Even if it means rushing into neo-retro, you might as well go head into the bubble and handle in the corner. BMW excels in the field. Drawing on the success of the NineT since 2014, the Heritage range now has no less than 5 models. The original 1200 NineT, the Scrambler, the Pure, the Urban G / S, and to be sporty, the Racer. Gentlemen of the Joe BAR Team and arsouilleurs of the 70s, your descendants are there.
We knew the enormous strike force of BM and its executive side with the violent S 1000 RR. With the NineT 1200 Racer, it’s a different melody. We are witnessing the renaissance of sport in the old way. And what a face! No need to add salt or spices, the dish is presented in the most beautiful way. Seemable charm, a smeared color that appeals to you, a splash of war paint to honor the BMW Motorsport racing department, and we dive into the atmosphere. This Racer brings back to life the beautiful period of seventies racing motorcycles, filigree dream of the R 90 S, and reminds us of the Ninety concept presented in 2013. We suspected that this style study would lead to a sequel…
An old-fashioned fork crown, a seat cowl, a racing decoration – here you are in tune with the old-school sports car. Ultra-short summary of the situation that only allows you to see the 1200 Racer. Under this dress, the technical underwear is those of the NineT Scrambler, with a shorter wheelbase and more road shoes. But before returning to the technology, let’s take a tour of the grinding wheel to discover its specificities.
Because a dress-up game would only be too light to be justified. The BMW has taken care of a few elements to maintain a certain rank. Including a driving position that must be typified. The NineT Racer lengthens its rider with a pair of rearsets and straps merging with the upper triple tree. A beautiful piece in forged aluminum, perforated between the column and the fork tubes. To complete the mind and lift the egoïsme, the rear revels in the transformation. Originally, the saddle is single-seater, completed with the aluminum seat cowl. As it is a NineT, the rear frame consists of a removable passenger frame; it is thus possible to mount in addition the paraphernalia to embark a passenger. Or give free rein to your imagination to create a personalized stern.
We will not be entitled to sport jars for brake and clutch fluids. To console themselves, the instrumentation is vintage; and it’s fun. In any case, an airbus-style cockpit would have no place here. Analogue is in the spotlight, with two beautiful round counters and two needles to monitor speed and engine speed. The rest, who cares when pleasure scares all other consideration. But if the return to reality brings you back to on-board information, each instrument takes care of a digital window. Still convenient for checking the time, gear engaged, remaining range, daily mileage, maintenance interval as well as average speed and fuel consumption.
A machine with a neo-retro sauce is more or less today’s technology with the ecstasy of yesteryear. And when we see the front end of NineT Racer, we can let the doubt settle. Is it showing sufficiency to install a classic fork on a racy motorcycle like this? An inverted model would assert the sportiness of the machine much more! Radial calipers would also be required. But …… wouldn’t that be betraying the spirit of vintage? Shouldn’t a motorcycle arousing the passion of yesteryear, and rightly so, be equipped with solutions similar to the time it endorses? ?
Freedom allows this kind of questioning, debate, lightness or openness. Because if we stick to the facts, we would only see a concern for economy. Let everyone judge; let’s all grab that classic 43mm fork. Neither inverted nor Telelever, just adequate to hold 4 piston axial brake calipers. At the rear, we find the traditional Paralever gimbal. Take the opportunity to gauge the color duo affixed to the mechanical parts: black for the single-sided swingarm, fork sleeves, rims, levers and engine – gray or metal for the cylinder head covers, the tubes of the frame and foot controls.
Whether tonight for the brand’s first motorcycle (R32), the aforementioned R90S or our NineT Racer, the mechanics remain true to its fundamentals: a flat, air-cooled Boxer twin. To stay in the retro and avoid a whole mess of hoses and radiator for the fleet, we will not find here the latest generation of flat-twin. Honor to the proven 1170 cc and its 110 horsepower. It has what it takes to have fun and show off the union’s minimum of technology: injection, Euro4 standards, double ACT, 4 valves per cylinder, 6 gearbox and a good maximum torque of 11.8 mkg. Enough to give rhythm, with the allure and fearlessness of a café-racer. There would be almost enough to present alongside an HP2 Sport … but just introduce yourself.
The exhaust line goes there to complete the panoply. No double silencer like on other NineT; just an old fashioned bazooka, as it should be.
With this Racer, BMW skillfully completes its Heritage range with a sporty revival. It does not encumber itself with the plethora of equipment for current missiles; simply ABS, and optional traction control. However, it is less premium than the standard NineT. No inverted fork, steel tank instead of aluminum, optional spoke rims. But BMW has everything for the wallets filled: a list of options worthy of a cinema release – between the ticket and the film, we will be well tempted by popcorn, ice cream and a coke. Or rather Slim, Raiders and a Mikojet.
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1200 Nine-T Racer 2017
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0 to 100: 3.50 s
medium: 5.30 l
200 km / h
The technical aspect
2018 BMW 1200 Nine-T Racer
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 920 mm
- Wheelbase: 1491 mm
- Operating weight: 220 kg
- Train before
- Secondary cardan drive
- Rear axle
(101 x 73 mm)
at 7,750 rpm
at 6,000 rpm