BMW Motorrad stretches its Heritage line with two additional R nineT models in 2017, the R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure. BMW looks to inspire a bit of nostalgia for the ‘60s and ‘70s with these two bikes, both powered by the air/oil-cooled, 1170cc Boxer Twin that resides in the standard R nineT first released back in 2013, and Scrambler version released in 2015.
The Racer and Pure share many traits in addition to the 110 horsepower (at 7750 rpm) engine. They’re basically the same machine but for some stylistic and dimension differences.
Each has a customization-ready, three-part modular frame allowing riders to easily modify the machine to personal tastes. The two machines share a stainless steel exhaust system with a left-side muffler intended to invoke the classic style of café racers and roadsters of the period. Five-spoke alloy cast wheels are shared between the two models, with 3.5 x 17 inches in front and 5.5 x 17 inches at the back, as are 43mm telescopic forks (4.9 inches travel) and BMW Paralever rear suspension (4.7 inches travel). Dual 320mm discs at the front and a single 265mm disc out back are pinched to bring the machines to a stop, and each comes with BMW Motorrad ABS.
There’s a slight difference between the two when it comes to wheelbase, the Pure 2mm longer than the Racer. The Pure comes standard with a pillion seat while the Racer does not, however the BMW Motorrad Accessories catalog provides easy changes to both scenarios should a Racer rider want a passenger or a Pure pilot want to roll solo. Both machines come with a 31.7-inch seat height.
The Pure is stripped down while the Racer carries a café aspect. As such, the Racer comes with a frame-mounted half-fairing, a hump seat and forged aluminum footrests that sit back a bit further than on the Pure. The Racer has dual instrument panels that offer information ranging from remaining range, active gear, average speed, fuel consumption and other bits of info. The Pure comes with a single LCD panel and analog tach that is more basic in its presentation. The handlebars are different as well, the Pure offering a more relaxed and upright riding position while the Racer’s clip-on style bars require a more forward, aggressive posture.
The parts catalog for both of these machines is extensive however, as BMW is targeting the customization crowd with this line of bikes. Optional equipment for both the Pure and Racer includes things like Automatic Stability Control, spoke wheels, alarm systems, heated grips and LED turn signals. The list of goodies expands dramatically in the Accessories line, with headlight grills, knee pads for the fuel tanks, different seats, covers, caps, trim pieces, silencers and more.
The Pure will be available in Catalano Grey with black accents and the Racer comes in Lightwhite non-metallic with BMW Motorsport blues and reds. There’s no indication yet when the Pure or Racer will be available or what the MSRP will be. BMW Motorrad has announced MSRP for the R nineT Scrambler however, which is listed at $13,000 and will be arriving at dealerships this month. While the Pure and Racer aren’t likely to arrive that soon, it’s not a stretch to imagine pricing in the same ballpark.