2016 - 2019 BMW R nineT Scrambler
The new-from-2016, R nineT Scrambler from the Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW Motorrad) rolls into 2019 still 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.
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2015 - 2018 BMW F 800 GS / F 800 GS Adventure
BMW carries on the F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure in 2018 with their 800 cc engine and capable onroad/offroad features. The former is more of a casual commuter / funbike, while the “Adventure” is geared toward touring and long-range work, and naturally, both come with the top-notch engineering one expects from BMW.
Continue reading for my review of the BMW F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure.
2017 BMW R NineT Urban G/S
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.
In 2004 and again in 2007 we watched Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman embark on their "Long Way" journeys on BMW GS Adventure motorcycles. Sure, they weren’t stock bikes, but how many of us are planning 15,000-mile trips through deserts, inhospitable countries and nearly impossible terrain? If we were, we would also go for tough metal panniers, an extended luggage rack to carry all our essential gear, a taller windscreen and specially adapted shock absorbers and headlights, just as they did. Of course, all those options are available to those of us planning trips within our own country.
The 2015 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is the latest model in the "Adventure" dynasty that arguably began with the GS 800 back in the early 1980s. New for 2015, the R 1200 GS Adventure has the BMW Motorrad Keyless Ride System, the Shift Assistant Pro, and not one, but two low suspension/seat lowering options available.
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When it comes to adventure tourers, the BMW F 800 GS Adventure is one of the most desirable models. And there is no wonder why as it is fitted with state of the art technologies, comes with perfect ergonomics and is fitted with a comprehensive list of Adventure oriented features.
Among the most useful features offered by the F 800 GS Adventure you’ll find a high windshield, a fuel tank protector and saddle bag mountings.
As far as colors are concerned, the 2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure comes in Sandrover Matte or Racing Red.
The bike is propelled by a 798cc, water-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line, two-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication. The engine delivers a maximum output of 63 KW (85 Hp) at 7,500 rpm and 61 Lb/Ft of torque at 5,750 rpm.
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If you like wild adventures on two wheels then you’ll certainly like the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. This tasty adventurer is based on the R1200 GS and is propelled by a 1170 cc, air/liquid-cooled boxer engine. The unit delivers a maximum output of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and 92 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a as the six-speed gearbox that is integrated into the engine housing togheter with the wet clutch.
Compared to the standard model, the Adventure version comes with a set of key modifications which make it tougher and more capable to deal with harsh conditions.
Among the modifications you’ll find a larger fuel tank that has a capacity of 7.9 gallons, a 0.8 inch longer spring travel, a larger seat and a slightly modified engine.
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Shortly after presented the standard F800GS, BMW has introduced an Adventure version of its tough motorcycle. The new model is basically an extreme version of the F800GS and follows the footsteps of the R1200GS Adventure.
Compared to the standard model the Adventure version comes with a set of unique features that make it significantly tougher.
Among them you’ll find a new 24-litre fuel tank that extends your range with up to 75 miles. ABS is offered as standard equipment, as well as a reinforced rear subframe and a new bench seat. Among the comfort amenities you’ll find wider enduro-style footrests, a bigger windscreen and an adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever.
The options list includes traction control and Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA).
The motorcycle is powered by a water-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line, two-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication.
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The 2012 model Husqvarna TE250 is fitted with a single cylinder, twin cam, 4 valve titanium engine. The engine weighs only 22 kg which makes it the lightest unit in its class. Among the most important features offered by the engine we note the Mikuni fuel injection that feeds the cylinder head through a 42 mm throttle body, double mapping and the electric starting backed up by the classic kickstarter.
The 2012 model comes with a completely redesigned exhaust system, which further improves the engine’s performance.
Power is sent to the rear wheel through a 6 speed gearbox which is paired with a hydraulically controlled clutch.
The 2013 Husqvarna TE250 rides on 48 mm forks and a new rear Kayaba monoshock which is externally adjustable for low/high speeds in compression and rebound. The setting of the fork has been completely redesigned to match the new shock, with new springs and internal settings.
