High exhaust pipes and pineapple-pattern tires have evolved into a unique motorcycle style. Scrambler motorcycles were once just paved motorcycles suitable for light off-road use. Over the years of evolution, they have developed into more functional and versatile vehicles. The world’s top motorcycle brands now have suspension systems specifically designed for both on-road and off-road use, retaining classic aesthetics while meeting the needs of multi-functional purposes.

Since this type of motorcycle is highly style-conscious, scramblers are typically based on a retro aesthetic with long, flat seats, round headlights, and classic-looking fuel tanks. Their design aims to be simple and reminiscent of street bikes suitable for off-road use in the 1960s. Nowadays, many models have seen upgrades with long-travel suspension, skid plates, handguards, and other off-road accessories.

Here are the top five scrambler models we’ve chosen.

Triumph Scrambler XC: $14,300

The Triumph Scrambler 1200 series combines the functionality of an adventure bike with the classic Triumph styling.

The Triumph 1200 XC has won the Best Standard Motorcycle award. The Triumph Bonneville models have always been among the best-looking standards on the road, but the all-road versatility of the 1200 XC sets it apart.

The XC’s suspension travel is slightly shorter than its off-road brother, the XE, which lowers the seat height and makes the overall ‘fit’ easier. You will still get an impressive imprint on dirt roads, so you can do some light adventures like in the mountains, deserts, or forests, or across the muddy field you see during your daily commute. So fun and comfortable.

Scrambler has always been committed to combining style with dual-sport functionality. There is no motorcycle that does it better than the Triumph Scrambler 1200.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled: $11,995

Ducati’s Desert Sled strikes the perfect balance between power and weight.

Ducati brings a full range of 800cc scrambler models, including the Scrambler Icon, Icon Dark, Desert Sled, Urban Motard, and Nightshift. The Desert Sled is arguably the most versatile of them all. Equipped with a heavy-duty, fully adjustable 46 mm USD front fork (7.9 inches of travel), a trellis frame, a robust swingarm, a 19-inch front wheel, a skid plate, a cage-style headlight, and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires, the Sled meets the functional and aesthetic requirements of a scrambler. It has a wet weight of 460 pounds, so it’s not very light. Bosch cornering ABS is now standard on all Scrambler 800 models, a rare additional feature in the midsize standard and scrambler class.

The Desert Sled may not have the power of some of the larger displacement bikes on this list, but it is a well-balanced motorcycle that makes up for it in other ways. You know this guy has off-road capability the moment you lay eyes on him.

If you’re looking for more or less muscle, Ducati has two other options, the larger Scrambler 1100 and the 400cc Sixty2.

Triumph Street Scrambler: $11,200

The Street Scrambler is very similar to the old Scrambler, with a modern and refined 900CC engine platform.

The chassis is based on the Street Twin platform but has a high exhaust, Metzeler Tourance tires with spoked rims, and other major aesthetic changes.

The 900cc P-twin engine is a classic Triumph engine, and the high exhaust pipes have been a signature feature of Triumph scramblers since the 1960s. The power output is smooth, and the engine makes a very pleasant sound when revving. It looks very retro and gives a nostalgic feel, but it rides like a very nice modern motorcycle – many brands try to achieve this balance, but few do it perfectly.

The Street Scrambler is priced at $11,200, making it an entry point for standard motorcycles and scrambler motorcycles. It’s fun, it has many features, and most importantly, it looks really good.

Husqvarna Svartpilen 701: $9,499

The Svartpilen stands out for its futuristic style and blurred street style, but it’s suitable for a variety of road conditions.

The Svartpilen 701 is a different kind of scrambler. It has a retro-futuristic aesthetic that, while different from any other scrambler available today, still fits the bill.

It might be a bit more comfortable on tarmac than on the embankment, with a steel trellis frame and a liquid-cooled 693cc single-cylinder engine. The excellent Brembo braking system consists of a 320mm dual disc at the front, a 240mm disc at the rear, and a switchable Bosch ABS system. The off-road-style handlebars help maintain an upright riding position, while the adjustable WP Apex suspension can easily handle both on-road and off-road tasks.

What sets it apart is its high-performance 693cc single-cylinder engine and its dry weight of 353 pounds. Its price of under $10,000 also makes it attractive, especially considering its up and down quick shifter, although it lacks the glitzy TFT, it is equipped with “TC” and “ABS”, but no riding modes.

Royal Enfield Himalayan: $5,299

The Himalayan is in its element when riding on off-road trails.

The Himalayan is aimed at ADV beginners. With its retro look, light weight, and low price, you could also consider it a beginner’s scrambler.

The Himalayan has a price tag under $6,000. The price advantage and the small displacement engine make this motorcycle very popular among both new and old riders.

The 411cc engine can produce 21.81 horsepower at 6,184 RPM and 20.95 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM, striking a balance between reliability and economy.

Royal Enfield offers two existing power units: the 350 air-cooled engine and the 500cc single-cylinder engine, the latter featuring fuel injection.

Indian FTR Rally: $13,999

The FTR Rally adds some off-road equipment to the FTR platform for scrambler requirements, and its weight and street-tuned ABS make it the current honorable mention.

The Indian FTR is indeed a street bike, and the recently updated 17-inch wheels make it even more so. But the FTR Rally is more faithful to the platform’s original dirt roots with its scrambler kit. The Rally features an 18-inch rear spoked wheel and a 19-inch front spoked wheel, fitted with Pirelli Scorpion STR tires designed for mixed dirt and street use. Brembo brakes and ProTaper handlebars help enhance the rider’s performance and aesthetics.

Like the other models in the FTR series, a steel trellis frame surrounds the 1,203cc engine. The riding position is upright, and there’s long-travel suspension, with an inverted 43mm cartridge front fork and a monoshock. The Rally doesn’t come with riding commands or traction control, all of which are big selling points for the FTR S and R Carbon models. Like the road models, the ABS on the Rally has been adjusted for the pavement.