BMW Motorrad officially unveiled its latest R nineT at EICMA, the BMW R nineT Scrambler. And while the new model slots in nicely to the expanding scrambler segment, BMW is quick to point out in its press release announcing the motorcycle that this new scrambler has its roots in the company’s post-war history. BMW calls out the 1951 R68 with raised exhaust as a particular forebear of the R nineT Scrambler, a bike that was presented at the International Bicycle and Motorcycle Fair in Frankfurt as an example similar to the one raced by BMW Motorrad racer Georg Meier.
The R nineT Scrambler sources the same 1170cc air-cooled Boxer Twin which powers the standard R nineT, though it features new engine mapping and an updated fuel system to accord with EURO 4 standards. The six-speed transmission and shaft final drive are features shared between the two bikes as well. One of the hallmark differences between the standard model and the new Scrambler is the raised exhaust, a key design feature of motorcycles of this type. It also rolls on a 19-inch light alloy cast front wheel and 17-inch rear, another difference from the base model R nineT, which comes on 17-inch wheels front and back.
The R nineT Scrambler’s newly designed tubular steel frame, which utilizes the engine as a load bearing member, is suspended by a telescopic fork with gaiters that offers 4.9 inches of travel. Out back a Paralever single-sided swingarm pairs to a centrally located spring strut which offers 5.5 inches travel.
ABS is standard on the R nineT Scrambler, and steel-wrapped brake lines communicate control inputs to a pair of four-piston calipers which grip dual 320mm discs at the front. A single 265mm disc and two-piston floating caliper handle braking duties out back.
In terms of ride positioning, the Scrambler offers its own unique ergonomics compared to the standard R nineT. BMW raised the handlebars slightly and moved the footpegs down and a bit further back. The machine is “designed to be customized” according to BMW, and the Scrambler’s modular frame allows the rider to remove the passenger frame for a sleeker, single rider look. There are numerous BMW accessories that will be available for further customization as well, including spoked wheels, off-road tires, hand-brushed aluminum tank, a raised seat, engine guards, windscreens and more.
The BMW R nineT Scrambler will come in a Monolith Metallic Matte colorway accompanied by numerous blacked-out bits. Pricing and availability are currently unavailable.
2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler Specs
Engine: 1170cc air-cooled Boxer Twin
Bore x Stroke: 101mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Transmission: Constant mesh six-speed
Clutch: Hydraulically activated dry clutch
Final Drive: Universal shaft
Frame: Tubular steel, self-supporting engine
Front Suspension: 43mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: BMW Paralever
Front Brake: Dual 320mm discs, four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: Single 265mm disc, dual-piston caliper
ABS: BMW Motorrad ABS
Front Wheels: Cast aluminum, 3.0 x 19 inches
Rear Wheels: Cast aluminum, 4.5 x 17 inches
Front Tires: 120/70 ZR19
Rear Tires: 170/60 ZR17
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Weight: 485 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons