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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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…

BMW R nineT (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £11,600
Dealer used prices
£13,400 (2014) - £14,300 (2014)
Private used prices
£12,180 (2014) - £13,000 (2014)
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Engine size 1170 cc
Power 110 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
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Engine rating is 4 rating is 0
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 0
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 0
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

Beautifully engineered, beautifully styled and beautifully put together.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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


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Model History

2014: Model introduced

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Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 88 ft-lb
Weight 222 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1170 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, air-cooled DOHC, 8v boxer twin
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment Sachs 46mm inverted forks, non- adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Shock, spring preload adjustable
Front brakes 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

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Extraordinary Value For Money

Wow only £11,600 (or more like £12,400 as tested) for a bike BMW made mainly from the parts bin. How do they sell them so cheaply? I'm surprised MCN didn't give BMW even more stars for value.

ps you won't be surprised that they sell for less than £9,000 in the States

Still think that Triumph are missing a trick here - bog standard Bonnie costs £6,500 - Triumph should add the front end off a Street Triple, some fatter rubber and beefier swingarm, add an Arrow exhaust and give the engine a tune. Sell them for 9k and nab some sales from BMW

02 April 2014 03:30

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