BMW decided to spruce up the standard issue R nineT for 2017 as well as release a new R nineT Urban G/S at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
The BMW R nineT debuted in 2013, going into production for the 2014 model year. It’s now the base of the brand’s expanding Heritage line, which includes variations like the R nineT Scrambler, Racer and Pure. The first R nineT came out in celebration of BMW’s 90th anniversary, and its stripped-down stance was intended to pay homage to the iconic models of the brand’s past, the 1923 R32 in particular. The Urban G/S follows a similar pattern, though its inspiration is drawn from a different bike, the 1980 R80 G/S.
Both share the same mill, a 101mm by 73mm, air/oil-cooled Boxer Twin engine that has become the standard of the Heritage line. New engine mapping, revised fueling and an updated exhaust system bring the engine into Euro 4 compliance. Riders will still enjoy 110 horsepower at 7750 rpm according to BMW, and 85.5 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm.
The hydraulically activated dry clutch works through a six-speed transmission, with power transferred to the rear wheel via universal shaft drive. Braking components are the same between the two machines as well, with dual 320mm discs at the front and a single 265mm disc out back. BMW Motorrad ABS is standard on both motorcycles.
Differences between the two are notable though, and we’ll break out the two machines specifically below.
BMW R nineT
The R nineT expels gasses through a sporty 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust pipe set-up. It’s built with a four-piece frame to enable greater customization options, consisting of a front main frame, rear main frame, removable end piece and detachable passenger frame.
BMW gave the standard R nineT better suspension, fitting a fully-adjustable fork taken from the S1000RR with 4.72 inches of travel. The bike’s geometry was altered as well, extending wheelbase slightly and reducing steering head angle from 64.5 degrees to 63.2 to help provide more precise steering. The back end soaks up bumps through a Paralever single-sided swingarm and a central spring strut that’s preload adjustable. Travel out back is 4.72 inches as well.
Though both versions announced at EICMA share the same braking discs, steel-wrapped brake lines, four-piston calipers at the front and dual piston calipers at the back, the standard R nineT features a new master cylinder.
The R nineT rolls on 3.5 x 17-inch front and 5.5 x 17-inch rear, wire spoked wheels. Tire sizes are 120/70 ZR17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear.
The instrument cluster design has been updated also.
BMW offers the Blackstorm metallic with silver and metallic accent color option standard, but customers now can choose between two additional color options, which BMW classifies as an optional equipment upgrade.
Those colors are Blackstorm metallic/Vintage, which comes with a hand-brushed yellow and clear gloss graphic with the number 21. This option has an aluminum hump seat with matching paint finish and also includes the passenger pad as well.
A second color upgrade is the Blueplanet metallic/Aluminum. There’s a generous amount of brushed steel on the tank and aluminum seat hump accented by the Blueplanet color and gold bordering. The passenger pad is included standard with this option as well.
BMW R nineT Urban G/S
The Urban G/S has a 2-into-1 exhaust design and a three, instead of four, component frame.
The front fork is a more traditional, 43mm telescopic type with rubber gaiters and it offers a slightly more generous amount of travel at 4.9 inches. The back-end suspension is the same Paralever, central spring strut set-up as on the standard R nineT, though it’s been designed to allow for 5.5 inches of travel.
Wheel sizes make for a more off-road friendly machine, with a 3.0 x 19-inch front and 4.5 x 17-inch rear set-up. But the Urban G/S comes with aluminum cast wheels and road rubber standard. Wire spoke wheels and knobby off-road tires are optional equipment.
Other details include the headlamp fairing and red seat along with a blue and white color configuration that recalls the R 80 G/S of the past. The Urban G/S has just a single instrument panel, as opposed to the dual panels set on the R nineT.
The wide selection of accessory upgrades includes Automatic Stability Control, heated grips, alarm system, hand brushed aluminum fuel tank and more. The R nineT Urban G/S has a variety of different options as well, with a single red or brown seat available with a luggage carrier, a low seat option and aluminum handlebar end pieces. And that only scratches the surface of what’s available.
Pricing and availability aren’t provided at this time, but we’ll update as soon as that information is available.