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BMW 9cento Concept; Is This the Future of Sport Touring?


Unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the 9cento concept is BMW’s take on the future of sport touring … powered by the mid-displacement, 798cc parallel-twin. Here is what Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design for BMW Motorrad, has to say about the 9cento:

“We’ve created a bike that combines the appropriate power with reliable sports touring properties and above all lots of riding fun, so it’s an attractive overall package. It brings together the best of the sports, adventure and touring segments to produce an exciting concept – in a class which has not seen this kind of model from BMW before. The BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento is our interpretation of a modern all-rounder for the new mid-range segment. … Functional properties such as touring capacity, storage space and wind/weather protection are relevant to most motorcyclists, but they’re rarely included in the design of a concept vehicle. In this year’s concept bike we’re demonstrating that all these rational aspects can be coupled with a dynamic design to create something really exciting and highly emotional.”

To MD, it looks like a light, comfortable, fun ride. To have a look at more pictures and information, go to BMW Blog or BMW Motorrad.


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69 Comments

  1. BoxerFan says:

    Looks like a mechanical insect, AKA a Michael Bay movie Decepticon, WAY too over-styled, as is R1200RS, and most modern bikes. Detachable bags are a nice concept, but the bags have to be actually useable when attached, not just a gimmick. dirty, greasy chain drive, high-beak, not-quite-an-adventure-bike stance…

    Not sure what makes this bike attractive, or particularly a BMW… I’d rather return to the PAST of sport touring, and buy a nice used R1100S, with some add-on saddle bags, or something like it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Last pic. Loose chain. I’m bored.

  3. Not a fan… Sorry BMW. At what point would I want to unplug the fenders and sit on the bicycle seat and why ?

  4. hardman says:

    I’m struggling with the “sport touring” aspect when the detachable “bags” might hold a rainsuit, bottle of water and a few granola bars. However it is only a concept.

    • Snake says:

      Sadly, I’ll agree. My first impression was “again, the same 800cc twin rather than a 900”, but then I hit those last set of photos. Said sadly, that’s a nice set of gloveboxes you’ve got there.

      Love the concept besides those two points, though, I’d buy it. I’m sick of overly-large bikes and really, and I mean REALLY, am actually looking forward to the proposed new generations of turbo and supercharged mid-displacement bikes – all the fun, less size and weight. What’s not to like??!! So, wish list: “midsize” but more than 90HP and NO HIGHWAY BUZZ, please, plus both adequate storage space and fuel range.

  5. rider33 says:

    what is it of late with BMW and bikes missing a back end? 9T’s do the same thing, 90% of the mass is from the fuel tank forward, move and inch or two back on the seat and it feels like you might fall off. The T’s have done well as a line, my guess would be that has more with BMW getting back to basics than it does with ass-less design.

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