If you take a minute, you will realize this is a big deal. After the staid German manufacturer collaborated with Roland Sands recently on a controversial, naked custom, we wondered aloud what this meant. Frankly, we didn’t care for the look of the Roland Sands’ bike, but this production model knocks us out.
The BMW R nineT represents a simple, no frills standard-style motorcycle with plenty of modern performance … yet, it is loaded with heritage, principally derived from the air-cooled Boxer engine. Think about the following contrast. Honda’s CB1100, which pays homage to numerous air-cooled Hondas of the past, weighs 540 pounds and makes a claimed 86 horsepower and 68 foot/pounds of torque. This new BMW, on the other hand, might be the retro-ripper of your dreams. It is 51 pounds lighter than the Honda, makes 110 hp, and has 88 foot/pounds of torque! All that power and torque at street RPM levels.
A modern six-speed gearbox and shaft drive is combined with some very serious brakes, including dual 320 mm front rotors gripped by four-piston radial calipers. ABS is standard.
BMW is emphasizing the new R nineT as the perfect starting point for customization, and has designed the bike to receive simple bolt-on replacement parts. Several customizers undoubtedly have this bike already, and BMW has several parts in-house which can be bolted to the R nineT, including optional seat units and exhaust, among others. Below is the BMW announcement, a very-well produced video, and full specs. You can also visit the web page set up by BMW.
BMW R nineT. Pure Riding.
Motorcycling has always been a passionate lifestyle. For the past 90 years BMW Motorrad has been ensuring that this remains the same in the future, too. For those who like it pure and original, BMW Motorrad has now developed the perfect machine: the BMW R nineT. A motorcycle featuring purist design and numerous ways of customizing it.
BMW R nineT: Pure Authenticity.
Riding a motorcycle and feeling free. The BMW R nineT combines this feeling with a casually cool look which, in spite of all the details, is unmistakably a member of the BMW family. Further criteria such as ride feel, design and sound lay the foundation for an independent, authentic lifestyle.
BMW R nineT: Pure Customizing
The BMW R nineT is powered by an air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke flat twin engine. The instruments consisting of speedometer and tachometer harken back to historical times and emphasize the essential and minimalist visual appeal of the motorcycle. The BMW R nineT is equipped with an upside down fork at the front and with the BMW Motorrad Paralever at the rear. However, the nineT does not only stand out due to its pure design. The nineT offers great options for individualization. No customizing wish is left unfilled. For example there is the removable rear frame, enough space for 6 inch rims and many other options. Even though the BMW R nineT offers so many modification opportunities it remains a real BMW motorcycle from a technical point of view. Standard-fitted ABS ensures highest-degree safety for the nineT, too.
BMW R nineT. Pure Lifestyle.
Pure passion, pure design, pure riding pleasure. This is what makes the BMW R nineT so essential for the classic enthusiast. Modify, ride, have fun. The nineT leaves nothing to be desired with regard to customization. Design your motorcycle, design your life. One name, one purist lifestyle:
BMW R nineT.
|Type||Air/oil-cooled flat twin (‘Boxer’) 4-stroke engine, two camshafts and four radially aligned valves per cylinder, central balancer shaft|
|Bore x stroke||101 mm x 73 mm|
|Rated output||81 kW (110 hp) at 7,550 rpm|
|Max. torque||88 lb/ft (119 Nm) at 6,000 rpm|
|Compression ratio||12.0 : 1|
|Mixture control / engine management||Electronic intake pipe injection|
|Emission control||Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3|
|Performance / fuel consumption|
|Maximum speed||over 125 mph|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h||52 mpg at a constant 56 mph (4.5 l)|
|Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h|
|Fuel type||Premium Unleaded|
|Alternator||three-phase alternator 600 W|
|Battery||12 V / 14 Ah, maintenance-free|
|Clutch||Single dry plate clutch, hydraulically operated|
|Gearbox||Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth|
|Chassis / brakes|
|Frame||four-section frame consisting of one front and three rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit, removable pillion frame for single ride use|
|Front wheel location / suspension||Upside-Down telescopic fork with 46 mm diameter|
|Rear wheel location / suspension||Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; central spring strut, spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable|
|Suspension travel front / rear||4.7 inches / 4.7 inches (120 mm / 120 mm)|
|Wheelbase||58.1 inches (1,476 mm)|
|Castor||4.04 inches (102.5 mm)|
|Steering head angle||64,5 °|
|Rim, front||3.50 x 17″|
|Rim, rear||5.50 x 17″|
|Tyres, front||120/70 ZR 17|
|Tyres, rear||180/55 ZR 17|
|Brake, front||Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 320 mm, four-piston radial calipers|
|Brake, rear||Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, double-piston floating caliper|
|ABS||BMW Motorrad ABS|
|Dimensions / weights|
|Length||87.4 inches (2,220 mm)|
|Width (incl. mirrors)||35.0 inches (890 mm)|
|Height (excl. mirrors)||59.8 inches (1,265 mm)|
|Seat height, unladen weight||30.9 inches Standard|
|Inner leg curve, unladen weight||69.3 inches Standard|
|Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)||489 lbs (222 kg)|
|Permitted total weight||948 lbs (430 kg)|
|Payload (with standard equipment)||459 lbs (208 kg)|
|Usable tank volume||4.8 gal (18 liters)|
|Reserve||approx. 0.8 gal|
- Technical data relate to the unladen weight (DIN)
- 1) According to guideline 93/93/EWG with all fluids, fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume