What Do You Think Of The New BMW Scrambler?
Photography by BMW and Rosario Liberti
People can’t get enough of BMW’s awesome boxer engines, and for good reason. Enthusiasts buy new ones, restore vintage ones, and customizers love to make nearly anything from them, from café racers to dirt-loving scramblers.
Besides looking like a purely aesthetic exercise by BMW, the new destined-for-production Scrambler is the more fashionable sister of the hard-core Gelande und Strasse, er, GS 1200 dirt-touring bike that topped sales in Europe in the past few years. However, this is based on a road-oriented machine, the R nineT, so for those who want a less Dakar-oriented motorcycle and want to enjoy a modern boxer engine, the could be the right choice.
Featuring a taller ride, softer suspension settings and a set of dirt tires, the new BMW R nineT Scrambler is all about heading out in the desert and trying to go as sideways as your bravery will allow.
In person, it looks like a very “real” motorcycle, with few plastic components and every detail seemingly a remake of classic styling elements, like bellows-style front suspension covers and a tachometer that seems to be ripped off from a first series R80 GS. The headstock angle has been increased to 28.5, degrees and if you want, you can have it with spoked wire wheels, too.
If you feel that your old GS needs a break or if you’re not expecting mud during your daily commute to the office, well, you may want to get your hands on the new R nineT Scrambler. At 1,170-cc and 110 horsepower at the crank, it should be a punchy, go-almost-anywhere companion.