|— BMW R nineT – classic roadster with a powerful, personalisable character|
The nineT essentially has the brand values from 90 years of BMW Motorrad ingrained in it, and neatly sums up the company’s illustrious past with a unique concept, pure riding pleasure, a classic, reduced design, and a deliberate focus on the technical essentials. This is a classic roadster model oozing style and expressiveness and is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a pure, unadulterated bike with thrilling on-road performance.
But there’s more to the BMW R nineT than being a BMW motorcycle with an unprecedented design. Besides its technical functionality, the BMW Motorrad development team also paid close attention to the emotional bond between man and machine – all in keeping with the principle that, apart from working flawlessly on a technical level, a motorcycle must also stimulate all of its rider’s senses, trigger powerful emotions and provide non-stop thrills, whether it’s pulling up in front of a café or darting along country roads.
To this effect, the nineT employs definitive styling cues from the past of motorcycle manufacture – and yet this is no retro bike. Rather, it synthesises state-of-the-art technical features from high-performance sports machines with classic principles derived from 90 years of BMW Motorrad, and applies them with compelling handcraftsmanship.
Customisation allows motorcycles to be tailored to the owner’s personal preferences. Possible enhancements range from the usual, original accessories to small runs of individual components or even one-off solutions.
With the nineT, BMW Motorrad is catering to the desire of many motorcycle enthusiasts to be creative with their bike and modify it to suit their individual taste and intended use.
As a result, not only does the new BMW R nineT boast a particularly sophisticated overall concept that lends itself to being individually modified, it also includes some far-reaching technical provisions for undertaking further
customisation work beyond choosing from the extensive range of special equipment from BMW Motorrad.
As such, the nineT and its unique design concept revolutionise the interaction between rider and machine. For the first time, the customer becomes actively involved in designing their BMW, a process which entails far more than simply adding optional extras or special accessories, as is usually the case. Taking the existing central components of engine and chassis as a basis, the nineT rider has a wealth of options for individually customising it as they please.
Spirited BMW Motorrad boxer engine with short secondary transmission ratio for dynamic riding pleasure. For 90 years now, the longitudinal twin-cylinder boxer engine and power transmission by means of a cardan shaft drive have been synonymous with BMW motorcycles. Consequently, there could be no other choice when it came to selecting the drive configuration for this project, which was, after all, initiated to commemorate “90 years of BMW Motorrad”.
Ever since the first BMW motorcycle – the R 32 – made its debut in 1923, the BMW Motorrad boxer engines have been renowned for unmistakable, rugged design, abundant torque delivery and an unrivalled meaty sound. The
BMW R nineT features the air/oil-cooled 1,170 cc boxer engine with a bore of 101 millimetres and a stroke of 73 millimetres that is already familiar from numerous BMW Motorrad models. Output peaks at 81 kW (110 hp) at
7,750 rpm, while maximum torque of 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) is generated at 6,000 rpm and the rev ceiling is set at 8,500 rpm.
The valves are fitted in a radial arrangement in the combustion chamber and their timing is controlled by means of chain-driven double overhead camshafts (DOHC) for each cylinder. The valves are actuated by cam followers of a very lightweight design, making them ideal for high revving, while lightweight hemispherical shims are used for valve clearance compensation.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via the proven six-speed gearbox and the cardan shaft drive. In keeping with the dynamic character of the nineT, the secondary transmission ratio of the pinion and ring gear has been shortened for optimum accelerating power and the smoothest possible gear shifts.
Twin-pipe exhaust on left-hand side for inimitable boxer sound. The exhaust system that runs down the left-hand side, with two silencers in blasted stainless steel positioned one above the other, fits in perfectly with the notion of a classically designed, sporty roadster. Indeed, it is a design that has already been used in similar form in the past, for example on sport and racing
bikes in the ’60s and ’70s. The BMW R nineT also features an acoustic valve operated by means of an electric servomotor and opening and closing cables to deliver the exceptionally sonorous boxer soundtrack that riders favour while still staying within the legal limits.
The BMW Motorrad accessory range for the nineT offers the customer various options for the exhaust system that allow the character of the nineT to be adapted to personal tastes. Fitting the Akrapović silencer unit in titanium with carbon heat shields, for instance, adds a special touch of technical finesse. There is, furthermore, the option of lowering or raising the exhaust system by fitting a short or long connecting pipe to the front silencer, thereby opening up even greater scope for putting a different slant on the bike’s styling and lending it more of a café racer or scrambler feel, for example.
