BMW Motorrad USA has announced its manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 2017 R nineT Scrambler which arrives in showrooms this month. And at $13,000 it is, as expected, cheaper than the original R nineT’s $15,095 sticker price. BMW learned from the expense and delays during the launch of the original R nineT two years ago, which were caused by the inclusion of hand-crafted and high-end parts.
This new model uses more standard and budget-friendly pieces to bring the price down including a sheet steel fuel tank instead of the original hand-welded aluminum tank. The Scrambler also swaps the R nineT’s Öhlins suspension for a right-side-up 43mm front fork. The new round headlight and analog cockpit instrument are simpler alternatives as well.
There is the same air/oil-cooled 1,170 cc boxer engine producing 110 hp (81 kW) at 7,750 rpm and up to 86 lb/ft (116 Nm) of torque at 6,000 rpm. And the design is still just as customizable as the original. There are also plenty of factory optional accessories available. It’s being offered in one color, Monolith metallic matt, with blacked-out frame, suspension and engine components. The seating position — on top of the “aged patina” faux leather seat — is more upright with higher bars and lower pegs and leads to a taller 32.3-inch seat height, which is up from 30.9 inches on the R nineT.
The R nineT Scrambler is BMW’s second model in a new Heritage line, along with the original R nineT, and we’re expecting even more variants of the R nineT to be added in the future. Recently BMW showed off a Paris-Dakar Rally concept version called the Lac Rose which may make it into production next year.