Two New R nineT Models From BMW - Sort Of

BMW Motorrad continues to expand its R nineT model with two new additions to the 2017 line-up, with the very names invoking the simpler era of riding, Racer and Pure.

The BMW R nineT was introduced in 2013 and reportedly created to mark ‘90 years of BMW Motorrad’. A scrambler version has already been added to the R nineT family, riding onto showroom floors this month. Now the German motorcycle manufacturer have revealed the R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure.

However, these two new models are currently scheduled to only be sold in Germany.

Originally labeling the R nineT as a classic roadster, BMW Motorrad has since created the category of Heritage to classify this range of rides. The inspiration behind the model is the legendary 1923 BMW R 32, with the R nineT roadster offering just the essentials in the vein of classic, old-school half-faired sports motorcycles. These are both concepts that were popular in the 1960s and 1970s and inspire more and more motorcycle enthusiasts today.

The original R nineT has been so successful since its launch in 2013, BMW Motorrad have long promised additional versions of the roadster. As noted, the Scrambler will soon be available worldwide and with this announcement the BMW R nineT Pure as well as R nineT Racer will be launched in Germany in March 2017.


Both share the boxer engine with a capacity of 1 170 cc and an output of 110 hp that meets EU4 requirements. Its modular frame with scope for customizing, allowing individualization according to personal taste and the distinctive look is helped by a 2-in-1 exhaust system made of stainless steel. This is polished on the Racer and brushed on the Pure.

BMW may attach a roadster tag to the R nineT range but the two new models are far from stripped down. High-end details such as fork bridges and footrests in forged aluminum, five-spoke light alloy cast wheels, 3.5 x 17" at front and 5.5 x 17" at rear as well as 320-millimetre twin disc brake at the front and ABS as standard say otherwise.

‘The R nineT Pure embodies the essence of the purist, classic roadster – authentically designed, without frills and reduced to the absolute essentials,’ explains BMW Motorrad. ‘The design draws on a blend of both classic and modern stylistic elements of motorcycle construction combined with high-end details such as footrests and fork bridges in forged aluminum.’

The fuel tank and front mudguard of the BMW R nineT Pure are finished in the color Catalano Grey non-metallic. In combination with black for the suspension and drivetrain, BMW feels this color emphasizes the purist character of the R nineT Pure as a roadster for dynamic, classic riding pleasure on country roads.


The R nineT Racer deliberately arouses memories of the sports motorcycles popular in the early 1970s. Crouched, compact and elongated, it 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.

In Lightwhite non-metallic combined with decor that is reminiscent of past BMW Motorsport colors, the R nineT Racer is particularly light and athletic in appearance. The frame finished in Aluminum 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.

Two optional accessories being highlighted in the BMW R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure press release are the optional wire-spoked wheels and ASC (Automatic Stability Control).

We mentioned earlier, both models are only being sold in Germany for the time being, riding out in March 2017 but who knows where their journey will take these two additions to the R nineT family?

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