Modular frame concept for a host of possible variations. The nineT features a specially designed frame concept that is also geared towards enabling riders to stamp their own style on the bike by customising it. The previous frame has given way to a completely, newly developed tubular steel spaceframe on the BMW R nineT, with a modular construction consisting of four components: a front main frame, a rear main frame, a frame end-piece as well as a pillion frame, which are all bolted to one another.
With its removable frame end-piece and pillion frame, the BMW R nineT offers customers plenty of possibilities for varying the visual appearance and therefore the character of the sporty roadster model as they please.
This is a bike built for keen performance, so the geometry of the nineT chassis has been configured first and foremost for excellent handling and riding pleasure on winding country roads. The wheelbase measures 1,476 millimetres, the trail 102.5 millimetres and the steering head angle 64.5 degrees.
From a roadster for two to a sporty racer for one. The BMW R nineT leaves the factory in the form of a classic, sporty roadster that can carry two people. Despite the low rider’s seat height (approx.
785 mm) and narrow straddle width, both rider and pillion passenger are able to enjoy a pleasant level of seating comfort. The optional comfort rear seat provides both a larger seat area and extra cushioning for the passenger.
If it’s sporty solo rides that are on the agenda, on the other hand, the pillion frame can be simply removed by undoing its eight screws. An aluminium tail cover can also be fitted to complete the classic café racer look.
The nineT assumes an extremely puristic character in this guise, which can be intensified further still by detaching the frame end-piece together with the licence plate holder and rear light (not street legal), giving the tail end a particularly crisp and light feel. The custom rider’s seat with its slender, low- slung design combines with the classy nineT lettering to emphatically bring out the bike’s character as an uncompromising riding machine that has been pared down to the absolute essentials.
Classic wheel suspension featuring upside-down telescopic fork at the front and paralever at the rear. The telelever front suspension usually fitted on the boxer models from BMW Motorrad has been replaced on the BMW R nineT by a top-class upside-down telescopic fork borrowed from the S 1000 RR superbike in order to produce an even more harmonious classic look and enable more extensive chassis modifications to be carried out far more easily. Spring travel is 120 millimetres.
Wheel location at the rear is carried out by the proven paralever single-sided swingarm used on the remaining air-cooled generation of boxer models. The task of wheel suspension and damping is performed by a central spring strut with a spring painted in white. The spring preload can be adjusted hydraulically with the greatest of ease using a hand wheel made from forged aluminium, while the rebound damping is infinitely adjustable. Spring travel is likewise 120 millimetres.
The housing for the rear axle drive incorporates a neat feature for further personalising the nineT. The housing, as on the other boxer models, includes three mounting points that can be used, for example, to attach a bracket for positioning the licence plate on one side together with the light unit. The nineT furthermore has so much room between the silencers and swingarm that the standard 17-inch wheel with a width of 5.5 inches can be replaced with a 6-inch-wide version. Such modifications require individual approval, however.
Traditional wire-spoke wheels and high-performance brakes. In traditional roadster fashion, the new BMW R nineT rides on high-quality wire-spoke wheels comprising black anodised alloy non-flanged rims, cast aluminium hubs, stainless steel spokes as well as tubed tyres, size 120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 180/55 ZR 17 at the rear.
The 17-inch wheels and the tyre sizes represent the state of the art for sporty motorcycles designed for performance riding, while the stainless steel wire spokes and the black hubs and rims evoke the trademark styling cues and flair of bygone eras from 90 years of BMW Motorrad.
This forms a stark contrast to the highly sophisticated high-performance twin- disc brake that is more than a match for the dynamic performance abilities of the nineT. Featuring radial 4-piston monoblock brake callipers, steel-braided brake lines and floating 320 mm brake discs, it ensures superior, absolutely fade-resistant stopping power even on the sportiest of rides. Braking power at the rear is provided by a 265 mm single-disc brake with twin-piston floating calliper. The nineT already comes equipped as standard with BMW Motorrad ABS, as do all BMW motorcycles.
Specially designed electrical system boosts scope for customisation. The electrics have undergone a thorough overhaul to allow more extensive modification of the technology of the nineT, so that its character can be given even more of a personal touch and its profile honed even more finely. For this reason, the parameters and interfaces in the bike’s electrical system have been configured to enable alternative electrical components, such as headlights or indicators, to be installed as required.
Separating the engine and vehicle wiring harnesses keeps the amount of work involved to a manageable level even when carrying out major modifications to the motorcycle. This is an important consideration, above all for professional customisers.
Whether with high- or low-mounted exhaust system, sporty aluminium tail cover or double seat – the nineT has many different looks, but they are all equally compelling.
