The NineT is BMW’s masterpiece. A real motorcycle iPhone. Technically, nothing surpasses it from others; but we have in our hands a beautiful product, with a more than flattering finish, with a strong premium feeling and manifest emotion in use. The customers followed, making this bike a real pleasure / passion product, expensive and desired. At a time of evolution, the brand must flirt with the delicate exercise of renewal without losing the gains. The NineT plays the game, polishes itself and retains all its envied side. With some appreciable bonuses.
Let’s start with that of 2019. Either the arrival in series of the ‘Dynamic brake light’; a brake light that flashes differently depending on how you brake, it can challenge.
Now let’s see what sets this Phase II apart from the NineT. Those who were seduced by the first NineT will find their marks instantly. The design remains in every way. The differences are played out in the details. New spoked rims, black for the swingarm, new levers for the handlebar controls, and a dashboard with separate counters, much more in the vintage spirit than the old instrumentation. As an option, the NineT falls in love with the spirit of customization. The special color "Black storm metallic / Vintage" underlines the manufacture character of the tank by a yellow application bearing the starting number "21". Handcrafted, this application is distinguished by a refined worn look. The seat cowl and the passenger seat are included in the pack.
The second special color – "Blue planet metallic / aluminum" put in evidence
the sophisticated classic character of the R nineT. The middle part of the tank and seat cowl is painted in Blue Planet metallic with gold edging from the clear varnished aluminum reservoir with grindstone weld seam and the aluminum seat cowl, both hand brushed
Technically, it moves more. And mainly for the dynamism. The fork from the S 1000 R is now (finally?) Adjustable – in rebound, compression and preload. Wanting to make its roadster even more precise and more homogeneous, BM has revised the geometry of the chassis. As a result, the wheelbase increases by 8mm to 1,487mm, while the steering head angle has been reduced from 64.5 to 63.2 degrees. This results in an increase in the hunting which goes from 102.5 to 107.9 mm. Rigorous yesterday, the NineT will be even more so today.
To be able to take full advantage of the old-generation Boxer engine. Why not have recovered the very last twin, more powerful, more technological, more … because more messy. Here, no water cooling, hoses and other trinkets. The mechanics can thus keep the neo-retro look that suits it so much. The 1170 cm3 was however retouched, in order to pass Euro4. Adapted engine mapping and modified exhaust absolve the engine while allowing it to retain its power of 110 hp. Only the couple picks up a little. With 11.8 mkg, he lost 0.3 mkg in the operation. Negligible. The German flatbed twin can continue to distribute its share of emotions without worrying about it.
The 1200 NineT retains its other technical attributes, namely braking provided by two 320 mm brake discs clamped with 4-piston radial calipers + 1 265 mm disc, 2-piston caliper – but the master cylinder is new -, l ‘ABS as standard and ASC anti-slip as an option … And its modular frame in 4 sections; the passenger frame can be removed for a more marked appearance.
This bike also ensures its presence with a set of demanding parts: its brushed aluminum tank, the triple trees with their conical bosses for screwing, the footrests forged in aluminum, with a surface shot-blasted with glass balls, then natural anodized. , the BMW Motorrad badge engraved on the handlebar clamping plate and still the propeller logo stashed in the middle of the headlight.
There is no reason why the success of the BMW 1200 NineT should not falter. Head of a family of 5 models and initiator of the Heritage movement for the brand, the bike is ready to continue its appeal on the market. A technical gargle that allows him to consolidate his achievements while adding a touch of insolence well seen.
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1200 R Nine-T 2018
Model marketed in
0 to 100: 3.50 s
medium: 5.30 l
about 200 km / h
The technical aspect
2019 BMW 1200 R Nine-T
- Tank: 18 liters
- Width: 900 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,487 mm
- Operating weight: 222 kg
- Train before
- Final drive shaft
- Rear axle
(101 x 73 mm)
at 7,750 rpm
at 6,000 rpm