BMW R NINE T SCRAMBLER (2016 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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 type||Four-stroke, air/oil-cooled boxer twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|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|
|Used price||£7,800 - £10,000|
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||-|
Model history & 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
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.
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.
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.
Get used to the clunky but beefy transmission. The turn signals self cancel (eventually).
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.
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.
Version: Scrambler X
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.....
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.
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.
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.
Well it hasn't got much in terms of standard equipment, but everything it has is everything you need.