BMW R nineT Scrambler
2016 model. 1170cc, OHV, air & oil-cooled Boxer twin
▲ The Germans might well be one of the last to get the joke, but they've obviously still got a sense of fun. The big question is whether BMW took too long to clamber onto the street scrambler bandwagon. This is the 2016 model soon to be released. We're pretty certain that we won't be buying. But BMW is said to be gunning for big sales over the next year. Expect surprises.
▲ Question: What the hell are you going to scramble over on this? Answer: Nothing. But then, this bike is instead intended to scramble under the Euro4 emissions regulations that will be with us come January 2016. We like it. Sort of. And as a bar hopper it's probably ideal. But for anything that involves time, distance or a pillion, you might want to look elsewhere.
▲ From any angle this BMW R nineT Scrambler looks the part—provided you're into the current urban, brat scene. But we can also see a lot of guys and gals hating this motorcycle for its lack of practicality. We can see both sides, and we're staying out of it.
▲ BMW's 1,170cc R nineT engine cutaways. This is what happens when you stick with a Boxer twin concept and develop the hell out of it. We're expecting to see many other production Beemers powered by this bag of bolts, but is the basic architecture getting too long in the tooth to stay ahead of emissions regulations? We don't know. Presumably BMW does. Either way, we'll lament the passing of this engine when it finally happens.
▲ BMW's standard 1,170cc R nineT. Revealed in 2013, and introduced one year later, this motorcycle was (say BMW) aimed largely at the customisation set, meaning that it's easy to modify thanks to a bolt-on rear sub-frame, simple construction, and an air/oil-cooled engine (as opposed to liquid-cooled) for that authentic retro looks. But since when have customisers worried about mechanical challenges? Regardless, BMW dealers currently (Nov 2015) have these on order for customers, and the factory is struggling to keep up with demand. That's the commercial propaganda, anyway. We like this bike. But we don't love it.
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Front fork and wheels