BMW RETRO RANGE SET TO GROW

R ninet ‘Pure’ and ‘Racer’ re­vealed in se­cret doc­u­ments

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - Ben Purvis

‘As well as the Scram­bler there will be new ‘Pure’ and ‘Racer’ ver­sions’

At least two fur­ther ver­sions of the BMW R ninet are set to go on sale in 2017, just as MCN ex­clu­sively re­vealed ear­lier this year. In­for­ma­tion from emis­sions cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­per­work in Amer­ica shows that the 2017 R ninet line-up will in­clude four mod­els. As well as the R ninet and R ninet Scram­bler, there will be new ‘Pure’ and ‘Racer’ ver­sions.

The R ninet Pure is ex­pected to be at the bot­tom of BMW’S retro boxer range. Shar­ing the 110bhp, 1170cc air-cooled engine as the rest of the range, its sus­pen­sion and brakes will be stripped back to bring the price be­low £9000. The cur­rent Scram­bler costs £10,530, with the R ninet com­ing in at £11,900.

As well as ex­pos­ing the R ninet to a wider au­di­ence, the Pure will pro­vide cus­tom builders with a clean sheet at a lower cost.

The Racer is ex­pected to sit at the other end of the range. Styled as a homage to the R90 S, and look­ing rather like the Roland Sands Con­cept 90 of 2013, it’s to be a sporty, part-faired take on the theme. Ex­pect clip-on bars, a small Imola-style nose cowl, a café racer-style seat unit, and a price tag some­where nearer the R ninet Road­ster – but as this bike will still fea­ture lower-spec sus­pen­sion and cy­cle parts, we’d ex­pect a price ticket of around £10,500.

The doc­u­ments so far don’t men­tion a third new R ninet de­riv­a­tive, which is to be a Gs-in­spired ma­chine simi- lar to the Lac Rose con­cept (pic­tured, right). That might sug­gest that the R ninet GS fea­tures a re­tuned engine, and as such will be sub­ject to sep­a­rate emis­sions cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, or that it won’t ap­pear un­til later in 2017.

Stun­ning Lac Rose con­cept was un­veiled ear­lier this month

New Racer vari­ant harks back to orig­i­nal Roland Sands Con­cept 90 bike

MCN’S im­pres­sion of how Lac Rose-in­spired R ninet GS ver­sion might look

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