BMW R nineT Scrambler – an iconic bike, recreated

BMW R NineT Scrambler-01

Drawing on the rich history of its Scramblers of the 50s, 60s and 70s, BMW Motorrad is bringing to the world the BMW R nineT Scrambler. Debuting at the Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA), it’s a bike that the brand says is built for motorcycle fans who love things that are “purists, reduced to the essentials and non-conformist.” It’s a customisation-centric bike as well, according to BMW.

Engine-wise, the new-age Scrambler features a 1,170 cc air-cooled, flat-twin boxer engine renowned for its design, torque and sound. It produces 110 hp at 7,750 rpm and 116 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The new engine mapping and fuel system, which includes a carbon canister, meets the EU4 emissions standards.

Behind, the Scrambler is designed to allow for the flat-boxer engine to resonate audibly, made possible with two vertically arranged rear silencers, fitted closely to the bike to give it a slim appearance. With that, the bike still adheres to the ECE R41-04 noise emission regulations. A large catalytic converter also makes for more effective exhaust gas cleaning.

In line with the Scrambler’s customisation characteristics, the bike features a steel tubular space frame which consists of a front section with an integrated steering head and a rear section with a swinging arm mount. Uniquely, the passenger frame can be removed to allow it to sit two or the rider on its own.

As standard, the bike also gets ABS. The front suspension is a telescopic fork with rubber gaiters and a spring travel of 125 mm. It is fitted with 19-inch light alloy cast wheels, four-piston calipers, steel-wrapped brake lines and 320 mm brake discs for the front.

The rear, gets a 17-inch alloy wheel, Paralever single-sided swinging arm as the suspension, with damping carried out through a spring strut, while spring travel is at 140 mm. Brakes in the back are a 265 mm diameter single-disc brake with a two-piston floating caliper.

Design-wise, the R nineT features a circular headlamp, a 17-litre sheet steel fuel tank with aluminium trim and R nineT inscription that flows across the air intake duct. The double-butted tubular handlebars comprises of aluminium forged parts that’s glass-bead blasted and then clear anodised. Additionally, the upright two-person seats are tapered and stitched in a Saddle Brown coloured leather.

Available in Monolith metallic matte, it comes with black-coated components for the frame, swinging arm, wheels, fork slider tubes and engine housing. Optional cross-spoke wheels is also available for the bike. The BMW R nineT will feature at the Milan show together with the G310R and the eRR concept.

GALLERY: BMW R nineT Scrambler

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Graham Chin

Having spent a number of years as a journalist for a local paper, a marketing executive for a popular German automotive brand and a copywriter, Graham, a true-blue Sarawakian, knew he had to take the leap back into the motoring scene - and so he did. To him, nothing’s better than cruising for hours along a scenic route, in a car that’s designed and built for that purpose.



  • ubercool on Nov 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Must have thinly trimmed beard, sunglasses, leather jacket, retro looking helmet to ride this thing.

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    • Don’t forget a big wallet. The stock version of this starts at RM115k.

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  • I’ve always loved the R NineT from BMW. It’s just that it’s too heavy for a person of my size.

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  • Ootai on Nov 18, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Looks more like a cafe racer than a jap’s scrambler. Can fly over the high?? Nice, but better wait for the donation.

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