BMW Turned Their R NineT Roadster Into An Upright-Riding, Off-Roading Scrambler

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It’s not entirely surprising that BMW just made a scrambler. It’s, pretty much, the cool bike of the season. Instead of building the bike from scratch like Ducati and Yamaha did, though, they opted to rig an existing model into one: the BMW R NineT Scrambler is the result.

A lower-spec version of the R NineT roadster, the new motorcycle gets all the requisite changes to turn it into a functional scrambler that can ride on both city roads and off the beaten path. Basically, you get the power of the roadster with the go-anywhere, all-day fun of a scrambler, complete with a handsome profile that’s, arguably, the prettiest of the line.

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To dutifully look the part of a scrambler, the BMW R NineT Scrambler has higher handlebars for a more upright riding position, reduced seat upholstery to lower it, and foot pegs that sit farther towards the rear, along with a steel tank, a higher exhaust, and an analog tachometer. To accommodate better off-road performance, it gets a new 19-inch front wheel, heavily-treaded tires, and a different suspension (front fork has 4.9 inches of travel, with 5.5 inches in the rear). It retains the same air-cooled 1,170 cc boxer-twin engine, putting out 110 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm.

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As with the roadster model, the bike’s rear frame can be removed, giving the owner some amount of customization without requiring any actual welding or engineering skills. It only comes in a single color, which BMW is calling “monolithic matte.”

No pricing or release dates have been announced yet for the BMW R NineT Scrambler.

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