BMW retro range set to grow

R nineT ‘Pure’ and ‘Racer’ revealed in secret documents

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At least two further versions of the BMW R nineT are set to go on sale in 2017, just as MCN exclusively revealed earlier this year.

Information from emissions certification paperwork in America shows that the 2017 R nineT line-up will include four models. As well as the R nineT and R nineT Scrambler, there will be new ‘Pure’ and ‘Racer’ versions.


The R nineT Pure is expected to be at the bottom of BMW’s retro boxer range. Sharing the 110bhp, 1170cc air-cooled engine as the rest of the range, its suspension and brakes will be stripped back to bring the price below £9000. The current Scrambler costs £10,530, with the R nineT coming in at £11,900.

As well as exposing the R nineT to a wider audience, the Pure will provide custom builders with a clean sheet at a lower cost.

American emissions certification documents clearly list the new R nineT models

The Racer is expected to sit at the other end of the range. Styled as a homage to the R90 S, and looking rather like the Roland Sands Concept 90 of 2013, it’s to be a sporty, part-faired take on the theme. Expect clip-on bars, a small Imola-style nose cowl, a café racer-style seat unit, and a price tag somewhere nearer the R nineT Roadster – but as this bike will still feature lower-spec suspension and cycle parts, we’d expect a price ticket of around £10,500.

The documents so far don’t mention a third new R nineT derivative, which is to be a GS-inspired machine similar to the Lac Rose concept. That might suggest that the R nineT GS features a retuned engine, and as such will be subject to separate emissions certification, or that it won’t appear until later in 2017.


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Ben Purvis

By Ben Purvis