Malaysia’s biggest off-road enduro race, the 2019 Givi Rimba Raid, sees an international field this year, with participants coming from all over, including Thailand, Singapore, Europe and the Americas. One competitor who hails from Chile is Jeremias Israel, who took delivery of the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE he will be using for the competition.

For Givi Rimba Raid, Israel will be riding a 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC in the race at Rimba Valley in Janda Baik, Pahang. The race will cover approximately 60 km across Malaysian forest reserve and will place emphasis on bike handling skills and technical riding rather than outright speed.

The Triumph Scrambler 1200 comes in two versions, the XC, priced at RM80,900, which is meant for both on- and off-road use while the Scrambler XE, at RM86,900, is intended for heavy-duty off-roading with a road focus. The Scrambler 1200 XE carries Triumph’s 1,200 cc High Power Bonneville parallel-twin specifically tuned for off-roading, with 88.7 hp at 7,400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3,950 rpm.

Suspension travel for the Scrambler 1200 XE is done by Showa and Ohlins, with 250 mm travel upside-down forks and rear twin shock absorbers. Braking is done with Brembo Monobloc M50 callipers on twin 320 mm floating discs with a single Brembo two-piston calliper at the back clamping a 255 mm disc.

Seat height on the Scrambler 1200 XE is set at a tall 870 mm while weight is claimed to be 207 kg. Fuel is carried in a 16-litre tank and it rolls on side-laced spoked wheels, a 36-spoke 21-inch in front and 32-spoke 17-inch in the rear and shod with Metzeler Tourance tubeless tyres.

Hailing from a motorsports focused family, 38-year old Israel began racing at age eight in Chile, where he started in the 50 cc motocross class. He then moved up in classes including supercross and enduro, culminating in 14 Chilean motocross championship wins as well as racing for Honda in the Dakar Rally beginning in 2013.