Motivated by the response to the R nineT in 2013, the company unveiled the R nine T Racer and R nineT Pure during INTERMOT’s Press Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The two new motorcycles are the latest in BMW’s Heritage line.
If one could choose a theme for all of the new model introductions it would be “Heritage.” Several other manufacturers have chosen to recreate or bring new models to market that have a retro appeal. Much of this is due to the market now being made up of millennials who seem to prefer a vintage, stripped down looking bike.
The R nineT Racer, which recreates that classic 1970s sports motorcycle feeling, stole the show as a woman rider fired it up and rode it through the center of BMW’s stand and up onto the stage where it was presented to a large crowds of journalists and guests.
Crouched, compact and elongated, BMW says The R nineT Racer “conveys a sense of old-school sporty aspiration with its strikingly short half-fairing, hump seat, stub handlebars and set-back footrests, combining this overall impression with modern technology.”
The R nineT Racer is particularly light and athletic in appearance. The frame finished in Aluminium Silver prominently presents an architectural contrast with the black drivetrain, underscoring the standing of the R nineT Racer as an old-school sports motorcycle designed for “dynamic riding fun on winding roads.”
Features include a potent boxer 1, 170 cc engine that produces 81 kW (110 hp) and meets new EU4 requirements. Its modular frame allows for customizing 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). Brakes are 320mm twin disc at the front and comes with ABS as standard, and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as an option. The exhaust is stainless steel 2-inst syste of (polished in the Racer, brushed in the Pure). High-end details include features such as fork bridges and footrests in forged aluminum.
The R nineT Pure is BMW’s answer to the classic roadster – designed without frills and reduced to the absolute essentials. The design draws on a blend of both classic and modern stylistic elements combined with high-end details such as footrests and fork bridges in forged aluminium.