In silhouette, the BMW R nineT is the epitome of casual elegance. The boxer engine, compact fuel tank and lean tail-end styling are just some of the features that help to give this bike its classic BMW Motorrad roadster proportions.
One of the designers’ main goals was to give the body a pared-down, back- to-essentials look. This focus on the most important design elements of a motorcycle allows the nineT to express stylish individuality using just a small number of consummately crafted components. From every angle, the appearance of the nineT is defined by a mix of classic and modern motorcycle styling themes, combined with high-quality surface finishes.
The nineT’s classic round headlamp – the central focus of the front silhouette – projects a sense of maturity and poise. A powerful high-tech contrast is provided by the gold-anodised outer tubes in the upside-down forks, while the classic shape of the boxer engine helps to create lean overall lines.
The instrument cluster, comprising two classic round speedometer and rev counter gauges, is smoothly and harmoniously integrated into the overall front-end design. The simple styling of these gauges reflects the classic inspiration behind the nineT’s engineering, but at the same time incorporates the convenience and amenities of modern technology. For example, the nineT is specified as standard with an onboard computer that shows key information – such as time of day, engaged gear, remaining range, trip mileage, servicing interval and average speed and fuel consumption – very clearly in a large, segmented display.
The 18-litre aluminium tank and, on the right-hand side, the aluminium plate with embossed nineT lettering over the air intake are further eye-catching elements. The nineT’s high standards of manufacturing quality are reflected inthe meticulously hand-brushed and coated tank sides which show off the grain of the aluminium to full effect. The knee area can be further customised with optional classic-style rubber kneepads. Like the brushed aluminium tank surfaces, the air intake cover is naturally anodised, its finely brushed, high-tech surface neatly rounding out the styling in this area. The separate comfort rear seat is likewise made of aluminium, with a similar surface finish.
Many further details draw attention to the high manufacturing quality of this bike with its hand-built character. For example, the yokes with their tapered bolt bosses and the tapered steering damper mount are superior forged aluminium parts with glass-bead-blasted and naturally anodised finish. Also made of aluminium, the clamp bracket for the tapered aluminium handlebars has embossed BMW Motorrad lettering, while the riveted model plate on the steering head – reminiscent of classic BMW motorcycle designs – is further evidence of the meticulous attention to detail that has gone into the development of the nineT.
References to historic forerunners from 90 years of BMW Motorrad manufacturing can be seen in the wire-spoked wheels with black rims and the headlamp with its sheet steel housing and BMW emblem centrally positioned on the bulb cover. An unusual feature is the vertical mounting of the headlamp by means of a meticulously finished aluminium bracket connected to the lower yoke. The nineT also boasts white direction indicators and an LED rear light.
The front mudguard is a further interesting feature. It is bolted by two forged brackets to the fork bases and is one of many nicely judged touches with which the nineT stresses its allegiance to classic motorcycle styling themes. Again, a glass-bead-blasted and naturally anodised finish emphasises the high-quality workmanship of the nineT. Further forged parts, such as the aluminium seat mount or the adjustment knob for the shock absorber, are likewise glass bead-blasted and naturally anodised.
The waisted seat, too, boasts a high-quality, hand-built feel. It is trimmed with high-quality leather-effect material and edged with a contrasting white, hand- sewn double lap seam. On the left rear edge of the rider’s seat is a small fabric label with a nineT logo in blue.
Classic yet modern colour scheme. The new BMW R nineT is available in only one colour scheme. Matching the character of the bike, this is based on classic black (Black storm metallic), with silver and metallic contrasts.
— The BMW Motorrad special accessories range and BMW rider accessories range are specially tailored to the overall character of the nineT. BMW Motorrad special accessories can be fitted by BMW Motorrad dealers or by customers themselves.– Special accessories.
• Tank rucksack with attachment system.
• Rear bag with attachment system.
• Kneepads for tank sides.
• Aluminium tail cover with padded backrest.
• Custom rider’s seat with R nineT logo.
• Comfort rear seat.
• HP Carbon cover for engine block.
• HP Carbon front mudguard.
• Titanium Akrapović exhaust system.
• Connector pipe, long, with bracket and cover for Akrapović silencer, high-mounted.
• Connector pipe, short, for Akrapović silencer, low-mounted.
• Mount for standard Akrapović silencer or accessory rear silencer (low-mounted), if pillion seat removed.
• Anti-theft alarm system.
• Heated grips.
• LED indicators.
• Mounting cradle for BMW Navigator, with connection to electrical system.
— Rider’s accessories.
• Legend helmet
• BlackLeather jacket.
• FivePocket trousers.
• BMW Motorrad Style Vintage collection.