Ride Along Review on the BMW R nineT Pure

A video commute on the simplest of the nineT models

How good have motorcycles become? So good that we want them to be worse. And yes, I know, there are lots of things about modern bikes that are great. Good brakes, easy starting, safety features like ABS and traction control, comfortable seats, heated grips—the list goes on. But what new bikes are sometimes missing is the raw feeling of riding a machine.

Because a lot of what is so rewarding about riding motorcycles is partnering with the machine, and feeling like you’ve connected. If a clutch is too perfect, or the engine doesn’t vibrate at all you somehow feel less welcomed by the bike. (This is part of the problem with electric motorcycles, incidentally.) BMW’s R nineT Pure has no such problems. The whole R nineT lineup, in fact—we love it because it has good brakes and safety features and all of the other things a modern bike should have, but it’s also brawny and raw and unsophisticated in exactly the right way. With any luck that has come across in this video. To read more about the R nineT (and how it compares to Triumph’s Thruxton R), see the link below.

The R nineT’s power curve isn’t perfect, but you can see that power increases in a very linear way, and no matter where you are in the revs you’ll have at least 60 pound-feet of torque on tap. And that’s a lot.Zack Courts


PRICE $11,995
WEIGHT 485 lb. (220kg)
FUEL CAPACITY 4.5 gal. (17L)
SEAT HEIGHT 31.7 in. (805mm)
MEASURED HORSEPOWER 96.5 @ 7,610 rpm
MEASURED TORQUE 74.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,090 rpm