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The new BMW R nineT Urban G/S now available in South Africa.

The new R nineT Urban G/S is quite different in style but equally classic in character. For more than 35 years, the abbreviation GS in conjunction with BMW Motorrad is been synonymous with freedom and adventure, both on-road and off-road. The R nineT Urban G/S draws its inspiration from the legendary 1980 BMW R 80 G/S.

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The new R nineT Urban G/S: 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.

The new R nineT Urban G/S is quite different in style but equally classic in character. For more than 35 years, the abbreviation GS in conjunction with BMW Motorrad has become synonymous with freedom and the passion for adventure, both on-road and off-road. The R nineT Urban G/S draws on the genes of the first 1980 BMW R 80 G/S, transporting them into the modern era with contemporary technology in the form of a classic enduro-style BMW motorcycle with boxer engine.

The new BMW Heritage model features 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 new BMW R nineT Urban G/S is designed to meet the requirements of the EU4 pollutant class. Its exhaust system is 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 Urban G/S the frame consists of three components: a front and rear main frame with integrated end piece and a passenger frame.

R nineT Urban G/S with suspension in enduro style.

In the R nineT Urban G/S there is a conventional telescopic fork at the front while the BMW Paralever is applied in conjunction with a central spring strut at the rear, as in the R nineT.

The R nineT Urban G/S is supplied with cross-spoke wheels. The large 19‑inch front wheel with 120/70 ZR 19 tyre is in keeping with the typical enduro-style look of a classic bike. This is matched perfectly at the rear with a 17-inch wheel bearing a 170/60 ZR 17 tyre.

The new BMW boxer can be ordered ex works with the optional extra of deep-treaded off-road tyres which further enhances its classic style (standard trim: road tyres). With 4-piston brake calipers, steel-wrapped brake lines and a brake disc diameter of 320 millimetres, a high-performance ABS brake system here again ensures effective and stable deceleration. In order to prevent the rear wheel from spinning on slippery roads, there is the option of ASC (Automatic Stability Control) which is available ex works. 

R nineT Urban G/S: traditional colouring and styling in the style of the first BMW R 80 G/S.

A look at the R nineT Urban G/S reveals it to be the spitting image of its ancestor, and it even reproduces the latter’s colour concept virtually without alteration. Just like more than 35 years ago, the fuel tank and the high-positioned front mudguard are finished in striking Lightwhite non-metallic, with a matching headlamp mask whose styling is geared entirely towards the BMW G/S style of that era. As before, the R nineT Urban G/S features fuel tank decor in two tones of blue and a two-man seat in bright red – a colour combination that interprets the BMW Motorsport colours of former years. This echoing of past times is supported by a frame finished in black.

Harmoniously matching the headlamp mask, the instrument cluster consists of a speedometer designed as an analog circular instrument, indicator lamps and a two-line LCD screen. High-end details also characterise the R nineT Urban G/S. These include the numerous aluminium forged parts such as fork bridges, the clamp for the aluminium double-butted tubular handlebars and much more besides.

One interesting detail solution in terms of creating a classic enduro look is the dual-section front mudguard. The front splash guard is attached to the lower fork bridge, thereby skilfully conveying a sense of classic enduro style. The rear splash guard is mounted just above the front wheel in conjunction with a fork stabiliser.


The highlights of the new BMW R nineT Urban G/S:

  • 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 Urban G/S with cross spoke wheels and 19-inch front wheel in enduro style.
  • 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 Urban G/S in the enduro style of the first R 80 G/S dating back to the year 1980.
  • R nineT Urban G/S in Lightwhite non-metallic combined with fuel tank decor in two blue tones with a bright red seat – echoing BMW Motorsport colours of past years.


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