Life before off road bikes.
Before there were true dirt bikes and before the first GS, riders wanting to venture off road had to take a road bike and tweak it the best they could, creating “The Scrambler”. In the 1950s through to the 1970s, they were ridden by screen action heroes and scores of hobby racers entered mountain and beach races on them.
With a bigger front wheel, chunky tyres, a raised exhaust, increased suspension travel and a relaxed seating position, scramblers offered their riders fun on winding country roads plus off-road capability. Like the motorcycles themselves, the people who rode scramblers were not bound by established conventions.
Now BMW Motorrad presents the new BMW R nineT Scrambler, a motorcycle which revives the scrambler era in a very special way. It has everything that defines this motorcycle type, filled with a very distinct spirit and created for motorcycle fans who love things that are purist, reduced to the essentials and non-conformist – combined with the technology and quality of a BMW.
BMW R nineT Scrambler at a glance
As with the existing R nineT model, the Scrambler is designed for modification and allows riders to add their own tastes and preferences. The bandwidth of these modifications reaches all the way from genuine BMW Motorrad accessories to custom-built mounted parts and accessories from modification specialists, all of which contribute to creating a unique motorcycle.
An important aspect of this high individualisation capability, is the removable rear subframe. You can ride two-up with the rear subframe in place, or for a slicker look, remove it and ride solo.
An upright, relaxed seated position is one of the essentials for a scrambler. This is the reason why the ergonomics triangle of handlebars/seat surface/footrests has been redefined. Even the stock version with a seat height of 820 mm, it will be a comfortable delight for tall riders.
The handlebars are set higher than those of the R nineT, and the front footrests are set a shade lower and further back. The end result is a relaxed riding position and feel. The R nineT Scrambler can be fitted with the high seat optional accessory.
So taller riders will equally be able to enjoy the sensation of riding an R nineT.
The R nineT takes its place in the BMW Motorrad Heritage world as the top-of-the-line model. The design-related and pricing rationale for this top-flight positioning include, in particular, the hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank, the upside-down forks, the spoked wheels and the sophisticated layout of the frame at the rear.
The R nineT Scrambler comes with light-alloy cast wheels but can be factory optioned with spoked wheels. The fuel tank expresses precisely the same language of form like that of the R nineT but is made of sheet steel, and a new frame that dispenses with precision casting (forged parts on scramblers) and a removable rear-frame end piece.
“Strong, expressive and authentic.”
The modified bridge-type frame has become a three-part construct, and combines with the new forks and the slightly longer rear spring strut to achieve the proportions typical of a scrambler. Gaiters for the front fork legs, the new, high-set twin-pipe rear silencer and a full-length bench seat are characteristic features of the new R nineT Scrambler.
Differences to the R nineT
The R nineT Scrambler is differentiated from the R nineT primarily by:
– Option of cast aluminium or spoked wheels
– 19” front wheel
– Option of knobby off-road tyres
– Steel fuel tank (R nineT is aluminium)
– Telescopic forks with gaiters
– One-piece, quilt-stitched standard seat bench for two-up riding
– Wider enduro footpegs
– New instrument cluster
– High-set exhaust system with twin-pipe rear silencer
Arriving in Australia during September, the R nineT Scrambler offers an attractive MRLP from $19,150 (plus on roads).
– Standard equipment includes ABS, heated grips and chrome headers.
– Factory options include the brushed aluminium R nineT tank, spoked wheels, knobby tyres, traction control and more.
An array of genuine accessories is listed on the website.