BMW Motorrad has officially launched the BMW R nineT in India. The R nineT was launched to commemorate 90 years of BMW’s two-wheeler presence. Inspired from BMW’s 90S of the 70’s era this cafe racer combines the best of the naked street bikes BMW is famous for today and the glorious cafe racer it had back in the time. The bike itself is minimal in terms of designing -by BMW’s standards- and does exude that old school feel. While the front looks simplistic with the round headlamp, the side profile looks interesting. The huge fuel tank swoops into the rider’s seat which then gets a silver support. So is the R nineT just good looks or more, lets find out.
The BMW R nineT has been launched in India at a price of Rs. 23.5 lakhs (ex-showroom)
Specifications and Features:
The tail section of the bike makes it distinctively look like a cafe racer while the retro “oomph factor” is also maintained by:
- Spoke wheels
- Round headlamp
- Analogue clocks
while the modernisation of the bike can be seen in the:
- USD front forks
- Akrapovic sourced dual upset mufflers
- Hand brushed aluminium intake ducts
According to BMW Motorrad, the R nineT was designed in such a manner that customers could customise the bike with varying range of aftermarket accessories. An interesting feature of the bike is its removable pillion frame, which enables the rider to ride it as a dual-seater, fit the aluminium cowl to make it a single-seater or completely remove the rear part of the seat to run as a solo-seater.
The BMW R nineT comes with a 1170cc engine which is an air-cooled flat-twin unit. The engine is capable of producing 110 BHP of power at 7550 RPM while peak torque is rated at 119 Nm at 6000 RPM. The powerplant is mated to a 6-speed transmission and power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a cardan shaft drive. The R nineT reaches a top speed of 200 KMPH while it also returns a decent fuel economy figure of 22 KMPL (under standard conditions).
Presently the BMW R nineT is only available in a dual-tone shade of black and silver. Bookings for the bike have started with deliveries expected to commence from August onward and is currently only available at the BMW Motorrad dealership in Mumbai while it is expected to be on sale in dealerships at Delhi and Bangalore soon.
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