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)
  • £11,600

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.

Value & Running Costs 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…

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £11,600
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
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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