Published on October 21st, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
BMW R nineT, “90 years of BMW Motorrad” celebrations
The BMW R nineT packs together styling elements from various motorcycling eras. Even more, the nineT has been designed to offer an exceptional base for those who want to customize their machines. It a new modular-designed boxer-powered café racer commemorating the company’s 90-year history of producing motorcycles
Aside from the convertible seat which can easily switch between a two-up setup to one for solo riding, BMW has designed the bike in such a way that it can receive both genuine aftermarket parts and accessories and custom-made add-ons manufactured by specialist customizers. Holding it all together is a modular tubular steel spaceframe consisting of a front frame section with integrated steering head and a rear section which connects to the swingarm. The pillion subframe provides support for a passenger or a tail-mounted softbag, or it can be removed completely to have just the single seat.
Acting as a load-bearing element of the chassis is a 1170 air-cooled boxer twin that BMW claims offers 108hp at 7750 rpm and 119Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. The exhaust system flows out to the left side, ending with stacked twin silencers, BMW will offer a number of factory-installed options including titanium Akrapović exhausts with carbon heat shields.
The bike is as cool as it gets, as it appeals both those in search of a machine dedicated to asphalt aggression and those who prefer a more custom-oriented attire.
The stainless steel wire-spoke wheels have black anodized alloy rims and black aluminum hubs. The wheels come standard with a 120/70 ZR 17 tire up front and a 180/55 ZR 17 tire at the rear. Stopping the wheels are four-piston monobloc calipers controlled with steel-braided brake lines, gripping twin 320mm discs at the front. At the rear, a two-piston caliper grips a 265mm disc. As per BMW policy, the nineT will come with ABS as standard equipment.
The 4.8-gallon brushed aluminum fuel tank with embossed nineT logos, and can be customized with rubber kneepads. The air intake cover is also a naturally anodized brushed aluminum. Other features include a 30.9-inch seat height, and a circular headlight with the BMW emblem in the center of the bulb cover. The steering yoke and handlebar clamp brackets are made of forged aluminum, glass bead-blasted and given a natural anodized finish. The instrument cluster consists of two classic round speedometer and tachometer gauges and a modern digital display showing engaged gear, time, range, fuel consumption, average speed, trip mileage and servicing interval.
Malaysian pricing and launch date will be announced soon.