Pure pleasure for m-cycle enthusiasts
THE BMW R nineT, which has been created to mark "90 years of BMW Motorrad", caters to motorcycle enthusiasts who yearn for unadulterated, stress-free riding pleasure.
Like the first BMW motorcycle from 1923 - the legendary BMW R 32 - the nineT is driven by a flat twin-boxer engine that offers a punchy response from standstill.
The classic roadster bike has a 1,170cc air/oil-cooled boxer unit that produces 110hp at 7,750rpm and musters up a maximum torque of 119Nm at 6,000rpm.
The nineT, conceived for maximum customisation, offers modification choices, ranging from the use of BMW Motorrad accessories to custom-made add-on or accessory parts from specialist customisers.
The wide scope for customisation is due in no small part to the nineT's special frame concept.
Its tubular steel spaceframe incorporates the boxer engine as a load-bearing element, while the removable pillion frame allows the nineT to carry a passenger or to be set up for just a solo rider.
The exhaust system that runs down the left-hand side, with two silencers placed one above the other, is fully in keeping with the concept of a classic sporty roadster.
The bike combines traditional chassis design with high-performance technology.
For example, the telelever usually fitted on the boxer models from BMW Motorrad has been replaced on the BMW R nineT by an upside-down telescopic fork borrowed from the S 1000 RR superbike.
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 fitted instead of the standard 5.5-inch-wide version and submitted for individual approval if applicable.
Meanwhile, radial four-piston monoblock brake callipers work in unison with floating 320mm brake discs and BMW Motorrad ABS to provide sure stopping power.
A classic Black Storm Metallic paint finish with contrasting silver and metallic highlights was chosen to match the character of the nineT.
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