Hey Ed. I was thinking of the Desert Sled but ended up with the SS due to its fantastic looks and excellent reviews. I'm curious (and jealous) as what it's like going from the Scrambler to the SSS and back.
Well Bill, two totally different bikes. (And the Sled, although same motor as the original Scrambler, with a much different chassis, is different from the original Scrambler and the SS.)
The Scrambler, it may sound kinda corny like the ads, a joy to ride. I have the Icon, that has upright seating, the wheelbase is shorter than the SS, and lighter, only about 420 lbs wet. It a not-so-serious comfortable play thing for an experienced rider...almost toy-like. You know the expression, it’s a lot more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than ride a fast bike slow...well, the Scrambler isn’t exactly slow, but it’s so light and short wheelbase, it just a blast to hustle around tight back roads, and even fun to do errands, etc. But when the roads open up a bit, and you wanna rip, instead of play, that’s the crossover point for grabbing the SS instead of the Scrambler.
The Scrambler btw, feels like it has just a smiggin more torque just off idle...then above idle the SS takes over. The Scrambler motor actually is a bit smoother, at least through my seat of the pants.
I love them both for totally different reasons...if I want to seriously ride, then I choose the SS. If I want to play a bit without much effort, and just enjoy the ride, it’s the Scrambler. Depends how I feel. Sometimes I ride both back to back!
But if I was forced to choose only one, it would be the SS. You made the right choice, if it were me, I’d choose the SS.