15. BMW R NINET URBAN G/S
THE FACTS O 110bhp O 221kg Seat height 850mm
HIGHLIGHTS Tribute to original R80G/S 1170cc air-cooled Boxer twin Alloy cast wheels
This homage to the original R80G/S from 1980 makes us want to slip on a peaked enduro helmet and get muddy. Styled as a stripped-back adventure bike, the Urban G/S may be another jump into the dressing-up box of styles, but when you’re the firm that made the bike it pays homage to, there’s nothing wrong with that. The main rolling chassis, 1170cc air-cooled twin, steel tank and lower-spec suspension are common throughout the sub-roadster R ninet range, but what defines this bike is the overall effect – it takes you right back to 1980 in a heartbeat.