We’re upset that the romance (and marketing) of these classically styled bikes indicates they are off-road ready, when the reality is they
don’t manage either road or dirt as well as a single-pur-pose bike. Any motorcycle designed as a “scrambler”
should have ample, adjustable suspension, a comfortable seat and the ability to stand on the pegs when the
tarmac ends. They should also benefit from modern
amenities like ABS, traction control and ride modes,
to keep the rubber from darting sideways. To find out
what a few manufacturers are really up to, we did our
own comparison among BMW’s R nine T Scrambler,
Moto Guzzi’s V7 II Stornello and Yamaha’s SCR950,
which represent three different price points.
BMW’s flat-twin boxer engine is the R nine T’s star
attraction. Fire the engine, twist the throttle and
response is immediate. The power of the 1170cc motor
causes the entire frame to flex with each blip, without
lag. A surprisingly deep and satisfying growl emanates
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> By David Hilgendorf
and Russell Evans
BMW, Moto Guzzi and Yamaha hit the scrambler market
with offerings at three different price points.
Yamaha’s SCR950, above, Moto Guzzi’s V7 II Stornello,
left, and BMW’s R nine T Scrambler, each bring something different to the dual-sport game.