A few years ago BMW embraced the growing vintage custom movement in a big way with the introduction of the R nineT. Created to mark the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, the R nineT is a retro boxer that blends the opposed flat twin’s iconic character and classic design with modern technology and a modular concept that allows a wide range of customization.
Although the R nineT has been offered with a wide range of accessories to allow customers to personalize their machines, BMW had planned a series of spin-off models to fill particular niches within the retro scene. The first is the R nineT Scrambler, a new-for-2017 model with a 19-inch front wheel, a brown seat with distressed leather look, a high-mount dual exhaust and other rough-n-tumble features.
BMW has announced two additional R nineT models, the Pure and the Racer. Like other R nineT models, they are powered by BMW’s air/oil-cooled, 1,170cc boxer twin that makes a claimed 110 horsepower, has a 6-speed transmission and is Euro4 compliant. The R nineT Pure and R nineT Racer use the same modular, tubular-steel space frame found on other R nineT models, which consists of a front main frame, rear main frame and removable passenger subframe. The latter provides flexibility to change the appearance and character of the bikes as customers see fit. They are equipped with a conventional telescopic fork and the BMW Paralever with single shock and single-sided swingarm. Five-spoke cast wheels are 17 inches in diameter (spoked wheels are optional), and the bikes are equipped with a pair of 4-piston front brake calipers and standard ABS. ASC (Automatic Stability Control) is optional.
R nineT Pure
The R nineT Pure was designed to embody the essence of a classic roadster, without frills and reduced to the absolute essentials. The design blends classic and modern elements with high-end details such as footpegs and fork bridges in forged aluminum with a clear anodized finish. The fuel tank and front fender of the BMW R nineT Pure are finished with Catalano Grey non-metallic paint, the suspension and drivetrain are blacked-out and the 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust has a brushed finish.
R nineT Racer
The R nineT Racer evokes the style of sport motorcycles popular in the early 1970s. Crouched, compact and lithe, its old-school bona fides include a half fairing, hump seat, stubby handlebars and rearset footpegs, yet it remains a modern motorcycle at its core. Its Lightwhite non-metallic paint and graphics are reminiscent of past BMW Motorsport colors, the frame is finished in Aluminum Silver, the drivetrain is finished in black and the 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust is polished.