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Created to mark “90 Years of BMW Motorrad,” the new machine is called the BMW R nineT.
It blends the boxer engine’s character and design traits of bygone motorcycle eras with cutting-edge technology and a modular concept that offers a range of customization opportunities.
The roadster bike is built for motorcycle enthusiasts who, BMW states, “yearn for unadulterated, stress-free riding pleasure.”
When designing the nineT, terms such as “purist simplicity”, “emotion” and “authentic, traditional materials” were high on the list of BMW’s priorities. Styling cues from old-school motorcycle production are united with the very latest drive and chassis components on the nineT to produce a sensational motorcycle that is just as adept at cruising serenely as it is powering down country roads.
Powered by a classic boxer engine
Like BMW’s first-ever motorcycle – the legendary 1923 BMW R 32 – the new BMW R nineT is powered by a classic flat twin boxer engine which delivers quick acceleration from a standstill. This construction principle has been synonymous with unmistakable design, abundant torque delivery and inimitable acoustics for 90 years. The nineT employs the 1,170 cc air/oil-cooled boxer unit which produces 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,550 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.
Conceived for maximum customization
During each stage of the roadster’s development, focus was placed on enabling riders to tailor it to their personal preferences in a variety of ways. The choice of modifications ranges from BMW Motorrad genuine accessories to custom-made add-on or accessory parts from specialist customizers.
The ability to customize the nineT is largely due to its special frame concept. The tubular steel spaceframe that was specially developed for the nineT incorporates the boxer engine as a load-bearing element. The frame’s basic construction consists of a front frame section with integral steering head and a rear section with swingarm mounting.
The removable pillion frame allows the nineT to offer a stylish design whether riding two up or solo. With the aluminum tail cover available as a special accessory, the nineT has a look that is reminiscent of early café racers.
Exhaust positioned on left with twin silencers (mufflers) and customization options
The exhaust system that runs down the left-hand side with two silencers (mufflers) placed one above the other is fully in keeping with the concept of a classic sporty roadster. There is room for customization here too, courtesy of the BMW Motorrad accessory range. Adding a real touch of technical finesse to the nineT, for instance, is the Akrapović unit made of titanium. By installing a short or long connecting pipe, the silencer can be mounted in either a lowered or a raised position, radically altering the appearance and character of the nineT.
Traditional chassis design combined with high-performance technology
The telelever usually equipped on the boxer models from BMW Motorrad has been replaced on the BMW R nineT by an upside-down telescopic fork borrowed from the S1000RR superbike, resulting in a classic look paired with top-tier engineering. The rear suspension employs the paralever single-sided swingarm in conjunction with a central spring strut.
The housing for the rear axle drive includes three mounting points that can be used to attach a bracket for positioning the license plate and brake/tail light unit on one side. The swingarm on the nineT is designed in such a way that a 17-inch wheel with a width of 6 inches can be substituted for the standard 5.5-inch-wide version, if permitted.
Designed as an out-and-out roadster, the nineT follows in the tire tracks of role models from the past by featuring wire-spoke wheels with black anodized alloy, non-flanged rims, black aluminum hubs and stainless steel spokes. Radial 4-piston monoblock brake callipers work in unison with floating 320 millimeter (12.6 inch) brake discs and BMW Motorrad ABS to provide definitive stopping power.
Pared-down design and hand-built character
One of the overriding design objectives was to reduce the bodywork as much as possible to achieve a purist look. The attention to detail that consistently infused the work of the designers and engineers on the nineT is evident throughout.
The sides of the 18-liter (4.8 gallon) aluminum tank have been brushed by hand and then coated. The aluminum plate with embossed nineT lettering on the right above the air intake duct is another example of the bike’s hand-built character.
The surfaces of many forged aluminum parts, including the yokes and the handlebar clamp bracket with BMW Motorrad lettering, have been glass bead-blasted and then given a natural anodized finish.
A classic Black Storm Metallic paint finish with contrasting silver and metallic highlights was chosen to complement the character of the nineT.
Specially designed electrical system to allow plenty of scope for customization
The bike’s electrical system has been specially configured for greater technical flexibility, facilitating the installation of alternative electrical components, such as headlights or turn indicators.
Highlights of the new BMW R nineT:
- Hand-built feel to the workmanship.
- Air/oil-cooled twin-cylinder boxer engine with a displacement of 1,170 cc.
Ideally suited to customization.
- Modular frame concept with removable pillion frame and frame end-piece.
- Classic wheel suspension concept using high-quality upside-down telescopic fork at the front and paralever at the rear.
- Exhaust system with two silencers (mufflers) on the left-hand side, with variation options.
- Traditional wire-spoke wheels with black rims and hubs.
- Radial 4-piston monoblock brake callipers, steel-braided brake lines and floating 320 mm (12.6 inch) brake discs.
- Model plate riveted onto steering head in classic BMW Motorrad style.
- Personalized range of special accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards of quality.
To mark the company’s 90th anniversary, BMW Motorrad is presenting the BMW R nineT as a commemorative model for enthusiasts and customers alike. The nineT embodies the brand values of 90 years of BMW Motorrad and neatly sums up the company’s illustrious past with a unique concept, pure riding pleasure, a classic pure design, and a deliberate focus on the technical essentials. This is a classic roadster model exuding style and expressiveness -- the perfect choice for anyone looking for a pure, unadulterated bike with thrilling on-road performance.
