Scram­bler trend at Frank­furt

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - SPIROS TSANTILAS — Giz­mag.

SCRAM­BLERS ac­count for a large share in the cus­tom craze that has been sweep­ing the mo­tor­cy­cling world dur­ing the last few years.

Tri­umph has met com­mer­cial suc­cess with its Bon­neville-based Scram­bler that’s been in pro­duc­tion since 2006, although it was Du­cati’s take on this theme that spurred world­wide recog­ni­tion and led to record prof­its for the Ital­ian com­pany.

Ru­mors have it that sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ers will an­nounce new scram­blers at up­com­ing mo­tor­cy­cles shows — Tri­umph is ex­pected to un­veil a new, larger ca­pac­ity liq­uid cooled Clas­sic se­ries that’ll prob­a­bly in­clude a new scram­bler, Suzuki is said to be work­ing on its own ren­di­tion based on the SFV 650, BMW is ru­mored to be plan­ning a scram­bler adap­ta­tion of the R nineT.

BMW mean­while showed its Con­cept Path 22 at the Mo­tor­cy­cles GmbH in Frank­furt last week, which may well be the fore­run­ner of a new scram­bler. De­signed by cus­tom builder Roland Sands, artist Or­na­men­tal Conifer and board maker Ma­son Dryer, the Con­cept Path 22 has a surf­board holder that can be easily re­moved when not needed,

Not quite scam­bler, but up there in naked de­sign is the Horex up­dated VR6 road­ster, which was an­nounced in late June. Pre­sented in a col­lectible Sil­ver Edi­tion, the Ger­man mo­tor­cy­cle with the patented six-cylin­der VR6 en­gine marks the re­turn of Horex af­ter be­ing saved from bank­ruptcy in early 2015.

The VR6 Sil­ver Edi­tion will be lim­ited to a pro­duc­tion run of 33. With three over­head camshafts and three valves per cylin­der, the en­gine pro­duces 125 kW and 138 Nm of torque. That would be 7,5 kW more than the pre­vi­ous model and a milder in­crease of three New­ton-me­tre in torque. Horex has not spec­i­fied how this ex­tra power has come about, nor at which rpm these fig­ures reach their max­i­mum val­ues.

Pric­ing has not been an­nounced, but the first bikes are ex­pected to roll out of pro­duc­tion this year. Horex has made sub­scrip­tion page on the of­fi­cial web­site and prom­ises to keep peo­ple in­formed on pro­ceed­ings.

PHOTO: HOREX

Only 33 of the Horex VR6 Sil­ver Edi­tion will be made.

PHOTO: BMW

BMW’s Con­cept Path 22, made to lug surf­boards.

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