The BMW R nineT Scrambler Rumored to Be Restyled to Chew into Ducati's Sales

BMW R 1200 BAJA 1 photo
Photo: Oberdan Bezzi
The new R nineT Scrambler project is currently the best-kept secret at BMW Motorrad. However certain people claim they actually saw the upcoming Scrambler and it is real. Moreover, BMW is said to be already deep into testing the bike in a secured, closed facility, preventing any peering from overly curious eyes.
However, the most interesting aspect of the recent rumors is that BMW is apparently restyling the R nineT so that it will try to steal Ducati Scrambler customers. Unfortunately, no spy shot of the R nineT Scrambler surfaced yet, so we're taking all this with a grain of salt.

Sense-driven restyling with Roland Sands involvement

If anything, such a move makes a lot of sense, and the BMW Scrambler could be a very interesting alternative to the Ducati one. For starters, it would be a neat machine that can confidently do off-road but at a fraction of the cost and bulk of the R1200GS. And a lot of people would like this, too.

Having Roland Sands/RSD involved in the project is a sure track to great-looking machinery. RSD has already been quite busy building the anniversary R nineT and already has a lot of experience with the bike. This means that the solutions he chooses will look like a natural extension of the platform, and this is also a good selling point.

Third on the list is the spike in the customers' preferences for retro-ish/neo-retro motorcycles. Modern classics are selling better than ever, and hopping into the bandwagon might prove a very lucrative idea.

Until BMW decides to let the R nineT come out and play, it's back to the drawing board and the waiting game. The Scrambler pictured above is yet another creation of Oberdan Bezzi, this time in a more Motorrad-racing livery and paying tribute to the grueling Baja 1000 race. Simplified and nimbler, this Baja Scrambler trim could be a best-seller among those who dream of BMW's racing glory of yore.
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