Bmw R Ninet Scrambler First Ride Motorcycle Review


The letter “R” is important when it comes lớn BMW motorcycles, going all the way back lớn their original Model, the R32. The R nineT, was BMW’s way of carrying on the R name, while also acknowledging their 90-years of producing world-class motorcycles. And for this year, BMW adds something a little special to lớn the R nineT lineup.

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BRIAN ROBINSON: “The R nineT was developed as sort of a blank canvas for buyers to customize as they saw fit, but never one khổng lồ pass up on a trend, BMW wisely noted that Scrambler-style motorcycles are having a bit of a resurgence, so they customized this one for you, it’s the R nineT Scrambler.”

So, what goes inlớn making a scrambler? Well the high-mounted exhaust pipes, flat seat, và knobby tires are the easy indicators. But there are also taller handlebars & rubber gaiters on the fork to lớn complete the look.

It all works together with a classic aluminum and saddle-brown theme that is retro in flavor, but very modern in execution.

It’s very mechanical looking; with a precise và functional appearance. And if you’ve sầu watched any of my other đánh giá, you’ll know as far as I’m concerned, simpler is better.

Thumb the starter, & it sure sounds lượt thích an old thumper when it fires up; but there’s no denying this is actually 1,170ccs worth of boxer twin outputting around 110-horsepower, with its air-cooled heads proudly protruding out of the frame as always.

That wealth of power trickles khổng lồ the rear wheel through a 6-tốc độ gearbox and single-sided Paralever swing-arm shaft drive.

As high-tech as things can get over at BMW, the R nineT Scrambler is refreshingly low-tech. There’s just a basic speedometer gauge with minimal information; và a single headlight out front with no fairing or wind protection.

No electronic suspension here either, just good basic mechanical stuff; though there is standard ABS.

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And of course this being BMW, you can add heated grips and GPS as well, if you must.

Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to hotline it a form over function piece, as the ride is quite fun; but there’s an awkward feel khổng lồ it that comes from the optional Metzler dual-sport tires, as well as a distinct Humming noise that makes it sound like you’re rollin’ on Super Swamper 35s.

It’s very comfortable as well, not a xe đạp that makes you want lớn put your knee down at every apex, rather just relax and enjoy the ride.

A lengthened wheelbase and narrow forks necessitated some obvious fixes like a standard steering damper khổng lồ help keep things stable at higher speeds.

Suspension travel has increased, but we’re still talking less than 6-inches front and rear. So a dirt trail or fire road, sure. But I wouldn’t wander too far off into lớn the rough stuff.

Get this, the R nineT Scrambler is actually 2-grand lower in price than the stock R nineT Roadster that it’s based on, starting at $13,000. And if your experience is lượt thích mine, most people that chat you up at the gas station will be surprised this BMW stickers that low.

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And this 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler is just the beginning really, as BMW has a whole lot more R nineT variants in the pipeline. Plus, you can always pichồng up the original Roadster & customize it yourself. Either way, you’ll get some retro-inspired bachồng to lớn basics motorcycle fun from a brand known more for looking forward than lớn the past for inspiration.