2017 BMW Motorrad R nineT Racer – retro with style


With the launch of the 2017 R nineT Racer at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, BMW Motorrad has proven the versatility for its Heritage series machine. Complemting the base model R nineT, along with the recently announced R nineT Scrambler, the Racer exudes a very 70s retro charm, looking like it just rolled out the paddock at the Isle of Man.

Changing the very nature of the R nineT is the addition of an Imola-style fairing sporting a single round headlapmp. Harking back to the racers of the 60s and 70s, the R nineT Racer is a solo affair, with the rather basic rear sub-frame gone, along with the rear foot-pegs.

The 1,170 cc air-cooled Boxer engine is now Euro 4 compliant, no mean feat considering the size of those pistons, and rated for 110 hp according to BMW Motorrad. The frame is also painted silver, to distinguish the R nineT Racer for its base and Scrambler stablemates.


New for 2017 is the Racer’s stainless fuel tank, a 17-litre unit that is made out of steel, as opposed to the R nine T’s gorgeous aluminium tank. Obviously done with the intention of keeping costs under control, a proper racing fuel tank in aluminium is available from the Motorrad catalogue.

Finished in BMW’s racing colours of white with red and blue stripes, the R nineT Racer rolls on five-spoke allow wheels in modern 17-inch wheel widths, allowing for the fitment of sporting rubber. The front forks are not adjustable for anything, while the rear absorber has preload and rebound adjustment.

Twin analogue clocks grace the inside of the cockpit, with discrete LCD panels to provide other information from the bike’s on-board computer. ABS is standard, and BMW Motorrad’s Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is a factory option.

A nice touch are the R nineT Racer’s rear view mirrors, which are mounted to the fairing mounting frame, instead of on the fairing itself. Part of the R nineT experience is the ability to customise the bike exactly the way you want it, and the Motorrad catalogue for its Heritage-series machines is crazily extensive, allowing for a myriad of styling options.

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Mohan K Ramanujam

Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he's a slow rider.




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