BMW R ninet Racer

110bhp | 220kg | Seat height 805mm

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Air/oil cooled 1170cc boxer twin Half-faired café racer Five-spoke al­loy wheels

The new Racer takes the ba­sic R ninet plat­form and adds some of the most un­der­stated and classy café racer styling seen on any modern clas­sic. Long and low look­ing, the sim­i­lar­i­ties to the Con­cept 90 re­vealed in 2013 are clear to see. It gets dropped bars, rearset rider foot­pegs, and a neat – if per­haps slightly short – café seat unit. The back end is a les­son in min­i­mal­ism, and the fact that BMW have given no op­tion for a pil­lion means that the R ninet’s slightly cum­ber­some pil­lion peg/ seat sub­frame is miss­ing here, clean­ing up the rear end. But the most ob­vi­ous head­line ad­di­tion is the Imola-style half fair­ing, which blends func­tion with beau­ti­fully sub­tle form.

The fuel tank is a 17-litre steel item, rather than the hand­crafted alu­minium unit on the orig­i­nal R ninet, which also helps to keep costs down. The more au­then­ti­cally 70s alu­minium op­tion is avail­able in the op­tions list.

The three-part mod­u­lar frame is painted silver to help dis­tin­guish it from the Road­ster, Pure and Scram­bler mod­els, while the Racer will also only be of­fered in this Mo­tor­sport blend of white with blue and red de­tail­ing.

At the Racer’s core is the 1170cc air/oil­cooled boxer en­gine – now Euro4 com­pli­ant, that’s de­vel­op­ing 110bhp at 7750rpm, and 85.55ftlb of torque at 6000rpm. The wheel­base of the R ninet Racer is 2mm shorter than the Pure, at 1491mm, while the head an­gle is also steeper at 63.6 de­grees to the Pure’s 63.4 – giv­ing a mar­ginal im­prove­ment in agility over the naked op­tion. It also has a sportier rid­ing po­si­tion.

The cock­pit gets a pair of cir­cu­lar ana­logue in­stru­ments, each host­ing a small LCD panel for the Racer’s on­board com­puter, which shows gear po­si­tion, fuel range, trip dis­tance, ser­vice in­ter­vals, av­er­age speed and mpg.

The sus­pen­sion is more ba­sic than the pricier R ninet Road­ster, with a con­ven­tional, non-ad­justable 43mm fork and Par­alever sin­gle-sided swingarm and monoshock that is preload and re­bound ad­justable. ABS is stan­dard fit­ment.

There’s also an S ver­sion for £11,360, which adds spoked wheels, heated grips, a chrome fin­ished ex­haust and LED in­di­ca­tors.

54bhp | 200kg | Seat height 780mm

Wel­come to the stylish new Street Cup. Es­sen­tially a Street Twin, the Cup gets a hand­ful of mods to turn it into a cheeky café racer. The most dis­tinc­tive el­e­ments are the bul­let seat and re­mov­able cowl, fly screen, drop bars, bar end mirrors and classy two-tone paint op­tions. It uses the 900cc High Torque Bon­neville en­gine, but has shorter and lighter twin satin black and stain­less steel up­swept si­lencers, with the same ride-by-wire throt­tle, switch­able trac­tion con­trol, ABS and torque as­sist clutch as its sib­lings.

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