BMW's new R nineT is commemorative and customizable

Publish Date: 
Oct 17, 2013
By Beth Dolgner

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – BMW is celebrating “90 Years of BMW Motorrad” with the new BMW R nineT, a roadster designed to have a hand-built retro look and elements that are easy to customize.

The bike will be available in early spring of 2014, and an MSRP announcement is forthcoming.

The R nineT is powered by an 1170cc flat twin boxer engine that produces 110hp. The left-side exhaust has two silencers, and BMW Motorrad accessories allow owners to swap out the stock kit for other configurations, including a titanium Akrapovic system.

Other options can alter the length of the connecting pipe and the height at which the silencers sit.

In fact, the entire R nineT seems to have been designed with customizing in mind, though BMW says they are making way not just for their own replacement pieces, but for those from aftermarket manufacturers, as well.

The subframe is removable to switch from two-up capabilities to a café racer look, complete with aluminum tail cover. The single-sided swingarm is designed to accommodate a 17-inch wheel with a six-inch width for riders who want to go slightly bigger (stock is 5.5 inches).

Even the tubular frame itself is broken into two pieces — a front main frame and a rear main frame — so the rear section can be unbolted and replaced with an alternative piece.

The electrical system was also configured with customizing in mind, and it will accommodate other electrical components for easier swapping of things like headlights and turn signals.

With such attention to making customizing easy, it comes as no surprise that BMW is ready with a long list of options. A custom R nineT seat, carbon engine covers, a carbon front fender, heated grips, LED turn signals and bags for the tank and rear are part of the list. Even the rider is customizable, since BMW suggests gearing up with the BMW Motorrad Style Vintage collection.

The spoked wheels on the R nineT preserve the old-school look, but the inverted forks come from the BMW S 1000RR for new-school suspension. But where BMW really takes the retro feel to heart is in the tank and body. The tank is brushed by hand and then coated, while the forged aluminum throughout the motorcycle is glass bead-blasted before getting a natural anodized finish. All of that is capped with a classic round headlight.

Media images courtesy of BMW Motorrad USA.