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