Building on the surprising (or unsurprising, depending on your opinion) success of the R nineT, BMW has introduced a second model to run alongside it. Called the R nineT Scrambler, this new derivative take the retro bike on a more rugged path. There’s now a 19-inch rim up front shod in chunky 120/70-19 Metzler Karoo 3 rubber, while the rear gets a purposeful looking 170/60-17. Cast alloy wheels come as standard, with cross-spoke wheels available as an option.
Keeping that off-road look is 125mm travel telescopic front forks that include vintage looking rubber fork gaiters. The rear wheel travel is taken care of by a Paralever single-sided swingarm that allows for 140mm of travel. BMW claims that the revised suspension geometry has been set up to give “sound handling and a neutral cornering response.”
Performance comes from the familiar 1,170cc boxer twin, which produces 110hp and a total of 116Nm of torque. The engine now features new mapping software and fuel injection in order to meet EU4 emissions regulations.
Of course the suspension setup and larger front wheel, as well as those chunkier tyres, could give the R nineT Scrambler some reasonable ability off-road though most owners are probably going to stick to urban riding. There’s a more upright riding position too, thanks to reconfigured footrests and handlebars.
Braking comes in the form of 320mm discs up front gripped by a four-piston calliper, while the rear gets a 265mm disc with a two-piston floating calliper. As you would now expect from BMW, ABS braking comes as standard.
There’s also enough details to set it apart from the regular R nineT, most noticeably the stacked rear exhaust silencers. Not only do they comply with the latest ECE R41-04 noise regulations, they appear to be slim and are fitted close to the body of the bike. There will also be an aftermarket Akrapovic version to be available.
Other details include a 17-litre sheet-steel fuel tank that features a trim cover made from aluminium sheet with R nineT embossed into it. Other parts have been forged from aluminium and then glass-bead blasted and clear anodised to give a high quality finish to them. The seat is upholstered in a patinised leather Saddle Brown material and contrasts well against the Monolith metallic matt paint. The swingarm, frame, wheels, fork slider tubes and engine casing are all finished in black.
Other available accessories will include a headlight grille, front and side numberboards and bar ends. The BMW R nineT Scrambler will hit the roads in 2016 and will undoubtedly appeal to those looking for something über cool to be seen on.