BMW R NineT Scrambler
The BMW R nine T Scrambler is a
modified version of the popular original R nine T. The beastly 1170cc flat
twin boxer engine provides plenty
of torque. Features such as leather
seat, Akropovic exhaust, skid plate
and brushed aluminum details are
as expected from BMW.
from the high-mount Akrapovic twin
exhaust pipes. This is the same power-
plant used in the original street model
R nine T, quite a stout setup for off-road,
even if it only sees limited dirt duty.
Despite all this muscle, the engine is
quite efficient, churning out an average
of 48 miles on each gallon of fuel.
Moto Guzzi updated its classic air-
cooled transversal 90-degree V-twin
engine with more than 70 percent
new components over the original V7,
designed to improve overall torque
and low-end power and comply with
Euro4 fuel and emissions efficiency.
Repositioning the new 744cc engine
inside the frame lowers it 10mm and
adds a 4-degree inclination toward the
front axle, which creates about an inch
more knee room behind the heads and
improves overall weight distribution.
Additionally, the now standard trac-
tion control works well and aggressively
cuts fuel delivery when engaged—a wel-
come addition for roughing up dirt. The
TC is (unintuitively) disabled by holding
the starter button down once the bike
is running, which lights a bright orange
indicator. There is a noticeable amount
of vibration sent to the bars and pegs at
nearly any rpm. The fuel injection strug-
gled, as our bike sputtered when cold,
and frequently stalled when launching.
The SCR950 is a simple reimaging of
Yamaha’s Bolt platform. Like the base
Bolt, C-Spec and R-spec before, this rig-
id-mount, stressed-member, air-cooled,
942cc engine somewhat misses the
mark. It delivers reliable, if unexcep-
tional power and vibration that’s more
annoying than inspiring. Even with a rev
limiter at 6,700, it’s best to short-shift
at 5,500 rpm to stay in the powerband,
which would be far more beneficial in
the dirt than on pavement, provided the
rest of the bike was up to the task.
Shifting is as smooth as acceleration
with the R nine T’s single dry plate
hydraulically actuated clutch. Transition
through the constant mesh six-speed,