By Ryan Adams
Scramblers are one of my favorite genres of motorcycles these days. I’ve always been a fan of the retro off-road vibe these types of bikes are centered around. The original scramblers, of course, weren’t off-road machines at all, but rather small street bikes chopped down to the essentials for weight savings and altered for better off-road performance. In this most recent modern era of scramblers, we’ve gone through the same trends seeing “scrambler” styling with little intention of actual off-road use, and just like in the ‘60’s, we are now seeing manufacturers offering these machines with real off-road chops.
Us lucky motorcyclists riding in 2020 now have scramblers that do both: look good on the strip and function surprisingly well off-road. We say it all the time, “It’s a great time for motorcyclists,” and as we boil it down to categories, it’s a great time to be interested in a bike that can look and perform wherever you want it to. We put together a list of what we consider the best scramblers on the market. These bikes run the gamut of what modern scramblers have to offer. Let ‘er rip!
BMW R nineT Scrambler
If you haven’t had the chance to take a spin on BMW’s R nineT roadster, we’d highly recommend it. The R nineT’s air/oil-cooled 1170cc boxer-Twin is the star of the show with gobs of low-end grunt that makes the engine an absolute blast to fire out of tight hairpins in the canyons or simply light to light around town. The Scrambler submodel of BMW’s R nineT uses the same engine with additional scrambler styling and characteristics. From it’s brown seat and high-pipes to it’s raised handlebar and larger front wheel, the R nineT Scrambler looks every bit the part.