BMW R Nine T Celebrates 90 Years of Motorcycling at NAIAS

BMW R Nine T Motorcycle

BMW did more than bring a bunch of hot new cars to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The company brought its BMW R Nine T motorcycle to the show, as well- and made it all too easy to share these beautiful, high-res photos by including them in their NAIAS press kits.

Powered by a 1200 cc boxer twin, the BMW R Nine T (nine-t, get it?) is built with an eye towards customization. Initially offered with a few different seat variants (two-up, cafe racer, and street fighter), the company hopes fans of the Roundel will eventually see the R Nine T the way Harley buyers see their bikes. Which is to say, as blank canvases to make their own by buying lots of BMW-branded accessories. Expect to see exhaust, handlebar, and tank options in the near future, then.

Also, chrome. Lots of chrome.

You can find out more about the BMW R Nine T by reading the official NAIAS press release, below, or heading over to BMW’s Motorrad website. I’ll save you the trouble, though, and just give you the important numbers: 110 HP, 88 lb-ft of TQ, 52 MPG.

 

Fascination and emotion: The BMW R nineT.

On the occasion of the anniversary “90 Years of BMW Motorrad”, the BMW R nineT – or simply nineT – is presenting itself in a classic but nevertheless ultra modern form. The “cafe racer” combines the original charm of the 81 kW (110 hp) boxer engine and puristic design vocabulary from various BMW Motorrad eras with innovative technology and a modular concept that offers maximum possibilities for individualization.

The tubular trellis front and rear frame constitutes a vital aspect of the motorcycle’s construction. The easily removable pillion frame, which permits riding solo or with a passenger, and with the optionally available hump, the BMW R nineT even exudes the flair of the vintage “cafe racer”. Featuring an upside-down telescopic fork at the front and Evo Paralever rear-wheel guide, it builds on high-grade suspension technology coupled with classic looks.

Manufactory character and strong emotions are reflected in the aluminum tank with side surfaces that are elaborately hand-brushed and then coated. Moreover, the BMW R nineT exudes a high level of craftsmanship and quality thanks to numerous forged aluminum parts. The Blackstorm metallic finish matches the puristic design and sophisticated surfaces.

 

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

BMW R9T Motorcycle

Images and video courtesy of BMW.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.