Roll up, roll up – 2017's de­li­cious new metal is upon us. The feast starts here.

‘The R ninet Racer has lower ’bars, rearset foot­pegs, pol­ished stain­less steel pipes, and its glo­ri­ous body­work is painted up like Beemer’s old Mo­tor­sport scheme’

Buoyed by the con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity of the clas­sic-in­spired R ninet, BMW have two new vari­a­tions: the Pure and Racer. They’re based on the Scrambler (see p48), and use its 1170cc air-cooled flat twin with a claimed 110bhp and three-piece steel frame. As with the Scrambler the forks are right­way-up and brakes are lower spec than the orig­i­nal high-spec ninet. The grey-only Pure is stripped-back (clue’s in the name) and is the cheap­est R ninet at £9900. The Racer has lower ’bars, rearset foot­pegs, pol­ished stain­less pipes and that glo­ri­ous pe­riod body­work, painted like Beemer’s old Mo­tor­sport scheme. It’ll cost £10,675. At the other end of the scale the K1600GT (£17,040) now uses its starter mo­tor for re­vers­ing. Re­vised semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion is stan­dard, Shift As­sis­tant Pro is op­tional and In­tel­li­gent Emer­gency Call is as well (lets folk know if you tum­ble). Bet­ter weather pro­tec­tion too. There are S-se­ries up­dates as well, the S1000RR hav­ing dy­namic trac­tion as stan­dard (£13,850) and a sin­gle seat cover – a pil­lion pad is a free al­ter­na­tive. The naked S1000R (£10,605) has 5bhp more (now 165), 2kg less, a ti­ta­nium pipe, clearer dash and vi­bra­tion-free ’bars. This last up­date also reaches the pre­vi­ously buzzy S1000XR (£12,450), which also gets the power hike plus a 10kg pay­load in­crease to 444kg.

If the Racer doesn’t make you go ‘ooh’ then we sug­gest you check for a pulse

The new R ninet Pure... no bells or whis­tles, then

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