When BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013, it was clearly more than just a roadster based on a classic role model. From the outset, the R nineT combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with sophisticated craftsmanship, as demonstrated by the aluminium fuel tank with brushed side surfaces, for example. In numerous components, the model also reflected the R nineT team's fond attention to detail. The new R nineT likewise radiates this boutique manufacturing character, supported by a range of optimised features.
As before, a high-quality upside-down telescopic fork takes care of front wheel control in the new R nineT, though this is now designed as a fully adjustable component. With a view to even greater steering precision, directional stability and cornering neutrality, the new edition of the R nineT has also been optimised in terms of suspension geometry.
The R nineT now has wired-spoke wheels in 3.5 x 17 inches and 5.5 x 17 inches respectively, with tyres in the 120/70 ZR 17 sizes at the front and 180/55 ZR 17. As before, radially mounted four-piston monoblock brake calipers ensure sound, ABS-regulated deceleration in conjunction with floating brake discs.
In its new edition, the R nineT once more features the laid-back elegance and proportions of a classic BMW roadster. From all angles, the R nineT is defined by a blend of classic and modern elements of motorcycle design style combined with high-quality surfaces.
Nothing has changed in the new edition of the R nineT in terms of its boutique manufacturing character and there are numerous details which fans will love: these include the 18-litre aluminium fuel tank with elaborately brushed side surfaces, the aluminium trim panel featuring an embossed R nineT inscription which runs across the air intake duct on the right-hand side and much more besides.
For the first time, two individual paint finishes with boutique manufacturing character are available for the R nineT ex-works as optional equipment items. In this way, BMW Motorrad has expanded the customising range to include the area of paintwork for the first time. The special paint finish, “Blackstorm metallic / Vintage”, underscores the boutique manufacturing character of the aluminium fuel tank in Blackstorm metallic / silver with a yellow application bearing the start number “21”. The latter is applied by hand and gives the bike a refined used look. The model is supplied with an aluminium hump seat and passenger pad.
The second special paint finish “Blueplanet metallic / Aluminium” emphasises the classically refined character of the R nineT with a touch of fresh style. Based on the clear-finished aluminium fuel tank with ground weld seam and aluminium hump seat – both hand-brushed – the centre section of the fuel tank and hump are finished in Blueplanet metallic with a golden surround. The colour Blueplanet metallic is also to be found on the front mudguard.