BMW Makes Their Own Cafe Racer – The BMW R NineT Racer
We knew this day was coming, we knew it was coming for long. After all, the demand for a vintage style cafe racer or a scrambler has been dragging every manufacturer to do so. Yamaha recently added yet another motorcycle to their Sport Heritage range and Ducati has been enjoying the success of its Scrambler that, by now has become one of the favourite motorcycles for custom bike builders. BMW introduced the R NineT back in 2014 with the same idea. In fact, out of all the retro-styled-modern-classic motorcycles out there, BMW horizontally opposed boxer twin has one of the most modular construction, allowing for some innovative BMW R NineT customs. While BMW has given customers and bike builders a potentially great platform to build a cafe racer on, the German company could not resit the temptation to bring out their very version of a cafe racer R NineT which they call the BMW R NineT Racer.
There are definite advantages of owning a cafe racer that is directly offered by the manufacturer. The cafe racer bits are insured and always ready in stock no matter how many times you would want to crash the motorcycle (but don’t). There is a standard high quality of finish that comes along with assembly line products too, meaning that what you would be riding won’t be a flimsy motorcycle with plastic and fibre parts hammered out in a small garage (although, that does bring its very own bespoke character to the machine).
Back in 2013, a BMW R NineT custom cafe racer concept was developed in partnership with Roland Sands Design who followed up with a long list of custom parts for the R NineT, while also working with Yamaha on a FZ-09 Yard Built Project. The 70s-inspired BMW R NineT Racer custom that was build by Roland Sands was one beautiful concept machine that is but off-course what BMW’s R NineT racer is based on. But since the RSD motorcycle came out in 2013, we can’t help but wonder what took BMW so long.
The BMW R NineT Racer is a part of BMW Motorrad’s 2017 R NineT line that is also joined by a “Pure” model that will take the naked motorcycle’s experience back to its bare essentials. For the engine, the “Racer” retains the same 1170cc air-cooled boxer-twin from the original roadster, producing around 110hp, now with Euro4 emission standards. ABS comes as standard while BMW’s Automatic Stability Control traction control system is offered as optional. That being said, both the new BMW Roadsters – the R NineT Pure and The R NineT Racer would be missing the beefy upside down forks that are now replaced by conventional ones, and the original’s monobloc radially mounted brakes are also gone and replaced by regular four-pot calipers.
Both the BMW R NineT Pure and Racer editions would be available for sale starting March 2017. The Pure would be priced at Euro 12,300 ($13,800) while the Racer would be little more expensive at Euro 13,300 ($14,900).