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2016 - 2018 BMW R nineT Scrambler

The R nineT Scrambler Finally Hits The Showrooms And Beemer Fans Rejoice
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The On-Road Bike With Off-Road Attitude

It is a well-known phenomenon that as people get to a certain stage in life, they crave things from their youth. Frequently, this coincides with a certain amount of disposable income to indulge in such nostalgia. Over time, entire industries have sprung from this demand, and even designers among established businesses capitalize on this market. The new-from-2016, R nineT Scrambler from the Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW Motorrad) seems to fall into just this sort of category. Based on a general design popular from the ’50s all the way through the ’70s, the Scrambler embodies the form of the original scramblers, while borrowing from the 1951 Beemer R 68. The result is a ride that invokes nostalgia in those old enough to remember the originals and subsequent variants, but also appeals to a younger crowd who appreciates classic looks coupled with updated performance and more reliable technology than its antique predecessors. I say that with confidence since I fall into the latter group, and I am really digging this new-old ride, so join me for a dissection of this scrambler descendant as I try to determine how closely this apple fell to the tree.

Continue reading for my review of the BMW R nineT Scrambler.

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2016 - 2018 BMW R nineT Pure

2016 - 2018 BMW R nineT Pure

The Purist form of motorcycling is here

The Bavarian maker must have mastered the art of making peace with the heritage scene, but it cannot stop people from wanting more out of it. The R nine T has absolutely been a hit story for the German ever since the launch in 2013. It was so good that BMW initially struggled to keep up with the demand and they released one version after the other in succession to the world stage that includes the, Scrambler and the Urban G/S.

Added later to this lineup in 2016 is the R nine T Pure, a roadster model that believes in being reduced to the bare essentials. Coming in as the most accessible one of the R nineT range, the Pure costs the least as well.

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BMW updates its 2019 model line-up

BMW updates its 2019 model line-up

Majorly cosmetic updates with a few models receiving technical ones

The race to the top is getting more fearsome every passing day, and the manufacturers are pulling out every little trick they have up their sleeves to make their product stand out from the rest.

BMW Motorrad is at the forefront of imagination, innovation, and technology and proof of that is their list of the finest motorcycles that set benchmarks for every other maker to chase it. Keeping the race alive, the German manufacturer has released a host of updates to its 2019 lineup, including its scooters, six-cylinder tourers, R NineT retro models, and the new adventure machines.

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2018 BMW R nineT Racer

2018 BMW R nineT Racer

The Bavarian way to replicate the ’60s and ’70s racers in a modern package

BMW Motorrad must have said that they are done with the R nine T family and are moving out of the heritage scene, but it cannot stop people from wanting more out of it. The R nine T has absolutely been a hit story for the German ever since the launch in 2013. It was so good that BMW initially struggled to keep up with the demand and they released one version after the other in succession to the world stage that includes the Pure (roadster), Scrambler and the Urban G/S.

But nothing looked and felt as retro as the R nine T Racer which embodies classic 1970s’ café-racer cues taking us back in time with modern design bits and sophisticated packaging. Released first in 2016, the Racer gave us a chance to relive the era of legendary superbikes, and it does that even today albeit with a modern 1170 cc mil and up-spec chassis elements.

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Dab Designs 'Enhanced Racer' bolt-on custom kit for the BMW R nineT

Dab Designs ’Enhanced Racer’ bolt-on custom kit for the BMW R nineT

It’s called the ER Kit - Enhanced Racer

For the folks who custom build for a living, BMW’s boxer layout is their holy grail. Nothing else looks as retro and authentic as the two pods pouting out of the frame. Builders turned these spirited machines into a beacon of beauty, simplicity, class, and definition.

A French design house called Dab Designs have had their go on the BMW R NineT, but it isn’t a built like the one you think. There is no cutting, no welding, none of that dirty, oily stuff, but just a bolt-on pre-fabricated kit that can do the customized work for you in just under a couple of hours. It’s called the ER kit.

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The "Dark Fighter" by Mandrill Garage & Cafe

The "Dark Fighter" by Mandrill Garage & Cafe

It is a gothic masterpiece. And it’s got a menacing face.

Take a moment and look around you. You would be surprised to learn that 70% of the stuff in your room or office comes all the way from the People’s Republic of China, a country having over a billion people and thousands of years of invention and innovation. Although people vouch for their poor quality of products, let me remind you that Apple makes all of theirs’ right there.

Amongst such giants lies a bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts who have vowed to create machines that exuberate caliber on par with the best custom builders in the business. One such is the Beijing’s Mandrill Garage and Café that has been a hotspot for motorcycle enthusiast for well over six years.

Run by a chap called Luo Hao, Mandrill has been custom building motorcycle that expresses highest level of visual elation and euphoria, and his latest creation is the “Dark Fighter”, aptly named to give an anti-retro take on the dark nemesis of the BMW R nineT.

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2016 - 2018 BMW R nineT Scrambler

2016 - 2018 BMW R nineT Scrambler

The On-Road Bike With Off-Road Attitude

It is a well-known phenomenon that as people get to a certain stage in life, they crave things from their youth. Frequently, this coincides with a certain amount of disposable income to indulge in such nostalgia. Over time, entire industries have sprung from this demand, and even designers among established businesses capitalize on this market. The new-from-2016, R nineT Scrambler from the Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW Motorrad) seems to fall into just this sort of category. Based on a general design popular from the ’50s all the way through the ’70s, the Scrambler embodies the form of the original scramblers, while borrowing from the 1951 Beemer R 68. The result is a ride that invokes nostalgia in those old enough to remember the originals and subsequent variants, but also appeals to a younger crowd who appreciates classic looks coupled with updated performance and more reliable technology than its antique predecessors. I say that with confidence since I fall into the latter group, and I am really digging this new-old ride, so join me for a dissection of this scrambler descendant as I try to determine how closely this apple fell to the tree.

