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2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler Favorites and Fails

Our favorite—and least favorite—aspects of BMW’s R nineT Scrambler


The Scrambler is based on the R nineT roadster platform that debuted in 2014, but with revised styling and more rudimentary suspension.

Kevin Wing

Retro bikes are all the rage these days, and BMW has jumped on the bandwagon with a fleet of R nineT-based machines that capture the look of the ’60s and ’70s. The R nineT Scrambler I’ve been riding for the last 10 months is modeled after the on/off-roaders of yesteryear with a high muffler, knobby tires, old-school fork gators, and that classy tan bench seat.

There’s no denying it’s a good-looking piece of equipment, but every rose has its thorns, as they say. In this video we hit the highs and the lows of this model, offering you a snapshot of the things BMW nailed and the areas where it missed the mark.

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