BMW R ninet Racer
110bhp | 220kg | Seat height 805mm
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.