It's no R1200GS, but if you respect the bike's limitations, you can pick your way across some tricky terrain on the Scrambler. Like a 6-foot freshman trying out for the high-school basketball team, this BMW has some natural gifts going for it. While its weight and underdamped suspension demand a snail's pace, the BMW is easy to balance, and the engine will lug along just above idle with loads of tractable torque on demand. Whether the spoke wheels were chosen for appearance or purpose, they're more durable than cast hardware, and a 19-inch front rolls over uneven terrain nicely. As with all BMWs, traction control and ABS are easily disabled on the fly, allowing you to spin and slide the Scrambler at will. Just don't expect to do power wheelies or catch air—this bike is best ridden at a five-tenths pace.