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The new BMW R nineT now available in South Africa.
Thu May 18 14:00:08 CEST 2017 Press Release
When BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013, it was clearly more than just a roadster based on a classic role model. From the outset, the R nineT combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with sophisticated craftsmanship. In numerous components, the model also reflected the R nineT team's fond attention to detail. The new R nineT likewise radiates this boutique manufacturing character, supported by a range of optimised features.
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The new R nineT: refined roadster with boutique manufacturing character and boxer feeling in a classic enduro outfit.
When BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013, it was clearly more than just a roadster based on a classic role model. From the outset, the R nineT combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with sophisticated craftsmanship, as demonstrated by the aluminium fuel tank with brushed side surfaces, for example. In numerous components, the model also reflected the R nineT team's fond attention to detail. The new R nineT likewise radiates this boutique manufacturing character, supported by a range of optimised features.
The new R models feature the potent, air/oil-cooled boxer engine with a capacity of 1 170 cc and an output of 81 kW combined with a 6-speed gearbox. The two variants are both designed to meet the requirements of the EU4 pollutant class. Their exhaust systems in stainless steel with the tailpipe positioned on the left reflects classic styling.
Modular frame concepts with individual scope for customising.
Modular frame concepts provide great scope for altering the appearance and character of the two BMW boxer models according to individual preference, for example by adding different seats from the range of BMW Motorrad accessories. In the R nineT, the frame comprises four components as before: a front main frame, a rear main frame, a removable end piece and a detachable passenger frame.
R nineT now with fully adjustable upside-down fork and optimised suspension geometry.
As before, a high-quality upside-down telescopic fork takes care of front wheel control in the new R nineT, though this is now designed as a fully adjustable component. With a view to even greater steering precision, directional stability and cornering neutrality, the new edition of the R nineT has also been optimised in terms of suspension geometry.
The R nineT now has wired-spoke wheels in the dimensions 3.5 x 17 inches and 5.5 x 17 inches respectively, with tyres in the sizes 120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 180/55 ZR 17. As before, radially mounted 4-piston monoblock brake calipers ensure sound, ABS-regulated deceleration in conjunction with floating brake discs.
The new R nineT: purist roadster with boutique manufacturing character and the option of individual colours ex works.
In its new edition, the R nineT once more features the laid-back elegance and proportions of a classic BMW roadster. From all angles, the R nineT is defined by a blend of classic and modern elements of motorcycle design style combined with high-quality surfaces.
While the instrument cluster of the R nineT previously comprised two circular instruments for speedometer and engine speed display, perfectly integrated in the classic layout, the new design now features two separate instrument casings for an even more impressive appearance.
Nothing has changed in the new edition of the R nineT in terms of its boutique manufacturing character and there are numerous details which fans will love: these include the 18-litre aluminium fuel tank with elaborately brushed side surfaces, the aluminium trim panel featuring an embossed R nineT inscription which runs across the air intake duct on the right-hand side and much more besides.
While the R nineT conveyed its classic character in virtually perfect style with Blackstorm metallic combined with silver and metallic contrasts, the new R nineT nonetheless manages to go one better in this regard: to match the black-coated components such as the frame and engine housing, the Paralever swinging arm and the housing of the rear-wheel drive are now also finished in black.
For the first time, two individual paint finishes with boutique manufacturing character are available for the R nineT ex works as optional equipment items. In this way, BMW Motorrad has expanded the customising range to include the area of paintwork for the first time. The special paint finish “Blackstorm metallic / Vintage” underscores the boutique manufacturing character of the aluminium fuel tank in Blackstorm metallic / silver with a yellow application bearing the start number “21”. The latter is applied by hand and gives the bike a refined used look. The model is supplied with an aluminium hump seat and passenger pad.
The second special paint finish “Blueplanet metallic / Aluminium” emphasises the classically refined character of the R nineT with a touch of fresh style. Based on the clear-finished aluminium fuel tank with ground weld seam and aluminium hump seat – both hand-brushed – the centre section of the fuel tank and hump are finished in Blueplanet metallic with a golden surround. The colour Blueplanet metallic is also to be found on the front mudguard.
The highlights of the new BMW R nineT:
- Potent flat-twin boxer engine with a capacity of 1 170 cc and an output of 81 kW that meets EU4 requirements.
- Modular frame concepts with scope for customising, allowing individualisation according to personal taste.
- R nineT with new wired-spoke wheels.
- 320-millimetre twin disc brake at the front.
- ABS as standard.
- ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as an ex works option.
- 2-in-1 exhaust system.
- High-end details such as fork bridges made of forged aluminium with a clear anodised finish.
- R nineT in classic roadster design in Blackstorm metallic in conjunction with a black frame and drivetrain.
- Two-part seat (seat height: 805 mm; step length: 1,785 mm)
- One key system for ignition, steering, fuel filler cap and seat locks
- Integrated ignition and steering lock
- Pillion passenger foot pegs with pillion frame can be removed
- Brake lever and clutch lever adjustable – multiple settings
- On-board literature and tools
Price: R187, 990
Aluminum Fuel Tank with Visible Weave Weld
For any questions on this press release, please contact BMW Group South Africa’s Group Communications Division as follows:
BMW Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd
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