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BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« on: January 19, 2019, 03:15:16 pm »
I am looking for WD advice,
For some strange reason I feel a slight stiring in my loins when I see a BMW R9T, and especially the scrambler version.
I am think this may be a fun runaround old skool style/new style tech bike and maybe also for 2 up for short coffee trips on Sunday mornings.

There seem to be a few newish 2nd hand models for sale

Does anyone have any learned advice before I dive in headfirst

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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 03:37:27 pm »
They are fantastic little bikes and loads of fun to ride. Also look at the GS Urban version which is the pick of the bunch in my opinion
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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 04:23:06 pm »
They are fantastic little bikes and loads of fun to ride. Also look at the GS Urban version which is the pick of the bunch in my opinion


Can't help but grin at that description. Litre class but, "fantastic 'little' bikes."

But I know what you mean. Nice all rounder that doesn't fall into any specialist category.
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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 04:34:47 pm »
Some pics I posted on a BMW R9 T scrambler at yacht club. Beautifull bike

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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 07:32:58 pm »
You answered your own question in the first paragraph...the stirring in loins bit

Release your inner hipster and just go out and buy the blerrie thing...its a thing of beauty


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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 07:38:32 pm »
I friend of mine have the older version 2015 I think which I believe has the better suspension. Maybe ride all of them and see which one do you like best. Personally I love the look of them.
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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2019, 10:04:07 pm »


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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2019, 10:46:56 am »


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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2019, 12:01:24 pm »
Or TKC 80s
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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2019, 02:19:44 pm »
Here's the weird thing about these bikes... I rode the R9T when it was launched, had it for a day.. loved it.. after deliberating with myself for a couple of months I decided to wait for the scrambler version of the bike as it would be more off-road orientated...
took delivery of the scrambler and in first 50km, it felt like it had no suspension at all. Hard as rocks, eventually let the tyres down to 1.5bar to make it more comfy.. had a 300km trip home to do..all on tar  ::)
In all honesty I would buy the one with best suspension, the engines are the same, if not tuned slightly different and perhaps diff gearing. Not sure. Seating and riding position on the scrambler suits me just fine, as I enjoy the more upright style of riding.
Ride them all if you can and pick the one that feels the best, wish I had done that... off road, the scrambler is potentially the most uncomfortable bike I have ever ridden, or maybe I am just soft. Granted I have not spent time fiddling with the preloads etc.

Co incidentally, I bought a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled last year, that suspension is absolutely incredible, it is plush and solid when you need, without sacrificing anything on the tar, great bike in my opinion...

Good luck choosing your loin tamer... :ricky:
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2019, 12:05:33 pm »
The Sled is much better plaything  :thumleft:

 

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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2019, 09:27:15 pm »
Or TKC 80s
@Ghato s GS Urban






Dang, that is super kool man...  :drif:



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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2019, 09:48:48 pm »
Or TKC 80s
@Ghato s GS Urban






Dang, that is super kool man...  :drif:





I drove both.......I'm a BIG Ducati fan! I'm on my 3rd Ducati Multistrada. I was ready to buy the Ducati Scrambler before I took the R9T for a spin!
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2019, 10:44:29 pm »
R9T in HPN colours  :drif: :drif: :drif:
 

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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2019, 01:16:43 am »
Maybe have a look at the 1200 Triumph XE as well - just saying  :3some:
 

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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2019, 07:04:03 am »
I bought the R9T Urban GS in October.  ;D
I have been lusting after one since they came out...  :drif:

I have only done under 600kms on it so it is still a fresh experience
and it would be unfair to the bike to critique too much at this stage.
I admit I find the suspension a little firm and harsh so far.
I have fitted 20mm bar raisers already which greatly improved the riding position to my taste.
I LOVE the sound of the OEM pipe on the freeway !  :thumleft:

This is going to be my Sunday outing bike so off-road handing is not critical to me.
I do find the limited lock-to-lock on the steering a limitation when parking it.
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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2019, 07:55:40 am »
Thank you to all for the valuable input - this is the type of info I have been looking for.
I am looking for purely a Sunday bike - ok maybe a few extra week days as well........ mabve some light commuting, but I must be able to kinda comfortably take my goose on a 60-100km ride without loosing half my stuff by the time we get home.  BMW said the bike is pillion capable but not pillion friendly.
I have my 690 for riding light technical stuff, so I am not looking for an off-road bike as such, but something that makes me smile at the looks and the ride.
I like the retro look of the R9T and the fact that that it is kinda new-ish tech.
And that I can touch the ground with both feet, which doesn't happen often.

I know that a GS would be way more comfortable 1up and 2up, but it is just too big for THIS type of riding,
That day will still come in the future..........

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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2019, 08:25:55 am »
What do they cost?
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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2019, 10:16:41 am »
Very nice coffee shop bike. Would not mind having space for one.
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Re: BMW R9T Scrambler - good idea or not..??
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2019, 10:39:54 am »
What do they cost?


They were on special a while ago for around R150k
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