The NineT is undoubtedly the greatest current success of the neo-retro wave. BMW has hit the nail on the head with this vintage-style roadster. Trendy and tempting, this bike was immediately successful and then gave life to a whole family. Scrambler, Urban G / S, Racer … And while it is getting up to date, the NineT is also available in a more affordable version, the Pure. History to offer the taste for a less beefy price. Just for that ? No, to give more freedom to creative minds. But why ? How? ‘Or’ What ? With what ?
La Pure does not bear its name by chance. It wants to be refined, essential, authentic, returning to the basics of the classic roadster. Indeed, it appears to be; and comparing it to the more premium NineT, you can feel the difference. Not necessarily in a good way. Ciao the inverted fork stitched to the S 1000 RR, the radial calipers, the aluminum tank, the double exhaust and the spoked rims. We have just quoted the main part of what differentiates a NineT from the Pure, and the latter thus seems to descend from the high-end market. But if it is the spirit of this BM that interests you, you will disregard these differences, just as you will pay little attention to the non-LED indicators, the single speedometer, the handlebar ends without aluminum weights … The design always has something to satisfy enthusiasts, and the Pure has kept singular parts, such as the air intake covered with an anodized aluminum cover, the stylized plates under the seat, or the small BMW logo in the middle. from the lighthouse. And the Pure likes black, to the point where its frame, single-sided arm, fork sleeves and engine benefit from it. Only the cylinder head covers escape with a layer of granite gray.
However, no difference for the heart of the machine. Like all the motorcycles of this vintage family, the engine is entrusted to the old generation of Boxer 1200. Few hoses, no fleet, it is better to preserve the retro aspect. And this allows this flat to continue its career, only in the Heritage range. It does not demerit and keeps fine remains. Overflowing on both sides as befits an R, this 1170 cm3 cracked Euro4 without losing any of its 110 horsepower. He just forgot a little torque, with 11.8 mkg. The transmission is provided by a 6-speed gearbox and a cardan shaft.
No surprises on the chassis side, the Pure having taken care to keep the tubular steel structure with 3 sections. With the possibility of removing the passenger frame, customization will be at the heart of the debates.
That is garage side, evenings and weekends. For the day and the road, we will make more use of the standard 43 mm fork and the Paralever rear system. The Pure announcing a wheelbase slightly longer than the NineT but less weight, we will find a very similar behavior, although a little less sporty.
Braking offers the standard services of Béhème at this level of the range, counting at the end of its braided hoses 3 brake calipers and as many discs. The front is made up of two 320 mm wafers bitten by axial 4-piston calipers; the rear trusts a 265mm disc and a 2-piston caliper. The ABS as standard secures everything. It is also the only assistance on board. An active safety catch can be added by passing through the option box and by adding ASC traction control.
As always, the catalog is provided. And allows to gratinate the Pure with elements from the most essential to the most trivial. Let us briefly mention the additional tachometer, the aluminum tank with visible welding, the aluminum seat cowl, the headlight protection grille, the single-seater saddle, the triple clamp with integrated handlebar-bracelets, the Classic emblem, etc.
And since 2019, the ‘Spezial’ club card gives him access to personalized ‘Option 719’ decorations. Pleased with this pass, the Pure decided to equip itself with the Dynamic Brake Light as standard..
A model of access to BMW’s Heritage clan, the R NineT Pure makes a point of being a simple roadster, stripped down, using the simple to let the creativity of others invade it. In short, a source of inspiration. Like the Racer and Urban G / S models, it is derived from the NineT Scrambler. And can not claim to titles of favor like the first NineT of the name. The Pure got rid of a lot of fancy elements – in the process, its price suffers. It is the cheapest of the family, which allows the hesitant to have an eye on the catalog of options and accessories to decorate and personalize their machine..
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1200 R NineT Pure 2018
Model marketed in
0 to 100: 3.70 s
medium: 5.30 l
200 km / h
The technical aspect
2019 BMW 1200 R NineT Pure
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 900 mm
- Wheelbase: 1493 mm
- Curb weight: 219 kg
- Train before
- secondary by cardan
- Rear axle
(101 x 73 mm)
at 7,750 rpm
at 6,000 rpm