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In its 108 years of history Husqvarna proved us countless times that is able to construct strong motorcycles that have the potential to win races and to receive many prizes. Husqvarna won its first world championship in the class up to 250 cc in 1959, collecting the same title in the 500 cc category just two years later. Ongoing success in racing made Husqvarna a sought-after brand with increasing sales figures not just in Europe but also in the USA.
Since then, the company’s success skyrocked and today sits proud among the most appreciated brands of its type.
The 2012 WR250 is one the newest Husqvarna bikes powered by a 250 cc engine. The motorcycle benefits from the same styling updates common to the 2012 range: chassis painted black, anodised silver Excel hubs and redesigned graphics. There aren’t any significant technical upgrades worthy of being noted.
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There is hardly any other motorcycle brand able to boast a 108-year tradition of motorcycle production and racing like that of Husqvarna. The first Husqvarna motorcycles were built in 1903, with victory coming just 13 years later in 1916 at one of best known enduro races of the time, the Novemberkåsan. This laid the foundation for a success story which remains unparalleled to this day.
While the thirties also saw victories in road racing, too, it was after the Second World War that Husqvarna achieved a major breakthrough in off-road racing. In the early fifties, the company not only focussed on developing and manufacturing innovative, competitive and reliable motorcycles but also made a clear commitment to its involvement in the areas of motocross and enduro racing. Husqvarna won its first world championship in the class up to 250 cc in 1959, collecting the same title in the 500 cc category just two years later.
Ongoing success in racing made Husqvarna a sought-after brand with increasing sales figures not just in Europe but also in the USA. The enormous popularity of Husqvarna was enhanced by famous riders such as Mikkola, Aberg and Hallman, but there was one outstanding celebrity fan: American actor Steve McQueen. McQueen was not just an enthusiastic motorcyclist and motor racing fan, he also achieved success himself on the race track on both two and four wheels. Among other things he entered the Six Days in 1964. The title photo of the US magazine "Sports Illustrated" dated August 23rd 1971 showing a bare-topped Steve McQueen doing a jump on a Husqvarna 400 Motocross remains legendary to this day. The McQueen-Husqvarna combination eventually became the idol of a whole generation of off-road fans.
The 2012 WR300 is the largest engine capacity 2-stroke model in the Husqvarna range. Despite its strong nature, the engine rewards you with a linear power delivery which makes it easy to ride on any road conditions.
The engine is based on the crankcase of the WR250, which houses a larger bore cylinder (72 mm, giving an engine capacity of 293.1 cc). Perhaps it goes without saying that all components are top of the range including Ducati Energy digital ignition, Mikuni TMX38 carburettor and V-Force reed valve.
The engine is paired with a similarly capable five speed gearbox which offers smooth shifts and is pretty efficient.
The front suspension consists of a Kayaba 48mm open-cartridge fork with fully-adjustable compression and rebound damping, while out back, there is a Sachs single shock with remote reservoir, adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping.
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BMW Motorrad has just revealed the new G 650 GS, a new single-cylinder enduro that adds a cheeky, light, and adventurous figure. The G650 GS is powered by a 652 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with a double overhead camshafts engine that develops 48 HP at 6500 rpm and 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. BMW is also offering a detuned version that develops only 34 HP at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm at 4500 rpm.
The body of the new G 650 GS was completely redesigned. The front section, in particular, makes the single-cylinder enduro light, sporty, and dynamic. The asymmetrical headlamp and the self steering front wheel cover give the G 650 GS its look of absolute independence.
A clear design of lines, the targeted use of colored areas and all black plastic parts uphold the visual impression of a robust enduro outfit. The overall impression of sportiness is boosted further by the engine, exhaust covers, frame, swinging arm, and slide tubes, which are all black, contrasting with the plain colors of aura white and orange-red as well as the matching two-tone seats.
Press release after the jump.