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BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S (2021+) Maintenance Schedule

2021 BMW R nineT Scrambler and BMW R nineT Urban G:S Edition 40 Years GS

This is the complete maintenance schedule for the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S, made from 2021 with throttle-by-wire and cruise control.

The R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S have a different maintenance schedule to the original 2017-2020 Urban G/S and Scrambler, and different parts, which is why we’re separating it out.

You may be searching for one of the following maintenance schedules from the BMW R nineT family:

Model family2014-20162017-20202021+
R nineT (Classic)2014-2016 BMW R nineT maintenance schedule2017-2020 BMW R nineT maintenance schedule2021+ BMW R nineT maintenance schedule
R nineT Puren/a2017-2020 BMW R nineT Pure maintenance schedule2021+ BMW R nineT Pure maintenance schedule
R nineT Urban G/S & Scramblern/a2017-2020 BMW R nineT Urban G/S and Scrambler maintenance schedule2021 BMW R nineT Urban G/S & Scrambler maintenance schedule
R nineT Racern/aWIPn/a
BMW R nineT maintenance schedules

The maintenance schedule for the R NineT Scrambler and Urban G/S is very similar to that of the 2021+ “Classic” R NineT. But there are a few small differences in parts.

The Scrambler and Urban G/S share a lot. Aside from the position of the exhaust pipe (higher on the Scrambler), the tyres they ship with, a few details like the front cowl and the colour schemes, everything else is the same — suspension, rider geometry, and of course, the engine (which is the same across the whole R nineT line).

All BMW R nineT motorcycles share the air-cooled 1170cc flat twin “boxer” engine with four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts, pushing about 81 kW (110 hp) of power at 7550 rpm, and 116 Nm (86 lb-ft) of torque at 6000 rpm to the rear wheel via a dry single-plate clutch and a shaft drive.

The engine hasn’t changed dramatically since the last gen, though some parts did (e.g. plugs, air filter).

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What you need to service the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S (2021+) — Consumables and Special Tools

For the 2021+ BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartBMW R nineT Scrambler/Urban G/S Spec
Engine oilPer the manual for all R nineT bikes, a maximum of 3.8 L (1 US gal) L of SAE 15W-50, API SJ/JASO MA2. Additives (for instance, molybdenum-based substances) are prohibited, because they would attack the coatings on engine components, BMW Motorrad recommends BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC 15W-50 oil.
Oil filterAll BMW R bikes use a BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 673 541. The best replacement is a Hiflofiltro HF164.
Spark plugsNGK MAR8AI-10DS This is what the manual suggests for 2021+ models. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8mm (get a gapping tool).
Air filterThe OEM filter part number is 13728406673 (for 2021+, different to earlier models).
Brake padsUse the standard brake pads by Brembo, which you can order from your dealer. Or use EBC double hardened brake pads to get the best out of your advanced braking system. Use two FA244HH for the front, and one FA363HH for the rear.
* Note — Pads are different across the R nineT line (R nineT Classic vs Pure, Racer, Scrambler, and Urban GS) — get the right ones.
Drive oilCalled “Rear axle differential oil” in the manual. BMW recommends “SAE 70W-80 / hypoid axle G3”, but many hypoid gear oils work, e.g. Mobil 1 75W-90.
Alternator beltSuper annoying when this breaks! The part number is 11 31 8 528 385. It’s easiest to pick this up from a dealer.
BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S consumables (2021+)

BMW R nineT Urban G/S and Scrambler Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the BMW R nineT Urban G/S and Scrambler as per the manual, but made more clear so that you can understand what needs to happen more easily.

The R nineT range, being air-cooled (though thoroughly modern), have surprisingly short maintenance intervals — quite similar to other air-cooled performance bikes. You have to service the valves every 6,000 miles or 10,000 kilometres.

The good news is that you can get to the valve heads very easily, as the cylinders are sticking out into the wind. And according to owners, adjustments aren’t that commonly necessary.

The Urban G/S and Scrambler’s maintenance schedules also don’t require you to change fork oil, as the forks are simpler than on the R nineT’s upside-down fully-adjustable forks.

Simplified, the maintenance for the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S involves:

  • A standard service every 12 months (irrespective of distance)
  • Oil change every 10,000 kms or 12 months, whichever is earlier,
  • Checking the valve clearances every 10,000 km/6,000 miles (with no time restriction)
  • A series of other periodic checks

Previous manuals used to require adjusting synchro every 10,000 km, but this has been omitted from recent manuals.

