EICMA: BMW R nineT Scrambler revealed

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.

BMW R nineT Scrambler front

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.

BMW R nineT Scrambler rear

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.

BMW R nineT Scrambler Akrapovic

BMW R nineT Scrambler seat

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.

BMW R nineT Scrambler handlbars

BMW R nineT headlight

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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.