When BMW released the original R nineT in 2014, it represented a major shift in BMW’s approach, and proved to be a genre-bending—and very popular—bike. It was also revealed that there would be ten variations of the R nineT, and so far we’ve seen four: the Scrambler, Racer, Pure and the original Roadster.
Up until now, anyway. BMW has now announced a fifth variation, the R nineT Urban G/S, as well as some updates to the original. We’ll start with the updated R nineT.
2017 BMW R nineT
One of our (few) complaints about the original R nineT was its too-soft suspension. It lacked an adjustable fork, forcing the rider to just deal with it. That has now changed, with the 2017 model now being equipped with a fully adjustable upside-down fork. BMW also says it has revised the suspension geometry; we’ll have to wait for further details to see what exactly that means.
Most of the rest of the updates are cosmetic, and include a new instrument cluster with two separate housings, new black wire-spoked wheels and a black finish on the engine, swingarm, driveshaft and frame.
There are also two new special paint schemes available. “Blackstorm metallic/Vintage” comes with a hand-painted yellow application on the tank bearing the number 21, as well as a café racer-style hump seat with aluminum cover and passenger pad. The second special paint scheme, “Blueplanet metallic/Aluminum,” uses the existing brushed aluminum fuel tank option, and adds a wide center stripe in Blueplanet metallic paint with a gold trim. The stripe continues down the front fender and the café racer-style hump seat cover.
US pricing and availability are TBD.
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S
Evoking the legendary R 80 G/S from 1980, the new Urban G/S appears to be based on the Scrambler variation of the R nineT. Like the Scrambler, it uses a traditional front fork (likely non-adjustable, but that was not made clear in the information BMW gave us), a three-piece frame (as opposed to the four-piece unit used on the standard R nineT), and it comes standard with cast aluminum wheels (19-inch in the front and 17-inch in the rear) and street tires.
Also like the Scrambler, spoked wheels and 50/50 dual-sport tires will be available as options—likely free of charge on the tires, and a charge for the wheels.
The Urban G/S is the spitting image of its R 80 G/S ancestor, with a gas tank, high front fender and headlight cover in Lightwhite non-metallic, black frame, red seat and two-tone blue accents on the tank.
The R nineT Urban G/S will retail for $12,995 (US).