BMW unwrapped its newest motorcycle in Berlin today, the BMW R Nine T, built to celebrate “90 years of BMW Motorrad.”
BMW R Nine T is powered by an air and oil-cooled Boxer engine with 2-cylinder, 4-stroke flat engine. The same Boxer engine powered BMW’s first ever motorcycle, the 1923 BMW R 32. Its 110hp, 1170cc twin engine delivers a lot of torque as intended – 119Nm at 6,000rpm. R Nine T is capable of going at speed of above 125mph.
R Nine T comes with a tubular steel frame, with Boxer engine doubling as a stressed member of the chassis. Four section frame is made up of one front and three rear sections. Pillion frame is removable for additional customization. The removable rear frame adds space for 6-inch rims according to BMW. Customization is encouraged and expected by BMW for the R Nine T.
The exhaust system on the left side of the bike can be adjusted to lower or raise its position. Two silencers are stacked on top of each to give it a sporty look. With customization being a main theme for the R Nine T, a titanium Akrapovic sports exhaust system can be found in the accessory catalog.
Other notable features include, upside down fork, BMW Motorrad para lever with single-sided swing arm and central spring strut. The shaft drive housing of the Boxer comes with three mounting points and can be used to attach a license plate bracket.
Going back in time R Nine T uses wire-spoke wheels with black anodized alloy, non-flanged rims, black aluminum hubs and stainless steel spokes. Bike gets BWM Motorrad ABS brakes with four-piston radial calipers and 320mm discs on front, and double-piston floating calipers with 265mm discs on the rear. Paying attention to detail, 4.8-gallon aluminum fuel tank has been hand-painted and coated. Overall bike has a Black Storm Metallic paint finish with contrasting silver and metallic highlights. Built to attract young generation of riders, it still pays tribute to previous models.
No word on pricing, but expect to go on sale in the US in early 2014.