BMW R NINE T (2014-on) Review

Published: 26 February 2014

"More than just retro looks and fashion, it goes, stops and handles as well as the best roadsters out there"

BMW R NINE T  (2014-on)

"More than just retro looks and fashion, it goes, stops and handles as well as the best roadsters out there"

  • At a glance
  • 1170cc  -  110 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)
  • New: £11,750
    Used: £9,000 to £19,000 See all BMW R NINE Ts for sale

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

BMW has cleverly embraced the latest retro fashion, drawing on its 90 years of motorcycling experience, innovation and heritage, and the R nineT takes its inspiration from all those BMW road and race bikes of old. But the R nineT is more than just retro looks and fashion. The build quality is superb and the attention to detail impeccable. It goes, stops and handles as well as the best roadsters out there, thanks to its modern chassis, suspension and braking components. But there’s a lovely twist with the old-school air-cooled Boxer engine.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Not only is the nineT quick in a straight line, it handles too, and particularly loves hunkering down into fast, sweeping corners. It’s not the fastest-steering bike in the world, but it’s extremely stable on its side. The front-end feel is superb, thanks to the S1000RR forks, non-adjustable but set-up perfectly. It begs you to let go of the brakes and run into corners just that little bit faster. It’s unflappable in a straight line and ground clearance is excellent.

Engine 4 out of 5

There’s no water-cooling, ride by wire or fussy riding modes or traction control. Instead you get a simple 1170cc, 110bhp engine, endowed with a lovely long spread of power, packed with torque and a top end so strong that, with your chest right on the tank and head buried behind the clocks, it’ll top 135mph. The R nineT’s deep, rumbling voice matches its looks. It burbles through town, pops and bangs on the overrun and bellows at high speed through its twin megaphone silencers.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Beautifully engineered, beautifully styled and beautifully put together.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The only problem now is: can BMW make enough to go round?

Equipment 4 out of 5

In keeping with the nineT’s retro feel, you get ABS and that’s it. Even heated grips are a dealer-fit accessory and black is the only colour…

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their BMW R NINE T (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your BMW R NINE T (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Friendly Bear

27 September 2016 by Token

Perfect weekend bike. One of the best looking production bikes along with Thruxton R. Easy to customise, sounds amazing, tons of personality, ultra smooth power. Not too aggressive when ridden calmly which works well in the city. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Wonderful, seamless power delivery. Great ergonomics and low to the ground. Brakes are massive and work very well. Awesome suspension and fairly cushy standard seat(s).
Engine
5 out of 5
Ultra smooth, rumbly friendly with an angry growl when provoked.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
A fantastic piece of kit. Only minus is the gauges which are plasticky and laughable compared to Thruxton R. R Nine Scrambler gauge is nicer.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Gobbles fuel but not too bad overall.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The Sport option comes with great sounding Akrapovic can, but the standard silencer (also Akrapovic) sound amazing as well. Sport also comes with the hump which is easily swapped out for pillion seat. Heated grips always welcome. Would have loved the full electronics package even if it "goes against the integrity of the bike". Looking forward to swap bits from the Scrambler and other upcoming R Nine T models.
Buying experience

BMW were super helpful, test ride great. Very responsive. (London)

5 out of 5

A keeper

11 May 2016 by Nick

This bike just fixes a grin on your face and collects crowds wherever it is parked. The wiring for the lights is seperate from the main harness and converts to fully LED lighting with no problems. Great base for customization and you rarely see 2... Read more identical 9Ts ... at least not where I live. Loads of aftermarket components and massive scope for personalisation. I'd recommend it to anyone as a commuter or a weekend fun bike, not so hot for long-distance touring.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The ride is a bit hard and the seat is unforgiving, but that's what I expected. It's no long distance tourer so regular coffee stops are required. I have done 3-400 mile days on it and was tired at the end, but that was all over curvy alpine 'B' roads which are its bread and butter. This bike is most at home on A and B roads... had a few emergency stops from relatively high speeds (cars pulling out) the brakes are strong and reassuring.
Engine
5 out of 5
Strong engine with thumping torque .... great fun and a truly wonderful exhaust note. Very strong engine braking so a blip on the throttle when downshifting becomes habit and is rewarded by a beautiful exhaust note. Pops and bangs on over-run which I personally love. Very forgiving and easy to ride.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Beautifully put together, runs flawlessly unless, like me, you accidentally cable-tie the Navigation system harness to the throttle cable and prevent the throttle closing properly. Stupidity is not covered under warranty.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
OK it's not the cheapest bike on the planet, but it's well worth the money IMO.
Equipment
5 out of 5
ABS, heated grips, an alarm and different tank colours. That's pretty much it from the factory. A tail mod is necessary as the OEM tail looks awful, fortunately there are oodles of aftermarket options available. Love that the passenger sub-frame can be completely removed making the bike a single-seater... the whole rear end is modular and bolted together so it can be customised very easily and offers multiple configurations.
Buying experience

It's BMW .... prep, handover etc. flawless.

5 out of 5

Ahhh! - Nine T.

18 August 2015 by miyumiyu21

Great bike, really engaging, great presence and evocative exhaust note. A keeper. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
A rest is required after 120-ish miles on the standard seat. Superb brakes.
Engine
5 out of 5
Beautiful torquey engine, however, water cooled R1200R is much smoother.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Not cheap to buy but as it is a limited edition, it should hold its value well.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Funky clocks that twirl round and back on ignition.
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £11,750
Used price £9,000 to £19,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £200
Performance
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 88 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 1170cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled DOHC, 8v boxer twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 222kg
Front suspension Sachs 46mm inverted forks, non- adjustable
Rear suspension Shock, spring preload adjustable
Front brake 2x320mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x265mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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