BMW Motorrad had one of the biggest stands at the world’s biggest motorcycle show, and for good reason too.

All eyes were on the German bike builder as it unveiled some of the most important bikes in its range but one stole the show, the R nineT Scrambler.

EICMA2015_2368 copyAnother one for those who like a little ‘retroness’ to their bikes, the new R nineT Scrambler is based on, you guessed it, the R nineT.

EICMA2015_2370 copyDucati may have been first to revive the Scrambler design and name, but BMW also has a strong history rooted in the Scrambler concept. It goes back as far as 1951 with the BMW R68 with the typical raised 2-in-1 exhaust. The R68 is a highly valuable post-war BMW Motored classic.

EICMA2015_2372 copyThe new BMW Scrambler features a classic air-cooled, flat-twin boxer, 117cc engine which delivers an output of 110hp at 7750rpm and 116Nm of torque at 6000rpm.

EICMA2015_2371 copyThe BMW Scrambler is a highly customisable bike and resourceful owners of the R nineT can also transform their bike into a scrambler. The most important part of the BMW Scrambler however are the raised exhausts with two vertically arranged rear silencers fitted closer to the body to reiterate the slim presence of the bike.

EICMA2015_8118The frame plays a key role as far as customisation goes. The boxer engine of the BMW Scrambler works as a load-bearing element and consists of a front section with integrated steering head and a rear section with swinging arm mount. The rear passenger frame can of course be dismounted, thereby allowing the BMW Scrambler to be ridden one or two up.

EICMA2015_8109As for the suspension, the front is in the form of a telescopic fork with rubber gaiters and a spring travel of 125 millimetres. Rear wheel suspension is taken care of by a Paralever single-sided swinging arm as used in other boxer models. Suspension and damping at the rear is carried out via a central spring strut with a spring travel of 140 millimetres.

Highlights of the new BMW R nineT Scrambler:

  • Purist design.
  • Classic colour concept.
  • Stitched seat in patinised leather look.
  • Workmanship with great attention to detail.
  • Air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine with a capacity of 1 170 cc. Output 
81 kW (110 hp) at 7 750 rpm, maximum torque of 116 Nm at 6 000 rpm.
  • Designed to be customised.
  • Modular frame concept with removable passenger frame offering a range 
of variations.
  • Classic wheel suspension by means of telescopic fork at front and 
Paralever at rear.
  • Large 19-inch front wheel as is typical of a Scrambler.
  • Upright seating position in classic Scrambler style.
  • Raised exhaust fitted close to the body with twin silencer.
  • Axially mounted 4-piston brake calipers, steel-wrapped brake lines, 
320-millimetre brake discs and ABS.
  • Individually tailored special accessories in the familiar high quality typical 
of BMW Motorrad.


Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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