BMW R nineT Scrambler Review

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BMW R nineT Scrambler

You can really feel it's a quality, sturdy, well made bike. It oozes character and is an eye catcher.

- Rating: 8 / 10
Looks, handling, build quality, easy to customise
×Suspension, no gear position indicator

What Is It?

The 2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler is a premium retro motorbike based on the R nineT Pure, with a high exhaust and huge potential for customisation.

Engine: 1,170 cc Boxer, 110 bhp

Economy: 45 mpg

Range: 170 miles

Seat Height: 820 mm

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What Is It Like?

BMW R nineT Scrambler

What's Good?

It's a lovely little bike. Yep little, it handles like a 600cc if not better due to its low down weight. So flickable and light in city traffic and twisties the more the merrier.

The power from the 1,200cc 110bhp boxer is just fine. You can really feel it's a quality, sturdy, well made bike. It oozes character and is an eye catcher.

Any Downsides?

It's air-cooled and doesn't like 25+ degrees Celsius in traffic where it will heat up. You literally have to pull over and switch off to let it cool, unless you can come up with an after market system to cool it down.

I haven't found one yet so I'm considering making one myself. I might put a guard or wrapping on the exhaust near the peg because it will easily melt your boot.

There's no fuel gauge, just a reserve light, which is in keeping with going retro, but a pain. An extra clock similar to the Pure model might solve the issue and it's an easy add on.

Get a crud protector for your spring and you might want to think about your jacket also. I widened my rear mudguard but that's a personal preference.

- Dave B, 2019

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Related Bikes

BMW R nineT Pure: Road focused version with a low exhaust.

BMW R nineT Urban GS: More off-road focused version with wire-spoked wheels.

BMW R nineT Racer: Pure with a headlight fairing, seat hump and more aggressive riding position.

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Check out this video review from TheMissendenFlyer.

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