BMW Motorrad India has recently launched one of its most special model – R Nine T at Rs. 23.5 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai), while it costs around Rs. 27 lakh (on-road Mumbai). This makes this motorcycle the fourth roadster to be sold in India along with the S1000R, K1300R and the R1200R. Compared to other roadster, another special fact about the R Nine T that it was launched to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the company in 2013.
The R Nine T doesn’t really look similar to any of the BMW motorcycles, designed purely for the enthusiast, showcases cafe racer typical styling with a modern touch and a muscular stance. Based on a steel tubular frame its a highly customisable machine, with rear detachable chassis design. The front showcases USD telescopic forks, while the rear gets a monoshock mounted onto a single sided swingarm. Spoked rims add to the retro design cues of the cafe racer.
The company is offering customisable options for its patrons such as a carbon-fibre mudguard, bags that can be mounted on the tank and rear, and an exhaust system from Akrapovic, manufacturer of exhaust systems. The pillion seat is removable and the akrapovic exhaust, which runs down the left side of the R NineT, can be mounted in a lowered or raised position, depending on the length of the connector accessory pipe ordered.
Heart of the machine is an air-cooled flat twin 1170cc boxer engine that produces 110bhp at 7550rpm and maximum torque of 119Nm at 6000rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox that transfers power to rear wheels via a chain drive. BMW claims the fuel efficiency of the motorcycle to be at 22.kmpl and that it can reach a top speed of 200kmph. It weighs 222kg, owing to the heavy boxer engine and the fact that it is an old school cafe racer, not a track focused vehicle.
The BMW R Nine T will be sold at BMW’s three dealers in India – Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, with just one colour to choose from – black with silver combination.
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