BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016-on) Review

Published: 20 July 2016

Much more than a styling exercise

BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER  (2016-on)

Much more than a styling exercise

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Don’t think of the Scrambler as a fashion bike, think of it as a great looking  lightweight version of the GS that is pleasingly lacking in the fussy electronics that the latest water-cooled model is so adorned with but still delivering a comfortable riding stance and decent tank range. While ultimately this makes it less practical and a bit more demanding to ride as it lacks some creature comforts such as a proper screen, it also gives the Scrambler a special character and unique appeal all of its own.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The 19-inch front wheel is basically a fashion accessory, but BMW has ensured that this feature doesn’t detract from the Scrambler’s handling by giving it the same size tyres as the GS. These fatter tyres are very much road orientated and feel far more natural to riders who have grown up on 17-inch rubber, giving good front end feel. The seat isn’t the most comfortable, but it is ok for most uses.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Scrambler retains all the spirit and character that epitomizes the R nineT Roadster. Not to mention a healthy 108.6bhp with 85.6lb.ft of torque. The air-cooled engine is far removed from its considerably more civilised water-cooled brother and it demonstrates this through a barrage of noise and vibrations that the current GS would certainly consider uncouth but suits the Scramber’s character perfectly.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

It’s an air-cooled BMW, so the engine is as solid as they come. The overall feel of the bike is one of quality and it is unusual for BMW to cut corners.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At £10,530 the Scrambler is actually a pretty well priced BMW model, especially when you look at the competition. A Street Twin with a Scrambler inspoiration kit costs £9095 while the Ducati Scrambler is £8395 and both have less powerful motors.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Scrambler is designed to be stripped back and therefore you only get ABS as standard equipment and conventional forks instead of inverted items. If you want more bling, spoke wheels, traction control, heated grips and even a rev counter can be added via the parts and accessories catalogue.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

BMW Scrambler X

08 August 2017 by Mark

If you are after a twin cylinder naked you won't go far wrong with a BMW scrambler. The engine is probably one of its most remarkable features. I rode the new Triumph Thruxton prior to taking out the BM and the Triumph actually felt a bit flat in... Read more comparison. If only BMW could match the quality of the Triumph suspension ....... Overall though definetley one of the most fun bikes I have ever owned or rode.....

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
If the the bike had a decent back shock absorber I would probally give it 5 out of 5. The shock initially feels over hard but that soon disappears after about 1,500 miles of hard riding, but then it seems to become very under damped. Flipping between full peg scraping lean on 60mph - 80mph bends can cause a bit of a wallowing sensation which can upset your line into the next bend. Comfort is surprisingly good, I think it's due to good riding position which distributes the riders weight evenly between the bars and seat, 90 mins saddle time is easily achievable before any aches start to set in.
Engine
5 out of 5
Oh my god, definetley not what I expected ! This isn't no lazy floppy twin cylinder engine. It's a rev happy snarling exhaust popping beast and it encourages you to use those revs, love the engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Let down by a poor finish on the underside of the exhaust (lot of weld spatter), the rest of the machine is pretty much top notch.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Well it hasn't got much in terms of standard equipment, but everything it has is everything you need.
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £10,530
Used price £9,000 to £11,000
Warranty term 2 years unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £230
Performance
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 85.6 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 1170cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air/oil-cooled boxer twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 220kg
Front suspension 41mm conventional, non-adjutsable forks
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake 2x320mm four-piston conventional Brembo calipers, ABS
Rear brake 265mm disc, two piston. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 R19
Rear tyre size 170/60 R17

History & Versions

Model history

None

Other versions

The Scrambler is heavily underpinned by the R nineT Roadster, which was previoulsy just known as the R nineT. 

There will also be a Scrambler X in the UK, which will retail at £11,090.

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