2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S

BMW unveils new R nineT with classic enduro feel

BMW R nineT G/S
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/SBMW

BMW has been making big moves with the R nineT line lately, and we couldn't be more excited about it. From the R nineT Pure, to the Racer, and now... the Urban G/S. Having heard whispers... we hoped that BMW would build some retro styled throwback to the R80 G/S, and MAN they did just that!

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 is been virtually synonymous with a sense of freedom and the passion for adventure on two wheels, both on-road and off-road. The R nineT Urban G/S draws on the genes of the very first and legendary BMW R 80 G/S of the year 1980, transporting them into the modern era with contemporary technology in the form of a classic enduro-style BMW motorcycle with boxer engine.

BMW R nineT G/S
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/SBMW

The R nineT Urban G/S is supplied with light alloy cast 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) and also with filigree wired-spoke wheels. 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.

BMW R nineT G/S
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/SBMW

A look at the R nineT Urban G/S reveals it to be the spitting image of its ancestor, and it even reproduces the latter’s color concept virtually without alteration. Just like more than 35 years ago, 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 color combination that interprets the BMW Motorsport colors of former years. This echoing of past times 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 skillfully conveying a sense of classic enduro style. The rear splash guard is mounted just above the front wheel in conjunction with a fork stabilizer.

BMW R nineT G/S
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/SBMW

The highlights of the new BMW R nineT Urban G/S:

  • Potent flat-twin boxer engine with a capacity of 1 170 cc and an output of 81 kW (110 hp) that meets EU4 requirements.
  • Modular frame concepts with scope for customising, allowing individualisation according to personal taste.
  • R nineT with new wired-spoke wheels.
  • R nineT Urban G/S with light alloy cast wheels and 19-inch front wheel in enduro style.
  • 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.
  • High-end details such as fork bridges made of forged aluminium with a clear anodised finish.
  • R nineT in classic roadster design in Blackstorm metallic in conjunction with a black frame and drivetrain.
  • R nineT Urban G/S in the enduro style of the first R 80 G/S dating back to the year 1980.
  • R nineT Urban G/S in Lightwhite non-metallic combined with fuel tank decor in two blue tones with a bright red seat – echoing BMW Motorsport colours of past years.
BMW R nineT G/S
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/SBMW
BMW R nineT G/S
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/SBMW
BMW R nineT G/S
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/SBMW