|BMW Motorrad has just revealed its R nineT (R 9T) Scrambler qt the EICMA to mark the marque’s entrance into the world of motocross in the new millenia. The history of BMW Motorrad is also rooted in the Scrambler concept.|
In 1951, the BMW R 68 was presented at the International Bicycle and Motorcycle Fair in Frankfurt with a typical raised 2-in-1 exhaust, just like the one used for racing by BMW Motorrad legend Georg “Schorsch” Meier. Now, BMW Motorrad is presenting the new BMW R nineT Scrambler, a motorcycle which the company hopes to revive the Scrambler era of previous decades. The R nineT Roadster is intended to establish BMW Motorrad’s heritage in the wide world of scrambler bikes.
The new BMW Motorrad Scrambler features a classic air-cooled, punchy flat-twin boxer engine, which has stood for hallmark design, powerful torque and a unique sound for more than nine decades. The R nineT Scrambler is fitted with the air/oil-cooled boxer with a capacity of 1 170 cc. It delivers an output of 118 hp (81 kW) at 7 750 rpm, develops a maximum torque of 116 Nm at 6 000 rpm and, with the new engine mapping and a fuel system (carbon canister).
With the new Scrambler as with the R nineT, BMW Motorrad has responded to the desires of many motorcycle fans who wish to deck their bikes creatively, according to their own personal tastes. The spectrum of potential alterations ranges from original BMW Motorrad accessories through to attachments or accessory parts, customizable options.
The raised exhaust with two vertically arranged rear silencers meets the requirements of a classic Scrambler. It is fitted very close to the body of the bike, thereby reinforcing its generally slim appearance. Producing a sonorous boxer sound, it also adheres to the new noise emission regulation ECE R41-04. A large-size catalytic converter ensures even more effective exhaust gas cleaning.
Similar to the R nineT Roadster, the frame concept is a key aspect in terms of the Scrambler’s extensive customization capacity. The specially developed steel tubular space frame integrates the boxer engine as a load-bearing element and consists of a front section with integrated steering head and a rear section with swinging arm mount. The passenger frame can be dismounted, thereby allowing the R nineT Scrambler to be used either by two or a single rider.
In line with the bike’s active riding character, the suspension geometry of the R nineT Scrambler is mainly geared towards sound handling and a neutral cornering response. In good Scrambler style, front wheel suspension is in the form of a telescopic fork with rubber gaiters and a spring travel of 125 millimeters. Rear wheel suspension is taken care of by a Paralever single-sided swinging arm. Suspension and damping are carried out via a central spring strut, with spring travel at 140 mm.
The new BMW Scrambler is fitted with light alloy cast wheels. In typical Scrambler style it has a large 19-inch front wheel with tyre sizes of 120/70-19 at the front and 170/60-17 at the rear. The brake system, which comes with ABS as standard, is fitted with 4-piston calipers, steel-wrapped brake lines and 320 mm brake discs at the front. At the rear, effective deceleration is ensured by a single-disc brake with a diameter of 265 mm and a 2-piston floating caliper.
The new BMW R nineT Scrambler is available in Matt Monolith metallic, while the look is enhanced by black-coated components; such as the frame, swinging arm, wheels, fork slider tubes and engine housing.