The New BMW R nine T

The Essence of 90 Thrilling Years of BMW Motorrad

By Jerry Smith, Photography by BMW

It’s BMW’s 90th birthday, but you get the present. Created to commemorate “90 Years of BMW Motorrad,” the new R nine T is a mashup of BMW’s iconic boxer twin and classic design features of bygone eras of motorcycling, spiced with cutting-edge technology and a modular concept that offers a wide range of customizing opportunities.

At the heart of the R nine T is the direct descendant of the boxer engine in BMW’s very first bike, the 1923 R32. The 1170cc air/oil-cooled twin pumps out 110 horsepower at 7550 rpm and 88 lb-ft of torque at 6000. It also acts as a load-bearing element of the R nine T’s tubular-steel spaceframe, which consists of a front frame section with an integral steering head and a rear section with the swingarm mounting. The rear pillion frame and frame end-piece are removable for a leaner, more custom look.

Two mufflers on the left side of the R nine T, stacked vertically, evoke a classic sport roadster while leaving room for customization with BMW’s accessory range. One option is a titanium Akrapovic muffler; by installing a long or short connecting pipe, the muffler can be mounted in a lowered or raised position.

BMW’s signature telelever front end is replaced on the R nine T by an upside-down telescopic fork borrowed from the S1000RR superbike. The rear suspension is a paralever single-sided swingarm with a central spring strut. The rear-axle drive housing comes with brackets for mounting the license plate/taillight on one side, and the swingarm is made to allow swapping out the stock 5.5-inch-wide wheel for a 6-inch-wide one. Wire-spoke wheels with black-anodized non-flanged rims, black aluminum hubs, and stainless steel spokes are standard, along with radial four-piston monoblock calipers and floating 320mm rotors. ABS is standard.

There’s no word yet on the R nine T’s release date or price, but if you don’t already have a deposit on one you might be out of luck.

By Jerry Smith
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