Intermot: BMW R nineT Pure joins retro range

Published: 04 October 2016

Joining the ever-growing R nineT family aongisde the Racer is this, the base model in the line-up, dubbed the ‘Pure’.

Stripped of all bells and whistles, it’s the most similar in style to the original R nineT Roadster, but engineered to survive without all the costly elements, making this a dream option for customisers and those operating on a tight budget. As with the rest of the sub-Roadster nineT family, it gets a non-adjustable conventional telescopic fork, lower-spec monoshock on the Paralever swingarm, a steel 17-litre fuel tank, and fewer electronic aids as standard.

Intended as a blank canvas, the Pure also doubles as the ideal budget naked roadster for those tired of endless, complicated spec lists. If you want a pure air/oil-cooled Boxer experience in the most traditional of style incarnations – this is for you. And if you want to rip it to pieces and build your own vision of perfection, this is also for you, as you won’t be discarding or butchering high-end cycle parts in your pursuit.

There’s no word on price, but insiders have suggested it will arrive at circa £9000.

It may be simplistic, but it’s not devoid of style or nice touches. Details such as the footrests and fork bridges are forged aluminium with a clear anodised finish, the brushed stainless steel exhaust with black end cap is neat and fuss-free, and the Pure loses none of the detail around fender braces, seat stays or that lovely big headlamp.

Class and style have not been abandoned for the price tag. While the Racer gets a pair of clocks, the Pure shares the same single central unit with the Scrambler, blending an analogue display with integrated indicator lamps and an LCD panel for all trip meters and other information.

The fuel tank and front mudguard are finished in non-metallic Catalano Grey, which is the only colour option offered, while numerous aluminium surfaces create fascinating contrasts and enhance the classic styling cues. Like the rest of the nineT range – Racer excepted – the modular frame is all black, as are the wheels, while the Pure also has provision for a pillion.

The list of official options is huge, enabling this blank canvas to become whatever you want it to be, without even straying from your BMW dealer’s parts counter – or you can leave it as it is, and enjoy its purity.