In the early days, particularly in late 1920s Britain, riders enjoyed racing from check point to check point across the countryside. Rules were few and far between but, the general aim of the game was to get from one place to another in the fastest time, over whatever obstacle and terrain happened to be in the rider’s way.
Fields, hedges, hills, streams, woodland and a lot of rain – those primary ingredients of the British countryside – played a big part. However, since the motorcycles of the day weren’t particularly adept at churning up dirt and thrashing across unpaved roads, conventional road-focused motorcycles needed to be specially adapted to their new purpose.
And so, the earliest scrambler bikes were born.
Made as a limited series, the Scrambler is the first two-wheeled creation from ARES. Just like it used to happen, ARES has based its scrambler on the latest BMW R nineT, which boasts all the latest safety systems, such as ABS and traction control, along with vivid performance from its air-cooled, boxer twin cylinder engine. Just right in the rider’s sight, a new carbon fibre headlight cowling houses the modern speedometer with on-board computer. The indicators and rear light have been replaced with smaller retro-styled LED units, the switches on the handlebars are replaced with retro-styled items all in keep with this iconic period of motorcycle heritage.
All points of contact between the rider and the bike have been redesigned for an exhilarating riding experience with typically vintage sensations. For this reason, the seat has been replaced with a more traditional unit, while the handlebar has been swapped with a reprofiled, low slung unit which, again, helps keeping the retro style alive.
At the centre, even visually, of a motorcycle, lies its tank. ARES designers styled a new carbon-fibre tank and, in homage to the 1960s BMW motorbikes, completed the styling with finest leather knee pads and pinstripe detailing. Highest quality leathers have also been used to cover the handlebar grips and to create the classy tool bag, which can be removed and used as a true style accessory. Colours, leathers, finishes: everything can be customized to have a completely tailor-made Scrambler.
Base bike model year: 2017
Engine type: Two-cylinder boxer
Displacement [cc]: 1170
Power [hp]: >110
Torque [Nm]: >119
Suspension: Front upside-down telescopic fork, rear Ohlins adjustable
Brake: Beringer six-piston calliper
Rims: Kineo, front 19-inch, rear 18-inch
Tyres: Continental TCK 80
Maximum speed [km/h]: > 200
Huge efforts went in to converting the R nineT’s central rear spring strut suspension to a twin rear strut/damper set-up which reflects the retro style more closely. Of course, there has been a significant change to the rear swingarm, which has been completely redesigned to remain faithful to the vintage look. The original single-sided swingarm with single shock absorber has been replaced by a double arm unit with double shock absorber, hiding the original disc brake perfectly replicating the old drum brake.
_ Bespoke 2-in-2 sport cats and downpipes with two mufflers
_ Newly designed sport air intake
_ Electronic control unit tuned by ARES
_ New lithium lightened battery
_ New oversized braking system with ABS technology
_ Continental TCK 80 well-tried multi-use tires for both street and dirt with specific heavy-duty rims from Kineo