2016 Bmw R nineT Scrambler Test Ride
We took the new BMW retro machine for a long day ride to see if it is a Scrambler by all means.
Recommended for:young and single
Created for:urban driving
Bang for the buck:good
Classic and reliable at the same time, the efficient air cooled boxer engine is the trademark of the BMW Motorrad. What else to use? With a high torque and a great sound, it develops at his peak 110HP. The 1170cc boxer proved itself on the former models and now meets the EURO 4 regulations. It keeps the same classic vibe and gives you a right push when you twist the throttle. The high mounted exhaust gives the Scrambler a full of character sound.
The R nineT offers an upright and relaxed position that will allow you go until the road ends and beyond. Well, you may go along with the riding position, but not for long term use. Due to its threaded tires [Metzeler Karoo 3 - optional] it will easily handle any road, but the vibrations will become unbearable. On muddy surfaces, it will put your skills to the test. The suspensions are not designed for dual-sport use [they are very stiff] and the turning angle is not as large as you would expect.
The scrambler is rough and simple, but the ABS is already mandatory for today’s motorcycles. Traction control can be optionally added for increased safety. Both the ABS and the Traction Control can be switched off. In the simple analog clock hides a small LCD with the essential information.
The feeling that comes with this bike is amazing. You may say it's just a hipster bike, but you are wrong. Every time you get on the saddle is like seeking for a new adventure. You won't feel any hunger or thirst and your only wish is to see the road going through the skyline. Imagine you'll have a cigarette stop, but you won't switch off the engine because you can't get enough of that sound. Even a throttle blip will put a big smile on your face, and the “BRAP” that comes from the Akrapovic exhaust will give you goosebumps.
The R nineT Scrambler has an upright riding position, and you can be sure you will get a sore bottom if you dare to ride it for long distances. This is not a touring motorcycle. The controls have a nice position and the hydraulic clutch works amazingly easy. The gas tank gives you enough leg room.
The main feature of this motorcycle is the design. The high mounted exhaust, the clean look, and the adventure tires emphases a genuine scrambler. Who needs wind protection on this bike?
You rather bravely accept the wind than add a windshield. BMW offers you the engine heat to keep your legs warm - at least in the city - and for the hands, you have the optional heated grips.
Although it looks ready to eat as many miles as a standard roadster, the R nineT Scrambler has a stiff suspension, and you'll get uncomfortable after 120 miles.
The new Scrambler inherits a lot from the R nineT Roadster. The handlebar, the engine, the frame, and the tank are the same. But instead of using aluminium for the fuel tank, BMW used steel for a lowered price tag. The intention was to cut the costs, but this doesn’t mean lack of quality. The BMW craftsmanship and attention to details can be admired from every corner. Everything is where it should be. The boxer engine made this bike even better looking.The dashboard is composed out of a simple analog dial. Damn it looks good. Its blending perfectly between the Srambler lines.
Base price: 13000$ / 13000€ Including ABS
Average fuel consumption in test 5,5 litres/100 km [42,73 mpg]. Sporty pace: 6 litres/100 km [39,17 mpg].
Tank Bag, Rear softbag, Aluminum tank hand brushed, Knee pads, Cylinder head covers, Matte, chrome-plated housing for the instrument cluster, End caps for the handlebars, Classic emblem, Cross-spoked wheels, HP Sports Silencer by Akrapovič, Bracket for rear silencer, Cover for main-frame threaded fastener, Exhaust manifold, chrome-plated, Scrambler seat, high, Scrambler single seat bench, Front seat R nineT, Custom rider's seat, Custom passenger seat, Scrambler flyscreen, Heated handlebar grips, Holder for BMW Motorrad navigation system, Plastic cylinder-head cover guard, Aluminum cylinder-head cover guard, Aluminum engine guard, Headlight protector, Safety plug for oil filler neck, Anti-theft alarm
|Max power (horsepower, KW)||110 hp (81 kw)|
|Max torque (NM, lb-ft)||86 lb-ft (116 Nm)|
|Top speed (km/h, mph)||Over 125 mph|
|Engine (CC, CI)||1,170 cc|
|Frame||Steel trellis / Aluminium swingarm|
|Weight (KG, Lbs.)||485 lbs (220 kg)|
|Seat Height (CM, IN”)||32.3" (820 mm)|
|Front Brake||Twin-disc brakes, diameter 320 mm, 4-piston callipers|
|Rear Brake||Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper|
|Front Tire Size||120/70 R 19|
|Rear Tire Size||170/60 R 17|
|Front suspension||Telescopic forks with 43 mm fixed-tube diameter|
|Rear suspension||BMW Motorrad Paralever|
|Fuel Tank (L, Gal)||4.5 gal (17 l)|
|Avg. fuel consumption (L/100 KM, MPG)||5|
|Price (EUR, USD)||13.000$ / 13000€|