BMW sure knows how to please a crowd. Case in point, the new R Nine T Racer. If there’s one thing we like its going fast and looking good. Doesn’t matter if you’re on the latest and greatest superbike or a UJM from the 80s. This cafe racer derivative of the ever popular R Nine T has checked all the boxes for many of those in attendance at this years Intermot show. What boxes you say? Rear sets? Check. Clip ons? Check. Enough horsepower to get you into trouble? Check. Catering to those who customize? Check. Most importantly for this writer. Modern sized sport bike tire sizing. Enough jabbering though, behold the pics!
For those looking at retro modern cafe racer machines, your choices are getting more and more by the year. Hopefully this trend continues because having a variety to choose from is never a bad thing. The BMW R Nine T Racer, Triumph Thruxton R and Street Cup are only a few that come to mind. I’m looking forward to seeing riders with full leathers pushing these around.
Announced right beside the Racer is the Pure, a slightly (hopefully) lower priced R Nine T for those who find the $15k MSRP of the existing R Nine T a bit hard to swallow.
Look for these two models to hit showroom floors in the USA in Q2 2017.
The highlights of the BMW R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure:
- Potent boxer engine with a capacity of 1 170 cc and an output of 81 kW (110 hp) that meets EU4 requirements.
- Modular frame with scope for customising, allowing individualisation according to personal taste.
- Five-spoke light alloy cast wheels, 3.5 x 17″ at front and 5.5 x 17″ at rear (optional wire-spoked wheels).
- 320-millimetre twin disc brake at the front.
- ABS as standard.
- ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as an ex works option.
- 2-in-1 exhaust system made of stainless steel (polished in the Racer, brushed in the Pure).
- High-end details such as fork bridges and footrests in forged, clear anodised aluminium.
- R nineT Pure in Catalano Grey non-metallic as a classic, purist roadster.
- R nineT Racer with half-fairing, hump seat and set-back footrests in the style of a 1970s sports motorcycle.
- R nineT Racer in Lightwhite non-metallic combined with multi-coloured decor reminiscent of past BMW Motorsport colours, with the frame in Aluminium Silver.