Scramblers are huge in the motorbike scene at the moment everywhere you look bike manufacturers are pumping the out left right and centre so the release of the BMW R Nine T Scrambler was no surprise to us. The Scrambler isn’t just a fashion bike although it looks awesome there’s more to it than that with less extra gadgets and electronics than the GS and a much lighter weight of 485 lbs it gives great ride quality.
Although the front 19inch wheel is just a fashionable add on its surprising to find it doesn’t detract from the bike’s handling at all, by giving it the same tyre size as the GS it makes the BMW R Nine T Scrambler much more road worthy and a better feel. Comfort isn’t really central on this bike for example the seat while practical and fit for purpose will give you a sore back side after a considerable time on the road but then again I’d say the looks and what’s under the hood really make that a small sacrifice to make! Speaking of under the hood…
The BMW R Nine T Scrambler has all of the character you can find in a Roadster as well as the same 108.6bhp and 85.6 lbft of torque in an 1170cc air-cooled engine. You can feel the difference made by BMW opting for the air cooled engine over the more civilised water cooled option through the attack of vibration and noise that only adds to the Scrambler’s character.
Some will say the BMW are using the term “scrambler” loosely on this bike as it definitely doesn’t have the impressive off road ability of a traditional scrambler (to be honest they have the GS for that!). The Scrambler gives a more of a Mad Max of the beaten track feel being a robust agile upright bike with a lot of the cosmetic changes being pretty much skin deep. A new seat cuts costs while still looking cool using synthetic worn in brown leather as well retro style fine spoke wheel design . Changes to the frame include steepened steering head angle as a way to compensate for the bigger front wheel, added suspension of 5mm at the front and 20mm at the back and finally the ergonomics have been changed ever so slightly with pegs pushed back and down a taller seat higher placed handle bars. There are a couple of finishing touches I can’t help but talk about as they make the Scrambler look tidy and cool, there’s no rev counter or gear indicator which might be a downside for some but it keeps such a simplistic and clean design that I love.
You can really feel the difference these changes to ergonomics and structure make when you take the Scrambler out on the road; it has the ride-ability of the original R nine T with just the right amount of vibration to add to its character and enough torque for you to climb speeds easy! The narrow large wheel doesn’t hinder steering at all it gives a more flick -able feel than the original R nine T had.
I can see why some people may have issues with the BMW R Nine T Scrambler, it’s not the most practical bike and could probably be a lot comfier over all along with the doubts that it actually earned its Scrambler name it might let a few people down. Over all it looks cool and gets you from A to B with power and style, it hits the market in September at the cost of £11250.