The two latest versions of BMW’s R NineT have been revealed at Intermot.
The R NineT Racer and R NineT Pure aren’t surprises — we knew about them weeks ago. As predicted, the Racer is a retro cafe-styled machine, and the Pure is a back-to-basics standard.
The bikes share an obvious relation to the original R NineT, with a common air/oil-cooled 1170 cc flat twin engine and six-speed gearbox, making 110 hp. However, the new bikes have conventional forks instead of the USD units found on the original R NineT — the Scrambler model also has conventional forks. And like the Scrambler, the new bikes also get a modular steel frame that’s easily customizable. The frame has three parts, including a passenger subframe that’s easily removable without the use of cutting torches and the like, so builders should be able to change the machine’s look without compromising structural safety.
Both machines also get sensible cast alloy wheels, which should save money and possibly weight as well. And like the Scrambler, they get conventional four-pot Brembo calipers up front, instead of the radial Monobloc units found on the original R NineT. The front discs are 320 mm.
Revised engine mapping and emissions equipment mean the motor is now compliant with Euro4 emissions regulations.
ABS is standard on both machines, and BMW’s traction control (known in Beemerspeak as Automatic Stability Control) is optional.
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