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 been synonymous with freedom and the passion for adventure, both on-road and off-road. The R nineT Urban G/S draws inspirtation from the first and legendary 1980 BMW R 80 G/S, transporting it into the modern era with contemporary technology in the form of a classic enduro-style BMW motorcycle with boxer engine.
Both of the new BMW Heritage 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 new BMW R nineT Urbnan G/S is designed to meet the requirements of the EU4 pollutant class. The stainless steel exhaust system 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 BMW boxer model 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 new 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.
The R nineT Urban G/S is supplied with filigree wired-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.
At first glance the new RnineT Urban G/S looks like the spitting image of its ancestor, and it even reproduces the latter’s colour concept virtually without alteration. As with its ancestor, 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 the past 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.
Distinctive, air-cooled boxer engine for classic motorcycle enjoyment and dynamic riding fun.
The longitudinally mounted 2-cylinder boxer engine with power transmission via universal-shaft drive has been synonymous with BMW motorcycles for more than 90 years. Like no other motorcycle engine, the air-cooled
BMW Motorrad boxer power unit enthrals riders with its unmistakable and authentic design, its powerful torque and its unique, throaty sound.
The BMW R nineT and the R nineT Urban G/S both feature the familiar air/oil-cooled boxer engine with 101-millimetre bore and 73-millimetre stroke, creating a capacity of 1 170 cc. Its peak output is 81 kW at 7 750 rpm and the maximum torque of 116 Nm goes on stream at 6 000 rpm, with a maximum engine speed of 8 500 rpm.
The new BMW R nineT Urban G/S has been designed to meet the requirements of the EU4 pollutant class. This involved fitting the motorcycle with such features as a new engine mapping, a fuel system with carbon canister for fuel tank ventilation and an exhaust system with an altered catalytic converter that has a larger cross-section.
Control of the four valves is via two overhead chain-driven camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder. Valve activation is taken care of by very light and therefore speed-resistant rocker arms, and valve clearance compensation is by means of light hemispherical shims. Power transmission to the rear wheel is via the well-established 6-speed gearbox and the universal-shaft drive.
Individually designed exhaust systems for a powerful boxer sound and an authentic look.
The exhaust system in stainless steel, with rear silencer on the left-hand side, likewise contribute to creating a classic BMW with air-cooled boxer engine in the roadster and enduro style respectively. The snugly fitting rear silencer of the R nineT Urban G/S reflects the philosophy of the original GS as a masterly, authentic variation on the BMW boxer theme for light off-road use.
The exhaust system has an electric servomotor and an acoustic valve controlled by opening and closing cables so as to meet the desire for a sonorous boxer sound while still complying with the noise emissions directive ECE R41-04. What is more, a large-size catalytic converter ensures even more effective exhaust gas cleaning.
The range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories also gives customers various individualisation exhaust system options so as to be able to adapt the character of the motorcycle entirely according to personal taste.
Modular frame concepts with wide-ranging variation options.
The new R nineT Urban G/S responds to the desire on the part of many motorcycle fans to be able to make technical and visual modifications – commonly known as customising – by providing a steel tubular space frame concept.
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. The frame components are bolted onto one another.
R nineT Urban G/S with classic telescopic fork and gaiters.
In keeping with the style of a classic enduro bike, a conventionally structured telescopic fork with a tube diameter of 43 millimetres and a spring travel of 125 millimetres performs the function of front wheel control in the R nineT Urban G/S. As was common in enduro models in the past, classic rubber gaiters protect the exposed, sensitive slide areas of the fork tubes from stone impact.
The R nineT Urban G/S: echoing the original, classic enduro feeling of a bygone era.
BMW GS – a concept that has been an integral part of the motorcycling world for more than 35 years and has beccome synonymous with freedom and the desire for adventure among both on-road and off-road motorcycle fans. The unparalleled career of BMW GS began in 1980 with the launch of the R 80 G/S.
At the time it was not only the first large-series enduro with two cylinders, it also established itself as the first serial-production BMW with a single-sided rear swinging arm, the so-called BMW Monolever, later leading to the development of the BMW Paralever.
The hallmark features of the 37kW founder of the universal category of travel enduro bikes included its technical conception as being suitable for off-road riding but also its colour scheme. White was drawn from the palette of
BMW Motorsport colours at the time, while the seat was finished in a striking bright red.
The R nineT Urban G/S revives the traditional colour concept of the first R 80 G/S.
At first glance the R nineT Urban G/S is the spitting image of its ancestor, and it reproduces the latter’s colour concept virtually without alteration. As was the case with its ancestor 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.
Like its role model, 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. The light alloy cast wheels and drivetrain are likewise finished in black.
Slim, wiry and perfect for relaxed gliding along country roads or for light off-road excursions.
With its narrow front silhouette combined with the classic circular headlamp and the headlamp mask, the R nineT Urban G/S has a look of agility, dynamic performance and supreme riding on many terrain types. Its wiry appearance is further reinforced by the narrow 19-inch front wheel and the light impression of the rear section.