Motorrad Magazine has published spy shots of the new retro-styled motorcycle that BMW has been teasing for about a year now.
When news of the water-cooled R1200GS broke, some longtime fans were upset, worrying BMW would abandon their tried-and-true oilhead and airhead designs. Not to worry, the Germans said, there’s a retro-naked on the way. And, here it is in all its glory.
Except in this case, retro naked seems to hark back more to the 1990s-era naked revival, when bikes like the Ducati Monster ruled the streets. Anyone wanting a machine recalling the R75/5’s toaster tank had better keep on looking. There is a cafe racer tailsection, which will appeal to hipsters who read BikeEXIF, but that’s hardly traditional BMW fare.
But at least the machine retains a classy-looking set of spoked wheels, and a shaft drive for reliability. It’s supposedly awkwardly named the NineT (it’s the 90th anniversary edition model), but no doubt Beemer fans will quickly come up with a clever nickname to push that moniker into the background.
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