Scrambling for success
BMW R Nine T Scrambler, Ducati Scrambler Flat Tracker and Triumph Scrambler
There’s a new breed of motorcycle in town, and it has been confusing some South African bikers. The breed in question has a lengthy history in Europe, and after many years in the doldrums it is making a strong return to the spotlight, but in a much more up-market way.
Joining the latest version of Triumph’s Street Scrambler was Ducati’s Scrambler Flat Tracker and BMW’s Scrambler version of its R Nine T. These three bikes use twin-cylinder engines that lend the bikes some aural drama and provide easily accessible performance.
There’s ABS on all the bikes, and further options like traction control can be specified on certain models. But these bikes aren’t about all the latest electronic gizmos, they’re about a more simple and pure motorcycling experience.
At R179 000 the BMW is the most expensive, but then it has the largest array of gadgets and far and away the most performance. The Ducati is usually the most affordable with this Flat Tracker version now on the floor at R119 000.