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BMW R nineT goes urban and enduro

BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S
BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S

BMW has updated the R nineT and extended the popular range with the Urban G/S which is a more refined roadster as well as a slightly more enduro-purposed bike.

It joins the base R nineT, Scrambler and the newly unveiled Pure naked and Racer with bubble fairing.

The new models were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan alongside the new G 310 GSupdated R 1200 GS, F 800 models and K 1600 GTS with reverse as well as ConnectedRide technologies.

There is no confirmation yet from BMW Motorrad Australia when the bikes are scheduled locally, but it took almost a year for the Scrambler to arrive.

2017 R nine T

The base model now comes with fully adjustable upside-down forks for better handling and steering and classic speed wire wheels.

The R nineT also receives a new catalytic convertor and ECU to comply with the Euro 4 pollution requirements. Power remains the same at 81kW, but torque is marginally down from 119Nm to 116Nm.

Other changes include totally separate twin instrument pods for more classic styling, black Paralever swingarm and, for the first time, a choice of colours.BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S

There’s Blackstorm metallic/Vintage with hand painted yellow starting number “21” on the tank or Blueplanet metallic/Aluminium with a golden surround on the tank and hump.

R nineT Urban G/S

Perhaps the most awaited model will be the Urban G/S variant that will take this beast from the urban streets into slightly dirtier areas.

It gets conventional forks with gators, bigger 19-inch front tyre (120/70 ZR 19), narrower 170/60 ZR 17 rear tyre, high GS fender, but surprisingly it stays with cast alloy wheels.

BMW R nineT Urban G/S
BMW R nineT Urban G/S

However, you can order it with wire wheels and knobby tyres.

Don’t get too aggressive on the dirt, as suspension spring travel is unchanged at 120mm.

It comes with four-piston brake calipers, steel-wrapped brake lines, 320mm disc diameter and ABS.

Automatic Stability Control will be available as an ex-works option and it features a two-into one exhaust system rather than the twin of the base model.

Styling cues come from the original R 80 GS BMW Motorsport with the fuel tank and high front mudguard in Lightwhite non-metallic, with a matching headlamp mask, two-tone blue fuel tank, red double seat and a black frame

For classic styling consistency it gets a single instrument pod for analogue speedometer with a two-line LCD screen.