Scrambler trend at Frankfurt
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.
Only 33 of the Horex VR6 Silver Edition will be made.
BMW’s Concept Path 22, made to lug surfboards.