Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BMW R nineT Scrambler is now ready to hit the road

2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler
2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler
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The new BMW R nineT Scrambler is so cool, even Steve McQueen would dump his trusty Triumph for this...

The new BMW R nineT Scrambler, which was unveiled at the EICMA in Italy, in November last year, is now finally ready to hit BMW showrooms all over the world. Priced at about 13,000 euro, it has all the right 'scrambler' styling cues - the deeptreaded tyres, a high-mounted exhaust system, relatively long suspension travel at both ends and relaxed seating position that's just about perfect for street use as well as light off-road use. "Scramblers offered their riders in the 1950s to 1970s, not just motorcycling fun on winding country roads but also great off-road capability and therefore an extended range of use," claim BMW. And indeed, the German company says that the new R nineT Scrambler can trace its heritage all the way back to the early-1950s R68, a high-piped version of which was raced by one Georg 'Schorsch' Meier. We do think the connection is a bit tenuous, but, well, whatever.

What matters is that the R nineT Scrambler is powered by BMW's air/oil-cooled 1170cc boxer-twin, which is Euro IV compliant and pumps out 110bhp and 116Nm of torque. With its high-mounted exhaust and 19-inch front wheel, the thing should certainly be good for a bit of mud-plugging at a rather respectable pace. The BMW Scrambler's tubular steel space frame (which uses the boxer engine as a load-bearing element), along with its regular telescopic front fork and Paralever single-sided swingarm have been designed to take some off-road bashing, and the optional wire-spoked wheels, shod with 120/70 and 170/60 dual-purpose rubber look quite apt. There are twin 320mm brake discs up front, with 4-piston calipers, and a 265mm brake disc at the back. ABS is standard, of course. The 17-litre fuel tank, made of steel, should provide sufficient range and the bike's various forged aluminium parts and brown leather seat lend a properly classy touch.

BMW have a huge list of optional extras that are available from the factory for the Scrambler, and the ones that seem to be useful include off-road tyres, an automatic stability control (ASC) system, raised seat, lowered suspension, anti-theft alarm system, engine guard, a windshield and protective grille for the headlamp. Other bits include an assortment of soft luggage, hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank, comfort passenger seat with grab straps and an Akrapovič sports silencer which can be mounted in raised or lowered position. Ja, das ist gut!

Even with its 220kg kerb weight, the BMW R nineT Scrambler can accelerate from zero to 100kph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 200kph. And with close to 19kpl in terms of the fuel economy, the bike will comfortably take you far and fast on whatever roads you choose to travel. It's incredibly cool and yet we'd still take this HP4. We know we need to get over it but what to do, we just can't...






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