Introduced in 2016, the BMW R nineT Scrambler combines the 1170cc, 110-bhp air/oil-cooled boxer engine from the previous version of the R1200GS adventure bike with a 19-inch front wheel, higher suspension, high-mount exhaust, and all the style and character of the ever-popular R nineT Roadster.
Historically, a scrambler is a street bike converted to handle light dirt duty — though styling is sometimes placed over real-world function on production scramblers. But the moto boffins at Motor Cycle News would encourage you to see the nineT one in a different light:
“Don’t think of the BMW R nineT Scrambler as a fashion bike, think of it as a great looking lightweight version of the GS that is pleasingly lacking in the fussy electronics that the latest water-cooled model is so adorned with but still delivering a comfortable riding stance and decent tank range.”
Well, that certainly sounds great to us — especially as the latest crop of adventure bikes grow ever more expensive, complex, and computerized.
Recently, we heard from the fine folks at France’s FCR Original about a new build they’ve just unveiled — the BMW Nine T Gravel. If your two-wheeled adventures extend to pedal bikes, then you’ve surely seen the rise of gravel bikes in recent years — it’s the fastest-growing segment in the cycling industry, with sales jumping 109% from 2019 to 2021:
“Many riders are discovering that a gravel bike is their ideal all-rounder. With more rugged tyres, they make for robust commuter bikes, and when you need to gather many miles of mindful riding, the true sense of healthy escapism often starts where the tarmac ends.” —Cycling News
This R nineT Gravel build offers much of the same freedom — with a bit more custom style than a run-of-the-mill Scrambler:
“Imagine an unrestricted riding experience, a motorcycle that allows you to break free from codes for unlimited use between road and dirt. This is the promise of the BMW Nine T Gravel.”
Below, we heard from FCR Original about the build, including a full spec sheet.
BMW R Nine T Gravel: In the Builder’s Words…
This scrambler-inspired bike is a condensed adventure that just needs to be expressed to free you from the paved roads. For this preparation, our workshop chose a BMW R Nine T Scrambler, known for its balance and flexibility. Behind its indomitable style, it will offer you versatility and assurance, allowing you to explore all the roads.
The Nine T Gravel has a rugged and aggressive look that is enhanced by its cross-spoke wheels and knobby tires. Our workshop wanted to play on the contrast by proposing an army-inspired paint, married to an elegant diamond pattern leather saddle.
The exhaust system designed and manufactured in our workshop gives this motorcycle a sound that is both husky and powerful. A minimalist exhaust system with black thermal stripes to reinforce its adventurous side.
Its tires will offer you many possibilities between forest track, dirt road and road, imposing no limit to your freedom.
“Less is more.” As always at FCR Original, we have worked with an eye for minimalism: removal of the air box, re-cut mudguards and shortened rear loop for more refined lines.
Explore without limits without ever changing your bike with the BMW Nine T Gravel.
» FCR Original custom rear buckle with integrated tail light and turn signals
» FCR Original rear footrest
» Front footrest SW Motech and black plate
» FCR Original black side plate holder
» FCR Original black battery tray
» Fork tube in black DLC treatment
» Matte black front fender arch
» Original rims
» Black fork crowns and bridges
» TKC80 tires Rear axle:
» Shock absorber spring in glossy black
» Black FCR Original ceramic exhaust system with black heat strips
» Black K&N air filters
» Black BMW V2 rocker covers
» Front turn signals Motodadget handlebar end
» Bates round headlight
» Black handlebars
» Brembo master cylinder
» Motogadget M.view street mirrors
» Satin tank paint made in our workshop
» Smoked BMW emblems
» Satin front mudguard paint done in our workshop
» Headlight painting Bates satin made in our workshops
» Black satin under tank cover
» Black satin meter paint made in our workshops
» Satin black tank cap paint
» Brown custom saddle with diamond stitching
» Black radiator grill FCR Original
» Black engine cover FCR Original
» FCR Original black front turn signal covers
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