Motorcycles

BMW turns the R nine T into a scrambler

The BMW R nine T Scrambler
The BMW R nine T Scrambler
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On the road with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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On the road with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
On the road with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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On the road with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
Leaning in with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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Leaning in with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
On the road with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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On the road with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
The new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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The new BMW R nine T Scrambler
The BMW R nine T Scrambler
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The BMW R nine T Scrambler
The new R nine T Scrambler with 2-1 upswept exhaust
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The new R nine T Scrambler with 2-1 upswept exhaust
Hitting the road on the new R nine T Scrambler by BMW
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Hitting the road on the new R nine T Scrambler by BMW
On the beach with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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On the beach with the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
The new BMW R nine T Scrambler kicks up some dirt
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The new BMW R nine T Scrambler kicks up some dirt
The new BMW R nine T Scrambler proves its roadworthiness
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The new BMW R nine T Scrambler proves its roadworthiness
Upswept 2-1 exhaust on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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Upswept 2-1 exhaust on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
"Patinised leather look" seat on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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"Patinised leather look" seat on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
The new BMW R nine T at the EICMA show in Milan.
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The new BMW R nine T at the EICMA show in Milan.
Front fork and brakes on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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Front fork and brakes on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
Simple analog gauge on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
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Simple analog gauge on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler

It seems that scramblers are now the motorcycle style du jour. Enter BMW with its R nine T Scrambler – a variation of the customizable 1170 cc boxer-driven roadster the company introduced in 2014.

The primary changes BMW did to make the original R nine T look scrambler-like include raising the handlebars, reducing the seat upholstery, and placing the rider footrests lower and farther toward the rear. It also incorporated a raised 2-1 exhaust, added a circular headlight, and covered the seat in what BMW is describing as brown "patinised leather." An analog speedo and beefier tires complete the retro appearance.

The new BMW R nine T at the EICMA show in Milan.
The new BMW R nine T at the EICMA show in Milan.

Suspension has also been modified to make the bike more off-road capable. A telescopic fork with rubber gaiters provides front travel of 4.9 inches (125 mm) and a Paralever single-sided swing arm as used in the other boxer models along with a central spring strut gives 5.5 inches (140 mm) of travel at the rear. This is compared to 4.7 inches (120 mm) front and back on the original R nine T.

Light alloy cast wheels come standard (19 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear) with cross-spoke wheels as an option.

Mechanically, the R nine T Scrambler is the same bike as its cousin with 110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 88 ft lb (116 Nm) at 6,000 rpm. Braking is also unchanged with hydraulically-activated 320-mm twin-discs in the front and a 265-mm single disc at the rear. ABS comes standard.

Front fork and brakes on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler
Front fork and brakes on the new BMW R nine T Scrambler

Another element that BMW transferred to the scrambler is the unique ability to remove the rear frame that supports the passenger seat and foot pegs. The idea is to allow the owner some level of customization that doesn't require welding skills and understanding the laws of physics and geometry. Further customization will be available with the typical plethora of BMW parts and accessories.

As a whole, the R nine T Scrambler is a simpler version of its roadster cousin. BMW points out that its entry into scrambler territory goes back to 1951 when the BMW R 68 was introduced at the International Bicycle and Motorcycle Fair (IFMA) in Frankfurt with a raised 2-in-1 exhaust, just like the one used for racing by Georg "Schorsch" Meier. Although, BMW did tease the market with a concept version earlier this year that now looks a lot like the scrambler that will be made available late next year.

BMW enters the market now inhabited by the iconic Triumph Scrambler, Ducati Scrambler, and an assortment of custom bike builders that are turning just about any bike of any size into a scrambler. The company is not listing a price for its scrambler yet, although there's speculation that it will be less expensive than the roughly US$15,000 listed for the R nine T Roadster.

Source: BMW

4 comments
POOL PUMPREAPAIR guy longwood
Wow is the thing Fugly !
Martin Hone
Fugly, and difficult to clean..... Would be nice to know what it weighs.
discord
to be honest, the tyre looks nicer than rest
possum1
Hipsters will be lining up to use it as ride to the coffee shop. I do not expect to see any out on the backroads actually getting mud on them. That funky exhaust system will make it difficult to carry luggage - oh, wait, hipsters don't carry anything more than they can fit in their manbag.
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