BMW R nineT

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BMW R nineT
BMW R nineT in Paris.jpg
Manufacturer BMW Motorrad
Parent company BMW
Production 2014–
Class Standard
Engine 1,170 cc (71 cu in) air-cooled flat-twin
Bore / stroke 101 mm × 73 mm (4.0 in × 2.9 in)
Power 96.5 hp (72.0 kW) @ 7,610 rpm
(rear wheel)[1]
Torque 74.3 lb⋅ft (100.7 N⋅m) @ 6,090 rpm(rear wheel)[1]
Transmission Dry clutch, 6-speed, shaft drive
Suspension Front: telescopic fork, Rear: Paralever
Brakes Disc
Tires Front: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear: 180/55 ZR 17
Rake, trail 25.5°, 102.5 mm (4.04 in)
Wheelbase 1,476 mm (58.1 in)
Dimensions L: 2,220 mm (87 in)
W: 890 mm (35 in)
H: 1,266 mm (49.8 in) (w/o mirrors)
Seat height 780 mm (30.9 in)
Fuel capacity 18 l; 4.0 imp gal (4.8 US gal)
Fuel consumption 5.9 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]

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]

For cosmetic reasons, the bike has upside-down (USD) telescopic forks (rather than the BMW "Telelever items). For the same reasons, it uses an air-cooled "oilhead" 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.

BMW R nineT at Motodays 2014 in Rome, Italy

As of 2017 there are five different variations of the BMW R nineT model they are the R nineT, R nineT PURE, R nineT URBAN G/S, R nineT RACER,R nineT SPORT and R nineT SCRAMBLER.[6]


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]


  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. 
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  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
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