BMW updated its base-model 2022 BMW R nineT Scrambler with several changes. The upgraded engine complies with EU-5 emissions regulations, and the electronics package offers extra riding and safety features right out of the box. To round up the upgrades for the R nineT variant, new suspension parts also increase comfort.
2022 BMW R nineT Scrambler – Features and Price
With little in the way of the unnecessary to hold it down, the base-model R nineT is the exact definition of the phrase “essential.” Although it is technically a roadster, the athletic silhouette, relatively relaxed rider’s triangle, and vintage engine design remind one of the typical cruiser models from the 1970s.
As there are no body cages on this model, not much is left to the imagination. The slim front fender serves a dual purpose by directing wind and road filth away from the sweeping inner-tube region of the inverted front forks and creating a custom connection to match with the laced blacked wheels. The circular form and blackout casing of a cyclops headlamp establishes another traditional link, but the light itself is pretty contemporary. It has LED projectors for good, two-way visibility day or night, and its cornering-light function, which lights the curve ahead, improves cornering safety, particularly at night.
The LED technology extends to the “disappearing” turn signals, which tend to be relatively unnoticeable when unlit to visually decrease the hang-on gear due to the blackout treatment and surrounding black components. The turn/tail/tag lights are completed with LEDs in the condensed tail section and rear mudguard. Flip-up footpegs and a tiny p-pad are included with the original saddle to complete the pillion gear, but if you ride alone, you can remove the rear subframe area and replace it with a café-style tail fairing.
The R nineT’s lack of body panels makes the tubular frame exposed and visible to the outside world, but it’s not immediately clear how it’s all put together. The engine serves as a stressed element to finish the construction and provide the ultimate stiffness, which is then completed by a single front frame section and a three-part back frame.
The front end is floated by inverted, 46 mm forks with adjustable preload and damping values. In contrast, the rear is sailed by a central spring strut with a handwheel-adjustable preload, rebound-damping adjuster, and travel-dependent damping function. The 4.7 inches of travel provided by the components at both ends should be adequate for biking in populated areas. Although you can forget about dragging a knee around a turn, the steering head produces a 26.8-degree rake angle with 4.3 inches of the trail to make it quite eager in the corners. That sort of bike just isn’t this one.
Laced wheels offer another vintage touch, and a 120/70 Z-rated tire is placed in front of a 180/55. With a pair of 320 mm discs, four Brembo anchor pistons, and a twin-piston caliper in front of a 265 mm disc, the brakes are pretty capable. For double-layer protection against loss of traction due to overbaking, BMW adds its ABS Pro and Dynamic Brake Control features from the optional equipment list to the standard package. The DBC uses throttle modulation, thus being two different systems that operate apart from one another to aid in safely braking to their maximum capacity.
The R nineT’s boxer-twin lump has a traditional appearance that blends well with the rest of the construction. The opposed-twin arrangement and massive central case traditionally distinguished Beemer’s distinctive engine form are still present. Still, this year’s redesigns of the heads, valve covers, and throttle bodies gave the aesthetics a slight boost.
The mill, which is very oversquare, has a relatively hot 12-to-1 compression ratio and a total displacement of 1,170 ccs. It will always force you to the more expensive pump. If you think that’s one pony less than last year, you’d be correct, but this loss is the price to make the MY21 engine comply with the EU-5 pollution rules. Power output is reported to be 109 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 85.5 pound-feet of torque at an even six grand. Additionally, the catalyst in the exhaust also helps to produce cleaner emissions.
It is essentially an air-cooled engine with newly engineered cooling fins to handle some of the waste heat. Still, it also has an oil-cooler that takes the remainder for twofold thermal protection overall and specific protection for the engine’s vital components. The poppets in the modified four-valve heads with a 39 mm intake valve diameter and a 33 mm exhaust valve diameter are operated by two overhead cams. The six-speed gearbox, which has a shaft-type final drive and a drive ratio that produces a peak speed controlled at 125 mph, is connected to the engine by a hydraulically-actuated clutch.
Regarding the new electronics package, it includes traction control (ASC) together with two Ride Modes with variable power delivery as standard equipment and also provides the Ride Modes PRO.
