builds a scrambler. Triumph builds THE scrambler.

    I’d go with the T120
    Jul 4 2
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      OP
      Hence my question!! It’s just something about Triumph
      Jul 4
    • Microsoft / Field Ops
      Hemperor

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      You might also look at the Scrambler 1200 from Triumph
      Jul 4
  • Microsoft nutzilla
    Not riding T120 but another triumph . If you go with T120 , my only advice would be to do all services and work DIY. T120 maintenance will burn your pocket regardless . Ducati is more on the lines of Kawasaki in terms on maintenance
    Jul 4 3
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      OP
      Hmm that’s a good point, thank you. I’ve been living in NYC for the past 4 years so I’m seriously out of touch and I used to ride back in India. This is something I’ll take into account
      Jul 4
    • Microsoft nutzilla
      While we are at it TC and breakdown ? so that peasants can see grass is greener on other side
      Jul 4
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      OP
      I don’t think you’d be a peasant at MSFT 😅
      My Tc is going to be 220k/yr
      160 base and rest stock and sign on jn Bay. 3yoe
      Jul 5
  • Uber / Eng ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°
    I can’t add anything constructive, but I’d be happy with either bike. If you have a garage, why not both?
    Jul 4 1
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      OP
      I’m on a visa.. can only do half batshit crazy things
      Jul 4
  • Netflix mr.clippy
    I’ll give you the option of someone who doesn’t know shit about bikes but googled both of them.

    Ducati looks better, and sounds better.

    Take it with a grain of salt.
    Jul 4 0
  • Veritas / Other 13Jija
    You can also consider INDIAN FTR 1200 S if leaning towards Ducati Scrambler
    Jul 4 0
  • New / R&D einprosit
    S1000rr
    Jul 4 0