2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer

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2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer

Post by Alan Coles on Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:25 am

Looks like I'm going to have even more temptation soon. ;-)

BMW just announced two new "Heritage" models in Europe. No word in NA yet, but it appears that Oct 15 is the anticipated US pricing release date. My calculations suggest that the R nineT Racer (my favourite) will likely be priced between $14,600-$14,900 CDN.







Articles:
Rider Magazine article

CycleWorld article - 2017 BMW R nineT Racer Is A Thing Of Beauty

Overview:
BMW UK Overview

Specs:
BMW UK Technical Data
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Re: 2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer

Post by victoryguy on Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:11 am

Is there room in your garage ?
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Re: 2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer

Post by keng on Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:43 pm

It somewhat resembles the R90S that Helmut Dahne rode in the 1976 Isle of Mann. See the October issue of BMWONS, page 38!
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Re: 2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer

Post by Alan Coles on Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:55 pm

victoryguy wrote:Is there room in your garage ?
No. However, that's only a minor detail. ;-)

keng wrote:It somewhat resembles the R90S that Helmut Dahne rode in the 1976 Isle of Mann. See the October issue of BMWONS, page 38!
Certainly has a good bloodline resemblance to the past but also a very nice refresh.

I think what I like about it most is that I see the R nineT Racer as probably being a very good, possibly great, real-world bike for spirited back-road riding. Just a notch above or on par with the better "standard" bikes on the market today. It appears to be good in all the right places.

There are plenty of rockets out there whether they be any of the past almost two decades of Hayabusa, the new Kawazaki 300hp Ninja, etc., that will slam your eyeballs into the back of your skull. Many Ducatis, BMWs (S1000RR), etc., will brake, handle and accelerate very close to Suoerbike levels on the street, but all of these are fairly narrowly focused and definitely wasted on public roads. I see the R nineT Racer as having the right combination of features to possibly be a truly fun bike to ride all through NS, and possibly even for extended rides provided one's wrists and back were up to the ergonomics. ;-)
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Re: 2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer

Post by NSKayaker on Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:25 pm

Rider mag has a brief blurb on them as well. http://ridermagazine.com/2016/10/06/2017-bmw-r-ninet-pure-and-racer-first-look-review/

Being somewhat cynical I would have to say it's a good way for BMW to used up the older oilhead engines.

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Re: 2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer

Post by Alan Coles on Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:45 pm

I agree 100% Alan.

Due to it's design (cylinder head and cooling), the Camhead can't generate sufficient HP/TQ and fuel economy while meeting future emissions to be competitive in the mainstream bike market, but it can do very well in these niche market segments where absolute power and economy aren't very high up on the must-have list of potential buyers.

I think it's a great way for them to use a really good engine that has all the kinks worked out of it and has already gone through it's depreciation write-down phase, so they don't have any residual cost to recover. The only issue then becomes if the manufacturing process required for the Hexhead is any more expensive than that of the Wethead, otherwise, it allows them to provide Boxers at a price that is more attractive than ever before while still complying with the new emissions requirements.
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