Continue reading for my review of the BMW R nineT Scrambler.

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Motorcycles that take you to the black&white era.

Motorcycles that take you to the black&white era.

Festooned with modern technology and engine, these bikes bring back time from the ’60s.

Timeless designs that take you back to the pre-’60s era , heightened feeling of riding free-spirited machines and the sense of freedom. This is what a modern day classic motorcycle offers without that knuckle bending fixes and ghastly scenes of oil dripping everywhere.

Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, manufacturers are spinning motorcycles that exuberate the classic appeal and character that goes on to showcase their point of arrival into the world of two wheels.

Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application unlike the yesteryears.

Today though, we’ll not get talking about power, torque, springs or brakes. Rather, the aura these bikes bring about with their interpretations of what the ’60s were all about and long before that. Their old silhouettes, round headlamps, spokes wheels and all that chrome.

Here are our top five retro picks available on the showroom floors:

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2017 BMW R NineT Urban G/S

2017 BMW R NineT Urban G/S

A sophisticated nostalgia kicking some dust.

Success was not a problem with BMW, especially for their R NineT. It has absolutely been a hit story for the German ever since it launched the R Nine T in 2013. It was so good that BMW struggled initially to keep up with the demand and they released one version after the other in succession to the world stage that includes the Pure (roadster) and Racer (café/endurance-style), as well as the Scrambler. It is a no brainer that BMW Motorrad will see it fitting to extend their range even further.

The GS motorcycles refer to either Gelände/Straße (German: off-road/road) and are distinguished by their long travel suspension, upright riding position and larger front wheels. Taking up the same moniker is the Urban G/S which is a purpose built street-oriented motorcycle that has a charm bound to resonate with onlookers. Based on the ‘Lac Rose’ concept seen at Wheels and Waves earlier last year, the German finally took the wraps off their new 2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S at the previous EICMA in Milan.

Paying homage to the original 1980 BMW R80G/S, this urban combines the classic motorcycle with modern technology and sophisticated craftsmanship that can transport anyone back to the days when the GS abbreviation meant a sense of freedom and the passion for adventure on two wheels, both on-road and off-road. But this time they’re for looks and not for bashing your way across unpaved expanses of Africa.

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BMW Doubles The Size Of The R nineT Family With Two New Models

BMW Doubles The Size Of The R nineT Family With Two New Models

Beemer back in ’13, and its adventures have brought us two new versions to bolster the family up to a total of four distinct models. Adding to the base R nineT and the “Scrambler” models are the all-new for 2017 “Pure” and “Racer” models.

Continue reading for more on BMW’s new R nineT Scramblers.

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The R nineT Scrambler Finally Hits The Showrooms And Beemer Fans Rejoice

The R nineT Scrambler Finally Hits The Showrooms And Beemer Fans Rejoice

The Bayerische Motoren Werke has been teasing us for months now. Since the release of the base-model R nineT, Beemer has had to scramble, if you will forgive the pun, to increase production to meet demand. Although this is a nice problem to have, I have to wonder if Beemer isn’t about to compound the issue now that the much-anticipated Scrambler is finally hitting showroom floors.

Based on the R nineT “Roadster,” the Scrambler comes set up for a more dirt-centric riding style for riders who like to swing both ways (giggety!), but in a more street-friendly package than, say, enduro models. Scramblers fall into the bevy of “retro” models we are seeing from nearly every quarter as of late, and I for one think it’s great, even though many are more faithful to the original concepts.

Continue reading for more information on the BMW R nineT Scrambler.

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Tattoo Artist Creates The Gold Leaf BMW R nineT

Tattoo Artist Creates The Gold Leaf BMW R nineT

Italian tattoo artist Marco Manzo is one of the most prominent fashion tattoo artists in the world today. His incredible creations have taken a life of their own, often being described as ink haute couture. Clearly, the man isn’t lacking in artistic talent and recently, that talent was in full display when he turned a BMW Motorrad Roma-supplied R nineT into his own personal work of art.

For the record, Manzo’s work on the R nineT doesn’t count as your typical customization. There are no engine upgrades and there were very little aesthetic improvements that typically counts in the traditional sense of a custom project. Sure, there’s a new round headlight, a resin rear fender, and LED turn indicators. But that’s about it on that end.

What sets Manzo’s work apart from other R nineT projects I’ve seen are the intricate artistic details of his tattoo art, which he used to decorate the surface of the motorcycle. The artist even dug deep into his bag of tricks with the use of gold leaf to complement the blackened areas of the bike. For those who don’t know, gold leaf is a process by which gold is been beaten into a very thin sheet and used primarily for design and artistic purposes. It’s a very meticulous project that often requires a great deal of time since it’s still mostly done by hand. Oh, and it’s also expensive since it makes use of actual gold. But Manzo doesn’t do things half-baked so he went about and used gold leaf on a number of sections on the bike, including the rims, forks, cylinder head covers, instrument cases, and the the sides of the tank. Once that process was done, Manzo used a special film paint from Win Grafix to create his trademark tattoo patterns.

The result is nothing short of incredible. Not only does it speak highly of the customization potential of the R nineT, but more importantly in this case, it’s further proof of Marco Manzo’s incredible talent in ink haute couture.

Note: Photos courtesy of Czerwinski Arthur

Continue reading to read more about Marco Manzo’s work on the BMW R nineT.

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