Ideally suited for customization
Customization allows motorcycles to be tailored to the owner’s personal preferences. Possible enhancements range from the usual, original accessories to limited individual components or even one-off designs.
For the first time, customers can become actively involved in designing their BMW, a process which entails far more than simply adding optional extras or special accessories, as is usually the case. Taking the existing central components of engine and chassis as a basis, the nineT rider has a wealth of options for individually customizing it as they please.
Twin-pipe exhaust on left-hand side for inimitable boxer sound
The exhaust system that runs down the left-hand side, with two silencers (mufflers) in blasted stainless steel positioned one above the other, fits perfectly with the notion of a classically designed, sporty roadster. Indeed, it is a design that has been used in similar form in the past, for example on sport and racing bikes in the ’60s and ’70s. The R nineT also features an acoustic valve operated by an electric servomotor and opening and closing cables to deliver the deep resonant boxer sound that riders favor while remaining within legal sound limits.
The BMW Motorrad accessory range for the nineT offers customers various options for the exhaust system that allow the nineT to be adapted to personal tastes. Installing the Akrapović silencer/muffler in titanium with carbon heat shields, for instance, adds a special touch of technical finesse. There is also the option of lowering or raising the exhaust system by installing a short or long connecting pipe to the front silencer/muffler, opening up even greater possibilities for the bike’s styling and giving it more of a café racer or scrambler feel.
The nineT features a specially designed frame concept that also permits customization. The previous frame design has been replaced by a completely, newly developed tubular steel spaceframe on the R nineT, with a modular construction consisting of four components: a front main frame, a rear main frame, a frame end-piece as well as a pillion frame, which are all bolted to one another.
With its removable frame end-piece and pillion frame, the R nineT offers customers plenty of possibilities for varying the visual appearance and character of the sporty roadster model to suit their preferences.
From a roadster for two to a racer for one
The BMW R nineT leaves the factory in the form of a classic, sporty roadster that can carry two people. Despite the low rider’s seat height (approx. 30.9 inches) and narrow straddle width, both rider and pillion passenger can be seated comfortably. The optional comfort rear seat provides both a larger seat area and extra cushioning for the passenger.
Traditional wire-spoke wheels and high-performance brakes
In traditional roadster fashion, the new nineT rides on high-quality wire-spoke wheels comprising black anodized alloy non-flanged rims, cast aluminum hubs, stainless steel spokes as well as tubed tires, size 120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 180/55 ZR 17 at the rear.
The 17-inch wheels and the tire sizes represent the state of the art for sporty motorcycles designed for performance riding, while the stainless steel wire spokes and the black hubs and rims evoke the trademark styling cues and flair of bygone eras from 90 years of BMW Motorrad.
The nineT’s classic round headlamp – the central focus of the front silhouette – projects a sense of maturity and poise. A powerful high-tech contrast is provided by the gold-anodized outer tubes in the upside-down forks, while the classic shape of the boxer engine helps to create lean overall lines.
The instrument cluster, comprising two classic round speedometer and tachometer gauges, is smoothly and harmoniously integrated into the overall front-end design. The simple styling of these gauges reflects the classic inspiration behind the nineT’s engineering, but at the same time incorporates the convenience and amenities of modern technology. For example, the nineT comes equipped with an onboard computer that shows key information – such as time of day, engaged gear, remaining range, trip mileage, servicing interval and average speed and fuel consumption – very clearly in a large, segmented display.
The 4.8-gallon aluminum tank and the aluminum plate with embossed nineT lettering over the air intake on the right-hand side are eye-catching elements. The nineT’s high standards of manufacturing quality are reflected in the meticulously hand-brushed and coated tank sides which accentuate the grain of the aluminum to full effect. The knee area can be further customized with optional classic-style rubber kneepads. Like the brushed aluminum tank surfaces, the air intake cover is naturally anodized and its finely brushed, high-tech surface neatly round out the styling in this area. The separate comfort rear seat cover is also made of aluminum, with a similar surface finish.
Classic yet modern color scheme
The new BMWR nineT is available in only one color scheme. Matching the character of the bike, this is based on classic black (Black Storm Metallic), with silver and metallic contrasts.
The classic, pared down elegance of the nineT is supported by black anodized components such as the frame and engine block. These contrasts and a high-tech look and feel are provided by the gold-anodized fork tubes and numerous aluminum surfaces with various grains. In the drivetrain area, the paralever swingarm and magnesium valve covers are accentuated in Granite Grey Metallic Matt.
The main body of the two-tone fuel tank of the nineT is finished in Black Storm Metallic, while its sides are meticulously brushed and coated in aluminum.
- Tank Bag with attachment system.
- Rear bag with attachment system.
- Kneepads for tank sides.
- Aluminum tail cover with padded backrest.
- Custom rider’s seat with R nineT logo.
- Comfort rear seat.
- HP Carbon cover for engine block.
- HP Carbon front fender.
- Titanium Akrapović exhaust system.
- Connector pipe, long, with bracket and cover for Akrapović silencer/muffler,
- Connector pipe, short, for Akrapović silencer/muffler, low-mounted.
- Mount for standard Akrapović silencer or accessory rear silencer/muffler
(low-mounted), if pillion seat removed.
- Anti-theft alarm system.
- Heated grips.
- LED turn signals.
- Mounting cradle for BMW Navigator, with connection to electrical system.