BMW is possibly a bit surprised by how well it RNineT retro-designed roadster has done over the past few years. And now it’s adding to the Scrambler version to make a wee family, with the new Racer and Pure versions.
The Racer is the most striking: add a small bikini fairing, round headlight and café-racer style seat unit to the base bike, top it off with some sweet paint, and sit back as you sell a gazillion of the buggers. Cynical hat off, it’s a good-looking thing, and the basic Boxer-powered roadster is a great thing to ride, so where’s the harm?
Ditto with the RNineT Pure. It’s simply a no-fuss version of the base bike – no extra fairings, high-mount exhausts or the like, just a big engine, restrained paint job, and presumably, a low, entry-level price point.
Under it all is the same 110bhp air/oil-cooled 1170cc Boxer lump, with six-speed box, shaft drive and fuel injection which we’ve all grown to love. ABS is standard, traction control an option, and they come with cast wheels, again with an option for wire-spoked rims.