BMW R nineT Scrambler will be an affordable offering while retaining the look of a classic Scrambler, India launch in 2017
What BMW has done with the R nineT Scrambler is that the company made an affordable stylish Scrambler with the underpinnings of the highly successful R nineT cafe racer motorcycle.
The rear subframe and main frame can be parted as like in the R nineT and to bring down the costs the S1000RR-derived fork has been replaced by Scrambler’s traditional signature fork slider covers. The handlebars are raised whilst the rider seat is lowered in addition to a larger 19-inch front cast alloy wheel and narrower 170/60 R17 rear tyre to give the bike a stunning appearance.
To stay in compliance with the stricter Euro4 noise and emission regulations, the catalytic converter has been made large with cable-operated valves whilst revamped exhausts adhere to the styling of a classic Scrambler. Engine mapping has now been reconfigured and presence of mandatory carbon capture canister will avoid fuel over-spill from the revised fuel tank.
The Scrambler can also be sod on with off-road knobbly tyres and wire spoked wheels and footrests are built for better grip considering its off-road capabilities. For more cost-saving, the fuel tank is constructed of sheet steel rather than the expensive hand-welded aluminium material as seen in the R nineT.
The 1,170cc air/oil-cooled boxer-twin engine taken from the existing R nineT model produces the same peak power output of 110bhp at 7750rpm and maximum torque of 116Nm at 6000rpm.
The BMW R nineT Scrambler has also been the first of four models expected in the coming years to be based out of R nineT platform.
The anodized forged aluminium parts like the handlebar top clamp and the retro brown leather seat cover were not snubbed by BMW in the Scrambler. With a huge list of accessories available, there’s no word on its price compared to R nineT yet.
Expect the BMW R nineT Scrambler to be launched globally in the first quarter of 2017 as the first affordable model from the R nineT derived platform.