Note — the break-in check is omitted as it’s usually done by the dealer, but it involves an oil and a standard service and checking of all fluids and torques.

x 1000 km102030405060708090100
x 1000 mi6121824303642485460Every
Standard scope of BMW Motorrad service (see below)Year
Engine oil change, with filter (BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil, BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779)XXXXXXXXXXYear (a)
Oil change in the rear bevel gearsXXXXX2 years
Check valve clearanceXXXXXXXXXX
Change transmission oil (Mobil 1 75W-90)XXYear (c)
Replace spark plugs (NGK MAR8B-JDS)XXXXX
Replace air cleaner insert (BM-1204)XXXXX
Replace alternator belt (11 31 8 528 385)X(d)X(d)
Change brake fluid in entire system (b) (Castrol Dot 4)Year / 2 years (e)
BMW R nineT Urban G/S & Scrambler (2021+) maintenance schedule

Notes

  • (a) Annually or every 10,000 km/ 6,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • (b) Annually or every 20,000 km/ 12,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • (c) for the first time after one year, then every two years or 40,000 km/24,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • (d) every six years or every 40,000 km/24,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • (e) for the first time after one year, then every two years

BMW Motorrad Service, standard scope

The activities in the BMW Motorrad Service standard scope (that are to be done periodically according to the service schedule above) are listed below.

There might be additional work to be done on your 2021+ BMW R nineT Scrambler or Urban G/S in addition to the standard service — whatever you (or the mechanic) observe.

Note: Some of the below tests, including those that need the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system or re-setting the service due date, require BMW-specific equipment. These are marked with a [B].

[B] Perform vehicle test with BMW Motorrad diagnosis system
Visually inspect the clutch system (adjust free play and lubricate as necessary)
Check steering-head bearing
Visually inspect the brake lines, brake hoses and connections
Check front brake pads and brake discs for wear (replace pads with FA244HH if necessary)
Check front wheel brake fluid level
Check rear brake pads and brake disc for wear (replace pads with FA363HH if necessary)
Check rear wheel brake fluid level
Check tyre pressures and tread depth
Check side stand for ease of movement
Check tension of the spokes (if spoked wheels fitted) and adjust as needed
Check the lighting and signal equipment
Functional check for engine start suppression
Final inspection and road safety check
[B] Set the service-due date and service countdown distance (using the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system)
Check battery charging state
[B] Confirm BMW service in the vehicle literature
BMW Motorrad service for R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S (2021+) — Standard scope

BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S Tire size and pressures

The following are tire sizes and tyre pressures for the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S.

On the BMW R nineT Scrambler you can also opt for a low ride height option which changes the rim sizes.

The tyre sizes are as follows:

Wheel/TireTyre Size (Urban G/S, standard Scrambler)Tyre Size (Scrambler, Lowered)
Front120/70 R 19 (60)120/70 ZR 17
Rear170/60 R 17 (72)180/55 ZR 17
BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S tyre sizes

Recommended tyre pressures for the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S are 2.5 bar (36 psi) up front and 2.9 (42 psi) bar in the rear.

There are various wheel options for the bikes, including cast wheels, cross-spoked wheels, and standard spoked wheels (which can be lowered).

About the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S (2021+)

The BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S are two very similar bikes from the BMW R nineT line-up.

They’re both relaxed upright motorcycles powered by the air/oil-cooled engine from an earlier generation R 1200 range, last seen around 2014.

Like other motorcycles in the R nineT range, both the Urban G/S and Scrambler are based on the same 1170cc DOHC boxer twin. It’s an air/oil-cooled engine that’s quite powerful despite not having liquid cooling, making a peak of 81 kW (110 hp) at around 7,500 rpm.

The R nineT engine has a few peculiarities that make maintenance different from other motorcycles:

  • A dry single-plate clutch. This is like an automotive clutch — it’s between the engine and the drive shaft. (It’s NOT like a Ducati dry clutch, which is on the side, due to the engine driving a sprocket and chain system)
  • An alternator belt. You have to replace this periodically. If your charging system stops working, this is usually the culprit.
  • Changing transmission oil and rear bevel gear oil. Not that often, but make sure you do it.

The R nineT Urban G/S and Scrambler have a lot in common. They both have, compared to the R nineT (which is the top-of-the-range model)

  • A relaxed urban roadster riding position
  • Shallower rake
  • A conventional fork with gaiters and travel-dependent damping (though non-adjustable)
  • A rear shock that’s adjustable for preload and damping
  • A single gauge display
  • 19-inch front spoked wheel (with tubeless tyres) as standard

The differences between them are cosmetic — the Urban G/S has a lower pipe and also has a front owl.

They also come stock with different tyres, but you can opt for other tyre combos (and this matters less if you’re doing any maintenance, as you’ve done more than 6K miles/10K km, and so will have changed tyres at least once).

Riding both the Urban G/S and Scrambler is a similar experience. You still short-shift the big-bore boxer twin.

The experience of riding the big air-cooled engine is something like an athletic cruiser — it doesn’t rev too hard, but you don’t have to shift too early, and the upright position give you enough control (and just enough cornering clearance) to have a lot of fun.

However, don’t shift too enthusiastically… replacing the clutch of a big boxer isn’t fun and basically means splitting the bike in half.

Manual for the BMW 2021+ R nineT Urban G/S and Scrambler

Below are screenshots of the maintenance schedule from which the above was derived (there’s more information in the manual about what the numbers mean) for the BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S. As you can see, the maintenance schedules are the same.

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manuals for the 2021 BMW R nineT Scrambler and Urban G/S.

You can download them from BMW’s website directly here.

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