The letter “R” is important when it comes lớn BMW motorcycles, going all the way back khổng lồ 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. Và 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 lớn customize as they saw fit, but never one lớn 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 into making a scrambler? Well the high-mounted exhaust pipes, flat seat, & knobby tires are the easy indicators. But there are also taller handlebars and rubber gaiters on the fork khổng lồ 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. & if you’ve watched any of my other reviews, you’ll know as far as I’m concerned, simpler is better.

Thumb the starter, and it sure sounds like 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 nguồn trickles to the rear wheel through a 6-speed gearbox & 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 call it a size over function piece, as the ride is quite fun; but there’s an awkward feel lớn 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 khổng lồ put your knee down at every apex, rather just relax & enjoy the ride.

A lengthened wheelbase and narrow forks necessitated some obvious fixes lượt thích a standard steering damper to 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 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. & 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.

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 pick up the original Roadster & customize it yourself. Either way, you’ll get some retro-inspired back to basics motorcycle fun from a brand known more for looking forward than khổng lồ the past for inspiration.