BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160
Power: 110 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (485 lbs / 220 kg)


New £10,530
Used £7,800 - £10,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £160
New price £10,530
Used price £7,800 - £10,000
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term 2 years unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 85.6 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

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.

Owners' reviews for the BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016 - on)

2 owners have 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 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160
5 out of 5 Scrambler Redo
24 July 2018 by Jerry

Version: Scrambler

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £100

As it comes there are a few BMW parts needed to complete the bike. First an OEM rev counter with digital gear indicator is a must as is a handlebar riser kit. Remove the charcoal canister and exhaust butterfly and baffel and you have a proper motorcycle.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Compared to my Triumph Scrambler this bike rides like a truck and it will take time to learn into curves even with road tyres. The brakes do have an anti-lock feature but I have had to stop quickly on occasion and if you really get on the brakes it will respond.

Engine 5 out of 5

Way more power than the Triumph 900 and will pull from low RPM. There is a progressive surge as the RPMs build and you have plenty of power.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Get used to the clunky but beefy transmission. The turn signals self cancel (eventually).

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Change the oil yourself but you need a proper oil filter wrench available online. Don't forget Canister "O" ring and sump crush washer. Don't forget to torque filter and sump bolt.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Didn't think I'd need heated grips but they are so nice to have on cold mornings. I also added lowered foot pegs and longer shift and brake foot levers. Avoid the knobbly tyres.

Buying experience: Traded in a very nice Triumph Scrambler with a retro custom paint job and a host of optional equipment and the dealer gave me a fair deal.

5 out of 5 BMW Scrambler X
08 August 2017 by Mark

Version: Scrambler X

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £230

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 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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Well it hasn't got much in terms of standard equipment, but everything it has is everything you need.

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