BMW’s contender in the Scrambler scrap has an appealing blend of retro looks, character and all-round performance. In a way, this dual-purpose boxer is a throwback version of the R1200GS, featuring less power, weather protection, electronic assistance and suspension travel than the modern adventure model. On the plus side, as well as offering a heritage look it gains by being simpler, lower and lighter than the current GS – and less expensive, too.
Like the Roadster, the Scrambler is designed to be easily customisable and incorporates a detachable rear subframe. Accessories include a headlamp grille, engine bash-plate and wire-spoked wheels, plus the test bike’s single seat. The kitted-out Scrambler X variant features wire wheels, heated grips and LED indicators, and can come with knobbly rubber at no extra cost. Just a few years after BMW’s air-cooled boxer line looked to be on the way out, the old format has delivered another entertaining, versatile bike with heaps of rugged charm.
Price tag of our bike: £11,626 (basic price of £10,450 plus accessories including single bench seat, aluminium bar ends, LED indicators, heated grips and ASC traction control)
Photography courtesy of Arnold Debus and Peter Musch