BMW R ninet Ur­ban G/S X

RiDE (UK) - - Travel / Group Ride -

If the BMW R ninet Scram­bler is the fash­ion­ista’s choice of retro off-road boxer twin, the Ur­ban G/S X has, as the name sug­gests, a more di­rect nos­tal­gic link to the R80G/S – the bike that, ar­guably, kicked off the ad­ven­ture-bike cat­e­gory in the early 1980s. Aside from its styling, the ‘X’ in G/S X refers to the op­tion of heated grips, wire-spoke in­stead of cast wheels, chrome ex­haust, LED in­di­ca­tors and a choice of road or off-road tyres; it adds £635 to the base G/S price. The mo­tor is the same air-cooled 1170cc 109bhp flat twin as the rest of the Euro4-spec R ninet range, which is an adap­ta­tion of the old boxer twin that pow­ered the GS proper, RT etc through the 2000s. The chas­sis isn’t, with con­ven­tional forks rather than Telelever, but re­tains the Par­alever shaft­drive.

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