BMW R nineT

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BMW R nineT
BMW R nineT in Paris.jpg
ManufacturerBMW Motorrad
Parent companyBMW
Engine1,170 cc (71 cu in) air-cooled flat-twin
Bore / stroke101 mm × 73 mm (4.0 in × 2.9 in)
Power110 hp (82 kW) @ 7,610 rpm
(rear wheel)[1]
Torque74.3 lb⋅ft (100.7 N⋅m) @ 6,090 rpm(rear wheel)[1]
TransmissionDry clutch, 6-speed sequential manual transmission, shaft-drive
SuspensionFront: telescopic fork, Rear: Paralever
TiresFront: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 180/55 ZR 17
Rake, trail25.5°, 102.5 mm (4.04 in)
Wheelbase1,476 mm (58.1 in)
DimensionsL: 2,220 mm (87 in)
W: 890 mm (35 in)
H: 1,266 mm (49.8 in) (w/o mirrors)
Seat height780 mm (30.9 in)
Fuel capacity18 l; 4.0 imp gal (4.8 US gal)
Fuel consumption5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg‑imp (40 mpg‑US)

The BMW R nineT is a standard motorcycle introduced by BMW Motorrad in 2014. It is a retro styled roadster viewed by many custom builders as a "blank canvas for customizing".[2][3][4]

All models have anti-lock braking systems (ABS). Automatic stability control (ASC) is available as an option.

Design elements[edit]

The BMW R nineT has several design elements configured to allow the bike to be easily modified, such as separate engine and chassis wiring harnesses and minimal bolts attaching the rear subframe, tail lights, and headlight.[5]

The R nineT version of the bike has upside-down (USD) telescopic forks (rather than the BMW "Telelever items). The other versions have conventional telescopic forks.

All variations have an air/oil-cooled "oilhead" flat twin "boxer" 1,170CC engine, which has the inlet manifold at the rear of the cylinders and the exhaust at the front. The oilhead is arguably more suitable for customisation as it has a more "conventional" appearance than the new water-cooled engine.

As of 2017 there are five different variations of this motorcycle:

  • R nineT - with upside-down (USD) telescopic forks
  • R nineT PURE - styled back roadster design
  • R nineT URBAN G/S* - similar look and style to the R80 G/S with large 19-inch front wheel
  • R nineT RACER S - a cafe racer for a solo rider, with a nose fairing in blue, white and red trim.
  • R nineT SPORT - UK-only version with Akrapovic silencer and cafe racer styling
  • R nineT SCRAMBLER - design features of the scrambler era with large 19-inch front wheel.[6]
BMW R nineT showing the horizontally-opposed twin cylinders
BMW R nineT in Paris
BMW R nineT Scrambler
R nine T special at Paris Motor Show 2018
BMW R Nine T Urban GS 2018 model


In a The Daily Telegraph review, Roland Brown wrote: The BMW R nineT is "... not the bike for impecunious custom builders, but a retro roadster that combines heritage, good looks, high quality finish and entertaining performance in one cleverly integrated package, with potential for easy personalisation".[7][citation needed]

A Motor Cycle News review says of the R nineT: "The build quality is superb and the attention to detail impeccable. It goes, stops and handles as well as the best roadsters out there, thanks to its modern chassis, suspension and braking components. But there’s a lovely twist with the old-school air-cooled Boxer engine".[8]

In a comparison test between the BMW R nineT RACER S and the Triumph Thruxton 1200R, Visordown preferred the Triumph.[9]

The R nineT SCRAMBLER variant was featured in the 2019 film War.[10]


  1. ^ a b Adams, Bradley (August 29, 2016). "BMW R nineT vs. Harley-Davidson Roadster vs. Triumph Thruxton R vs. Yamaha XSR900 - COMPARISON TEST". Cycle World. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  2. ^ (2016-10-27). "Custom R nineT To Be Unveiled At SEMA". News. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  3. ^ "Rosso Corsa Gallery » Bikes Inventory". Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  4. ^ "BMW R NINE T - Blog - Motorcycle Parts and Riding Gear - Roland Sands Design - RSD". Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  5. ^ Catterson, Brian (October 2014), "To the Nines; Designing the R nineT was easy. It was convincing BMW to build it that was hard", Cycle World, vol. 53 no. 10, pp. 46–51
  6. ^ "Heritage". BMW. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  7. ^ The BMW R nineT combines heritage, good looks, a high-quality finish and entertaining performance
  8. ^ "BMW R NINE T (2014-on) Review". Motorcycle News. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  9. ^ Visordown Motorcycle Videos (2017-08-16), Triumph Thruxton R Vs BMW R nineT Racer S Motorbike Review |, retrieved 2019-05-31
  10. ^ "'War Movie': Hrithik Roshan And Tiger Shroff Ride BMW Motorcycles In This Action Movie". CarandBike. 2019-10-01. Retrieved 2020-04-13.

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