The Scrambler onslaught continues and we’ve lost count of how many there are now. The latest as expected is from BMW in the form of an R nineT based motorcycle. Considering that the original R nineT was only a few modifications away from a Scrambler to begin with, BMW are probably kicking themselves they let Ducati get such a lead on them.
Where the BMW has it over the Ducati is in the engine department – a 1170 cc air/oil-cooled boxer that delivers an output of 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 116 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The engine has been remapped slightly, but this is more to do with EU4 emission standards than for rider benefit.
The exhaust has been raised with two vertically arranged rear silencers at the rear and the front wheel is now 19 inches in diameter. Front suspension travel is 125 mm (up 5 mm from the before) and rear spring travel is 140 mm (also up 5 mm). Other than those changes and a modification of the ergonomics, the bike remains pretty much mechanically the same as the standard R nineT roadster.
Of course, one of the biggest things with all these new scramblers is the cross promotion of not only accessories for the bikes, but clothing and other gear too and BMW has always been on top of this. The R nineT Scrambler is no different, with options including cross-spoke wheels, heated grips, a hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank with ground/visible weld seam, a one person seat, engine guard and believe it or not, you can get an RPM reading on the dash as an optional extra, too. Wonders never cease.