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2017 BMW adds R nine T models and K reverse


BMW has increased its popular R nineT range unveiling a new bubble-faired Racer roadster with double-pod instruments and naked Pure classic with single-pod instruments.

The bikes, unveiled at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, join the standard R nineT launched in 2013 and the R nineT Scrambler which has just arrived in Australia.

BMW R nineT Pure
BMW R nineT Pure

There is no word when these new models will join them here but they will be available in Europe in March at €12,300 (about $17,900) for the Pure and €13,300 (about $19,400) for the racer. The R nine T costs $23,211 and the Scrambler is $21,480 and since the latter has taken about six months to arrive here, we expect these will arrive in about 12 months.

All models are powered by a Euro 4 compliant 1170cc, air/oil-cooled boxer engine with 81kW of power and married to a six-speed transmission.

Other updates from BMW include Euro 4 engines for the S 1000 RR, R and XR and K 1600 GT.

The 2017 BMW S 1000 range. pure
The 2017 BMW S 1000 range

The RR also gets ABS Pro as a new element of the optional equipment item “Riding Modes Pro”; DTC as standard and a single-seat model with passenger seat cover.

The R has power boosted 3kW to 121kW, 2kg less to  205kg, HP titanium muffler, vibration-free handlebars, lighter rear main frame, ABS Pro option, HP Shift Assistant Pro, light HP forged wheels, multifunction instrument cluster and smaller  fairing.

The XR also boosts power to 121kW and gets the new handlebars, increased payload by 10kg to 444kg and new colours.

The K 1600 GT now comes with optional electronic reverse which riders have been asking for since it was released. It can be activated by a button on the left-handlebar and movement is controlled by pressing the ignition button.

It also gets dynamic electronic adjustment with automatic damping adaptation as standard, Shift Assistant Pro option, new instrument dials and Intelligent Emergency Call option.

2017 BMW K 1600 GT pure
2017 BMW K 1600 GT

Here is the official BMW release on the new R nineT models:

Modular frame with individual scope for customising.

On the suspension side, the R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure make use of the modular steel tubular space frame familiar from the R nineT Scrambler consisting of the three components front main frame, rear main frame and removable passenger frame. The latter provides flexibility to change the appearance and character of the two BMW boxer models according to preference, for example by adding different seats from the range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories. Front wheel control is taken care of by a conventional telescopic fork while at the rear the BMW Paralever comes into use in conjunction with a central spring strut. The five-spoke light alloy cast wheels in the sizes 3.5 x 17″ at the front and 5.5 x 17″ at the rear have tyres in the dimensions 120/70 ZR 17 and 180/55 ZR 17 respectively. 4-piston brake calipers at the front along with floating brake discs with a diameter of 320 millimetres and ABS ensure secure deceleration. In order to prevent the rear wheel from spinning on slippery roads, there is an ASC (Automatic Stability Control) option which is available ex works. Wire-spoked wheels are an option that further emphasise the classic appearance.

R nineT Pure: purist roadster for dynamic, classic riding pleasure on country roads.

BMW R nineT Pure
BMW R nineT Pure

The R nineT Pure embodies the essence of the purist, classic roadster – authentically designed, without frills and reduced to the absolute essentials. The design draws on a blend of both classic and modern stylistic elements of motorcycle construction combined with high-end details such as footrests and fork bridges in forged aluminium with a clear anodised finish.

The fuel tank and front mudguard of the BMW R nineT Pure are finished in the colour Catalano Grey non-metallic. In combination with black for the suspension and drivetrain, this colour emphasises the purist character of the R nineT Pure as a roadster for dynamic, classic riding pleasure on country roads.

R nineT Racer: classic 1970s sports motorcycle feeling

BMW R nineT Racer
BMW R nineT Racer

The R nineT Racer deliberately arouses memories of the sports motorcycles popular in the early 1970s. Crouched, compact and elongated, it conveys a sense of old-school sporty aspiration with its strikingly short half-fairing, hump seat, stub handlebars and set-back footrests, combining this overall impression with modern technology.

In Lightwhite non-metallic combined with decor that is reminiscent of past BMW Motorsport colours, the R nineT Racer is particularly light and athletic in appearance. The frame finished in Aluminium Silver prominently presents an architectural contrast with the black drivetrain, underscoring the standing of the R nineT Racer as an old-school sports motorcycle designed for dynamic riding fun on winding roads.

The highlights of the BMW R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure:BMW R nineT RacerBMW R nineT Racer

  • Potent boxer engine with a capacity of 1 170 cc and an output of 81 kW (110 hp) that meets EU4 requirements.
  • Modular frame with scope for customising, allowing individualisation according to personal taste.
  • Five-spoke light alloy cast wheels, 3.5 x 17″ at front and 5.5 x 17″ at rear (optional wire-spoked 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 made of stainless steel (polished in the Racer, brushed in the Pure).
  • High-end details such as fork bridges and footrests in forged, clear anodised aluminium.
  • R nineT Pure in Catalano Grey non-metallic as a classic, purist roadster.
  • R nineT Racer with half-fairing, hump seat and set-back footrests in the style of a 1970s sports motorcycle.
  • R nineT Racer in Lightwhite non-metallic combined with multi-coloured decor reminiscent of past BMW Motorsport colours, with the frame in Aluminium Silver.