BMW R nineT Scrambler is 1170cc’s of Air Cooled Fun

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.


BMW Path 22 Concept Points Way to R nineT Based Scrambler

It’s no secret that BMW Motorrad is working on a upscale rival to the Ducati Scrambler. It’s been mentioned now in several interviews that BMW plans on developing a scrambler style motorcycled based on the R nineT (as well as a cafe racer) and at the Wheels & Waves Festival we’ve seen our strongest clue yet as to what the bike will entail.

The name “Path 22” refers to one of the insider secrets among Europe’s surf spots. This particular stretch of beach is inaccessible to cars, located on the Atlantic coast of southern France, half an hour’s walk through one of Europe’s biggest pine forests. The path leading to this spot bears the number 22.

“The Concept Path 22 is based on the BMW R nineT, which we see as the epitome of a custom bike. It is actually designed to be modified – customised according to individual preferences. The idea of a BMW scrambler is not new to us. Now seemed to be the right time to present our interpretation of this legendary vehicle concept,” says Ola Stenegard, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.

Leading credence to the fact that this machine is the basis of things to come, the press release states that Roland Sands Design was involved in the concept – something mentioned previously by BMW Motorrad CEO Stephan Schaller.

We’re big fans of the R nineT. It’s a beautiful machine and works brilliantly as a package. But there just seems to be something ‘off’ about the look of this concept. While we don’t have any misapprehension that the scramblers that Ducati and Triumph build are meant to be taken seriously off road, this concept looks too massive to be even considered for such ventures. The tank needs to be reduced in volume by at least half to work as a Scrambler, either in name or in practical application.

Let’s hope BMW won’t take the cheap route with their R nineT based Scrambler and just throw some trails tires and a new exhaust along with a Scrambler badge.


BMW Scrambler To Arrive Before Year’s End

The BMW R nineT is widely lauded as a great retro styled motorcycle with modern performance, but with a price similar to that of the S1000RR means many people looking for a modern ‘retro’ bike will choose something like the newly released Ducati Scrambler. That’s all set to change later this year with BMW Motorrad almost certain to release a Scrambler type bike based on the R NineT – and it will be priced competitively with the Ducati.

Despite its cost, the R nineT has been very successful for BMW, becoming its fourth most popular bike in its range last year. Using an air-cooled engine, its the perfect model to send down the Scrambler route. Even more so than the Ducati Scrambler however, the BMW version will not have any off-road aspirations.

The R nineT with its 1,170 cc engine already weighs 489 lbs (222 kg) wet and any attempt to compete with (or at least near) the Ducati Scrambler on price will mean the use of cheaper components which almost always weigh more. Reports that we are getting from a handful of BMW Motorrad dealers in Europe who have been briefed on the upcoming model state that the engine will remain as is, so no weight savings will be found there.

That means 110 hp and 119 Nm of torque. But other areas of the bike will be of lower specifications. Gone are the spoked wheels of the R nineT, replaced with cheaper alloys that will likely be clad in ‘dual-sport’ rubber like the Ducati. The S1000RR derived front fork will be replaced by a much more conventional unit, possibly even based off the F 800 R.

Brakes will also be donated from other, cheaper models within the BMW stable, while the exhaust will be a twin, vertically stacked unit that will sit beside and just below the rear tail section of the bike.

There’s no doubt the R nineT is a great canvas off which to base a Scrambler. It’s hugely popular among customizers and has already been converted into a ‘Scrambler’ on many occasions, such as the one pictured below by French customizers Boxer Design.

Given the higher spec engine, it’s highly likely that a BMW Scrambler would be priced at or above the highest spec Ducati Scrambler, meaning a price no less than $9,995. That’s a big drop from the R nineT’s current asking amount of $14,995, but as consumers have shown, people want simple, attractive motorcycles that represent good value for money. We’re excited to see what BMW Motorrad can deliver.

BMW R nineT Scrambler