BMW engineers have been spied testing what appears to be off-road focussed versions of the brand’s R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S models.
Images published this week by overseas publication MCN show two R nineT test mules with beefy long-travel suspension, increased ground clearance via a new exhaust, and large wire-spoked wheels with Karoo 3 dual-sport tyres.
In production trim, these off-road R nineT models would be well positioned to compete with Triumph’s Scrambler 1200, which does not currently have a natural rival.
The prototypes seen in testing appear to feature wider bars than the current bike, as well as a unique seat, larger footpegs and a high-mounted plastic front guard.
It is likely that the new off-road R nineT bikes would utilise the same 1107cc boxer engine as the current flock, though it may feature a unique tune to better suit an off-road environment.
For reference, the 2021 BMW R nineT range is available in four variants, all of which generate 80kW and 116Nm from an identical horizontally opposed motor.
This may put BMW at an advantage over Triumph’s Scrambler 1200 offering, which uses a 1200cc parallel twin motor generating 66kW and 110Nm, however the Triumph arguably boasts a stronger electronics suite than what is found on the current R nineT.
The Triumph Scrambler 1200 is priced from $22,890 rideaway in base trim, and is distinguished by off-road focussed kit like long-travel suspension, a long swingarm, large wire-spoked wheels and an upswept exhaust, among a variety of changes compared to the standard Bonneville range.
Notably, the Scrambler 1200 comes with a TFT display and comprehensive rider modes as standard, and so INFO MOTO anticipates the next generation R nineT to match, if not improve on, the Triumph’s level of electronics.
The full-time 2021 BMW R nineT range includes four variants, with the entry-level Pure available from $22,034 rideaway, followed by the Scrambler ($22,175) and range-topping R nineT ($26,398).
BMW will soon release its 2022 Urban G/S, however, it has yet to announce pricing.
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