MEET THE R NINE T URBAN G/S15.11.2016
For more than 35 years, the abbreviation GS in conjunction with BMW Motorrad has 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 1980, transported into the modern era with contemporary technology in the form of a classic enduro-style BMW motorcycle with boxer engine.
Modular frame concepts provide great scope for altering the appearance and character of BMW boxer models according to individual preference, for example by adding different seats from the range of BMW Motorrad accessories. In the R nineT Urban G/S the frame consists of three components: a front and rear main frame with integrated end piece and a passenger frame.
In the R nineT Urban G/S there is a conventional telescopic fork at the front while the BMW Paralever is applied in conjunction with a central spring strut at the rear, as in the R nineT.
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 four-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.
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 colour concept virtually without alteration. Just like more than 35 years ago, the fuel tank and the high-positioned front mudguard are finished in strikingnon-metallic Lightwhite, 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 shades of blue and a two-man seat in bright red – a colour combination that interprets the BMW Motorsport colours 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 skilfully conveying a sense of classic enduro style. The rear splash guard is mounted just above the front wheel in conjunction with a fork stabiliser.