Old school meets new tech as BMW R nine T refreshed for '21

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BMW have updated the R nine T range with a cleaner engine and much improved set of rider aids while maintaining the classic looks. First introduced in 2013, the retro roadster market has boomed over the last seven years, resulting in a line up that’s swelled to include the R nineT Pure, Scrambler and Urban G/S as well as the original, full fat machine.

The R nine T gets cleaner engines for 2021

The beating heart of range is an updated 1170cc engine that’s been modified both for cleaner running and a slightly stronger midrange. Peak power is down ever so slightly (107bhp down from 108bhp) but it arrives 500rpm sooner, while peak torque is exactly the same at 85.5ftlbs @ 6000rpm. Modifications to the cylinder heads have resulted in a more efficient burn, which not only helps reduce emissions but also generates a little more torque with BMW claiming a fatter torque curve from 4000 – 6000rpm.

Cruise control feature on the 2021 BMW R nine T

The electronics department is arguably where the biggest change has come. The entire range now benefits from ABS Pro (cornering ABS) and Dynamic Brake Control (throttle shuts under heavy braking) as standard. The throttle is also now ride by wire, which unlocks some lovely creature comforts like cruise control, as well as ‘Pro’ riding modes. If you buy the optional pro modes on the R nine T and Pure, you get Dynamic mode, which has a more responsive throttle and less intrusive traction control and ABS. On the Urban G/S and Scrambler you get ‘Dirt’ mode, which is essentially like Enduro mode on the GS – it allows plenty of rear wheel slip and far less ABS intervention on the rear wheel but it won’t let it completely spin up or lock up.

LED lighting on 2021 BMW R nine T

Elsewhere there are some other smaller electronic updates including a new dash, LED lights a USB charger. The rear shock has also benefitted from a small update with new damping that’s supposed to be more comfortable at the end of the travel and an easy preload adjuster.

BMW have also added loads of the ‘Option 719’ accessories if you want to go mad and just like the GS models, there’s also a 40th anniversary Urban G/S too.

All the bikes will be in dealers by the spring of next year with pricing as follows: R nine T £13,150, R nine T Pure £10,960, R nine T Scrambler £11,515, R nine T Urban GS £11,515.

Full 2021 BMW R nine T model range

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.