News BMW R nineT Scrambler - Unveiled

BMW R nineT Scrambler – Unveiled

BMW R nineT Scrambler

BMW R nineT Scrambler - Unveiled
BMW R nineT Scrambler

Since the launch of the 2015 Ducati Scrambler, a rebirth of popularity was instilled into the scrambler name. For baby boomers, the scrambler likely brings back the image of up-swept exhaust and the desert, along with names like Steve McQueen and Triumph.

For Generation X and the Millenniums, a much hipper image surfaces, one that’s rooted in nostalgia. Most OEMs understand this, and waste no time – a missed trend equals missed sales. BMW is one of those OEMs that understands, and has unveiled its new R nineT Scrambler – a bike that mates the styling of the 1970s with modern technology of its air/oil-cooled 1170cc boxer engine and safety enhancements such as ABS.

The 2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler does have some roots in the original scrambler era, also; the BMW R 68 was released in 1951, and raced by BMW Motorrad legend George “Schorsch” Meir. BMW says “while the standard version of the R 68 had a conventional exhaust installed in a lower position, the raised exhaust version was already available back then as a BMW Motorrad accessory. To this day, some owners of this highly valuable post-war BMW Motorrad classic still like to retrofit the special Scrambler-style exhaust.”

Based on the R nineT Roadster designed with the help of Roland Sands, the R nineT Scrambler’s boxer produces 110 horsepower at 7,750 rpm and 86 ft/lbs of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine breathes through typical scrambler-styled pipes, the up-swept left-side mounted exhaust completing the retro styling of the R9T Scrambler.

BMW R nineT Scrambler colorThe BMW Scrambler’s steep tubular frame uses the engine a load-bearing element, and the bike features a traditional telescopic front fork with 4.92 inches of travel up front. Out back, the BMW Scrambler uses a Paralever setup with a single-sided swingarm that offers 5.5 inches of suspension travel.

The R nineT Scrambler rolls on alloy cast wheels with tire sizes of 120/70-19 at the front and 170/60-17 at the rear. Stopping the 2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler are dual 320mm discs up front squeezed by four-piston calipers, and a 265mm rear disc squeezed by a two-piston caliper. ABS is standard.

The 4.5-gallon sheet-style fuel tank and the various aluminum trim enhances the classic look, along with the only paint finish offered on the BMW R nineT Scrambler – Monolith Metallic Matte.

BMW released the price in September 2016–$13,000, roughly $2,000 less than the R nineT.

Following are highlights and a photo gallery of the 2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler:

2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler Highlights:

  • Purist design
  • Classic color concept
  • Stitched seat in patinised leather look
  • Workmanship with great attention to detail
  • Air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine with a capacity of 1170 cc. Output 81 kW (110 hp) at 7 750 rpm, maximum torque of 86 ft/lbs at 6 000 rpm
  • Designed to be customized
  • Modular frame concept with removable passenger frame offering a range of variations
  • Classic wheel suspension by means of telescopic fork at front and Paralever at rear
  • Large 19-inch front wheel as is typical of a Scrambler
  • Upright seating position in classic Scrambler style
  • Raised exhaust fitted close to the body with twin silencer
  • Axially mounted 4-piston brake calipers, steel-wrapped brake lines
  • 320-millimeter brake discs and ABS
  • Individually tailored special accessories in the familiar high quality typical of BMW Motorrad

2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler Photo Gallery

Save

Save

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 BMW R 18 Classic First Look: Touring Motorcycle (9 Fast Facts)

Hot on the heels of the 2021 BMW R 18 First Edition comes the 2021 BMW R 18 Classic. BMW goes for the touring...

2021 Yamaha YZ250F Review (13 First Ride Fast Facts)

We rode the new, upgraded 2021 Yamaha YZ250F at Glen Helen Raceway for a first ride impression. We were fans of the previous YZ250F, so...

2021 Monster Energy Supercross Schedule (Super Tuesdays and more)

The 2021 Monster Energy Supercross schedule is now public. Due to the government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule is unlike any seen...

2021 Yamaha MT-09 First Look and All-New (18 Fast Facts)

All-new from the ground-up this year, the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 gets a new motor and chassis, along with a full suite of electronics. Let's...

2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200 ES Adventure-Touring Test

The Yamaha Super Ténéré story begins with the TT500 off-road enduro machine released in 1975, and the XT500 dual-sport model the following year. These...

2021 Aprilia RS 660 Review (18 Fast Facts From the Canyons)

The long-awaited and much-anticipated 2021 Aprilia RS 660 is finally here. Slipping into an under-served niche in the motorcycling world, it is a high-tech...