BMW unveils the R nineT roadster bike

Bike Design 17 Oct 2013
BMW unveils the R nineT roadster bike

To celebrates its 90th anniversary BMW Motorrad has unveiled the R nineT, an old school-inspired street bike with a modular platform that offers a wide range of customization possibilities.


Powered by a classic boxer engine, the BMW R nineT combines a modern chassis and technology with a design inspired by the “pure” character of the motorbikes from the past.

BMW R nineT - Design Sketches

BMW R nineT

The most distinctive feature of the R nineT is its tubular steel spaceframe that incorporates the boxer engine as a load-bearing element.

BMW R nineT - Design Sketches

The frame’s basic construction consists of a front frame section with integral steering head and a rear section with swingarm mounting and a removable pillion frame, which allows to transform it into a single seater.

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It is also possible to cover the rear seat with an aluminum tail cover, which is available as a special accessory, which gives the R nineT a look reminiscent of early café racers.

BMW R nineT

BMW R nineT BMW R nineT

The instrument cluster has two round speedometer and tachometer gauges, whose design also reflects the classic inspiration.

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At the same time, the display has an onboard computer that shows key information – such as time of day, engaged gear, remaining range, trip mileage, servicing interval and average speed and fuel consumption.

BMW R nineT - exhaust detailAnother element reminiscent of classic sporty roadster is the exhaust system that runs down the left-hand side with two silencers (mufflers) placed one above the other.

This unit, supplied by Akrapović, is made of titanium. By installing a short or long connecting pipe, the silencer can be mounted in either a lowered or a raised position, radically altering the appearance and character of the nineT.

The telelever usually used on BMW’s boxer models has been replaced by an upside-down telescopic fork borrowed from the S 1000 RR superbike, resulting in a distinctly classic look combined with modern engineering.

The rear suspension employs the paralever single-sided swingarm in conjunction with a central spring strut.

BMW R nineT

The wheelbase measures 58.1 inches, the trail 4.04 inches and the steering head angle 64.5 degrees. The rider’s seat height is approx. 30.9 inches.

The bike features wire-spoke wheels with black anodized alloy, non-flanged rims, black aluminum hubs and stainless steel spokes.

The nineT is powered by a 1,170 cc air/oil-cooled boxer unit which produces 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,550 rpm and a maximum torque of 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.

Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via the proven six-speed gearbox and the cardan shaft drive.

Below we report the 7-minute presentation short movie and additional details on the R nineT, selected from BMW’s official press release.

Design

When designing the nineT, terms such as “purist simplicity”, “emotion” and “authentic, traditional materials” were high on the list of priorities.

One of the design objectives was to reduce the bodywork as much as possible to achieve a purist look.

The sides of the 18-liter (4.8 gallon) aluminum tank have been brushed by hand and then coated. The aluminum plate with embossed nineT lettering on the right above the air intake duct is another example of the bike’s hand-built character.

The surfaces of many forged aluminum parts, including the yokes and the handlebar clamp bracket with BMW Motorrad lettering, have been glass bead-blasted and then given a natural anodized finish.

The circular headlamp with the BMW emblem in the center of the bulb cover pays homage to previous role models from 90 years of BMW Motorrad.

A classic Black Storm Metallic paint finish with contrasting silver and metallic highlights was chosen to complement the character of the nineT.

Technical Features

The housing for the rear axle drive includes three mounting points that can be used to attach a bracket for positioning the license plate and brake/tail light unit on one side.

What’s more, the swingarm on the nineT is designed in such a way that a 17-inch wheel with a width of 6 inches can be substituted for the standard 5.5-inch-wide version, if permitted.

The bike’s electrical system has been specially configured for greater technical flexibility, facilitating the installation of alternative electrical components, such as headlights or turn indicators.

The BMW Motorrad accessory range for the nineT offers customers various options for the exhaust system that allow the nineT to be adapted to personal tastes.

There is also the option of lowering or raising the exhaust system by installing a short or long connecting pipe to the front silencer/muffler, opening up even greater possibilities for the bike’s styling and giving it more of a café racer or scrambler feel.

(Source: BMW)

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