Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BMW R nineT unveiled

Created to mark BMW Motorrad's 90th birthday, the R nineT gets retro roadster styling cues, a 110bhp boxer twin engine and modern suspension and brakes...

BMW really are taking their 90th birthday very, very seriously. After the Concept Ninety (a tribute to the 1970s R90S), which was unveiled back in May this year, BMW have now released details and first official pics of the R nineT, a minimalist, retro-style roadster that has been created to mark 90 years of BMW Motorrad.

The BMW R nineT is powered by an 1170cc air/oil-cooled boxer twin that produces 110 horsepower and 119Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a tubular steel chassis that used the boxer twin as a load-bearing element. In stock form, the bike can carry two people, though a removable rear subframe allows the nineT to be set up for just one solo rider. Those who can’t be bothered to remove the pillion section entirely still have the option of going in for an aluminium tail cover (available as an accessory) for the retro café racer look. Even the titanium Akrapović exhaust system is adjustable for length and position – surely, that has to be a first for a production motorcycle!

Unlike other boxer-twin BMWs, which are fitted with the German company’s telelever front suspension, the R nineT gets a USD telescopic fork – it’s the same high-spec unit that also does duty on the BMW S1000RR. A paralever single-sided swingarm (which incorporates the bike’s fully enclosed shaft-drive system), with central spring strut, handles suspension duties at the rear.

In keeping with its retro roadster theme, the BMW R nineT is fitted with wire-spoke wheels with black anodised alloy, non-flanged rims, black aluminium hubs and stainless steel spokes. The brakes, however, are a bit more contemporary – twin 320mm discs at the front, with radial-mount 4-piston monoblock callipers and, of course, ABS. The bike’s 18-litre aluminium fuel tank and black metallic paint make the R nineT rakishly good looking. Yes, we’d have one ourselves!

Also see our exclusive interview with Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad's head of design

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