2022 BMW R nineT Scrambler – Price
The starting MSRP for the R nineT basic model for 2022 is USD 15,945. It is available in Black Storm Metallic with three different Option 719 options, including Night Black Matte/Aluminum Matte, Mineral White Metallic/Sunset Yellow, and Aluminum.
2022 BMW R nineT vs Triumph Bonneville T100 and T100 Black
The parallels are immediately apparent. Both motorcycles are constructed as “Standard” street bikes with laced wheels, an open rider’s triangle, and a lot of blackout paint. The Bonnie has a strong history and is comparable to the Beemer in terms of its influence on the general riding culture and the custom culture.
The Trumpet struggles with its brakes, having only a single front disc and no cornering ABS capability. As the only suspension adjustment available, the mandatory spring-preload out back, Triumph continues to batter the stems.
The parallel-twin Bonnie engine is designed for a 900 cc displacement, which is just a hair less than the Boxer-twin Beemer engine but results in a loss of power. The BMW has 109/85 horsepower, whereas the Audi only has 64 horses and 59 pound-feet of torque. Traction control and a slipper clutch are added to the Brit, but they fall short of the fanfare the R nineT offers.
Although many people would consider the superior electronics and higher performance of the BMW to be worth the more money for the Beemer, Triumph’s price alone might be enough to attract some customers. As a more straightforward machine, it costs $10,450 compared to the BMW’s $16,450 sticker price.
2022 BMW R nineT Scrambler – Technical Specifications
Engine & Drivetrain:
|Engine||Air/oil-cooled two-cylinder, four-stroke boxer engine with two camshafts and four radially-arranged valves per cylinder as well as a central counterbalance shaft|
|Bore x Stroke||101 mm x 73 mm|
|Rated output||109 hp @ 7,250 rpm|
|Max. torque||85.5 lb-ft. @ 6,000 rpm|
|Compression ratio||12.0: 1|
|Mixture control||Electronic port fuel injection|
|Emission Control||The closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-5|
|Clutch||Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated|
|Gearbox||Claw-shifted six-speed transmission with helical-cut splines|
|Frame||Four-part frame concept with front frame and three-part rear frame, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit, rear-seat frame removable for one-up riding|
|Front-wheel/Travel||Upside-down telescopic forks, 46 mm fixed-fork-tube diameter/ 4.7″|
|Rear wheel/Travel||Cast aluminum single swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; central spring strut, spring preload fully adjustable by handwheel, adjustable rebound-stage damping/ 4.7.”|
|Steering head angle||63.2°|
|Rim, front||3.50 x 17″|
|Rim, rear||5.50 x 17″|
|Tire, front||120/70 ZR17|
|Tire, rear||180/55 ZR 17|
|Brake, front||Twin-disc brakes, diameter 12.6″, 4-piston calipers|
|Brake, rear||Single disc brake, diameter 10.4″, double-piston floating caliper|
|ABS||BMW Motorrad ABS Pro|
Dimensions & Capacities
|Height (incl. Mirrors)||48.8”|
|Width (incl. hand levers)||34.8”|
|Inner leg curve||70.3”|
|Usable tank volume||4.5 gal. With app. 0.8 gal reserve|
|Fuel type||Unleaded super(premium)|
|Curb weight||487 lbs.|
|Permitted total weight||948 lbs.|
|Payload (with standard equipment)||460 lbs.|
|Maximum speed||over 124 mph|
|Alternator||Three-phase alternator with 720 Watt nominal power|
|Battery||12 V / 12 Ah, maintenance-free|
|Standard equipment||LED headlight and turn signals, Dual speed indicator and rational-speed sensor instrument with on-board computer content, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Ride Modes: Rain & Road, Drivetrain and final drive black, Upside down front fork fully adjustable (spring preload, compression stage rebound)|
|Optional equipment||Ride Modes PRO (incl. Ride Mode: Dynamic), Cruise control, and heated grips
Aluminum Fuel Tank, Paint sets, Option 719 wheel Classic / Sport, Option 719 billet packages I & II
|Optional accessories||Tail short, Tail Tracker, Function integrated turning signals; Cylinder head covers 2V-Style|
|Colors||Black Storm Metallic, Opt 719 Night Black Matte/Aluminum Matte, Opt 719 Mineral White Metallic/Sunset Yellow, Opt 719 Aluminum|