BMW is a prominent and one of the mainstream automobile manufacturers in the world. Yet, they are known to do things differently especially when it comes to motorcycles.
Having one of the widest product ranges among all bike makers, BMW Motorrad caters to all segments barring only a few (example cruisers). The uniqueness in their motorcycles lies with the boxer-twin engines which is one of the longest running engine architectures that we have ever seen. No doubt it is a testament to its reliability.
The boxer-twin is also extremely flexible in the sense that BMW has used it in a variety of motorcycles like streetfighters, faired sportbikes, tourers and even cruisers (R1200C, 1997 – 2004). Now, BMW has further expanded the user of this engine in a modern-classic, R nineT, which they launched in 2014.
R nineT is easily one of the best motorcycles in BMW’s current lineup. A roadster, basically a city bike, the R nineT has an old-school charm combined in a modern package. The crux of the motorcycle is the 1,170cc flat-twin engine which produces 110.1 PS of power at 7,750 RPM and 119 NM of torque at 6,000 RPM. What this means is that the R nineT has effortless acceleration in all gears for easy riding in any condition
Looks are quite interesting as well. From the front, it looks like a typical standard with a round headlight and wide single-piece handlebar but there are upside-down forks with a pair of 320 mm discs that add to the sportiness and performance oriented approach. From there on, right to the tail section, the Beemer has certain unique elements to it. The power to the rear wheel is transferred via a shaft drive and the whole middle to the rear part is without any bodywork. In fact, whatever bodywork is there are the fuel tank and its extensions.
Adding to its rugged personality is the rumbling sound coming out of the twin-exhaust setup. It is one of the few bare-minimum motorcycles that exist today. It comes only with ABS which is more or less a mandatory requirement in almost all two-wheelers. There are no electronics that we have come to see in many other motorcycles. Inside your right wrist is where all the riding modes and traction control lies. And like a good modern-day motorcycle, it is great to ride everywhere.
BMWs don’t come cheap, and for this reason, it won’t be a bad idea to try and find your desired BMW motorcycle on OLX. Who knows you might get lucky with the price.