When BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013, few could have known that the classically styled roadster would be such a success. More than 80,000 units have been sold to date (over 700 in the Philippines alone), explaining why the retro bike is a fixture on spirited weekend club rides. And now, BMW (through its official importer and distributor SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation) has introduced the latest R nineT lineup, sporting an updated engine and a host of standard equipment.
The biggest change is the bike’s certification to meet stringent Euro 5 emissions standards. The cylinder heads have been revised for a cleaner transition from the outer to the inner cooling fins, along with newly designed throttle-valve parts and cylinder-head covers. The cylinders utilize a new turbulence system for a more efficient combustion process. Peak output is slightly down by just 1hp to 109hp at 7,750rpm, but maximum torque is still 116Nm at 6,000rpm. However, BMW claims that the power and torque curves have been revised for improved delivery in the 4,000-6,000rpm range.
All variants—Pure, Urban GS, Scrambler and Classic—now come with ABS Pro that works in concert with dynamic brake control for improved braking performance at varying lean angles. A new shock absorber with travel-dependent damping provides enhanced comfort, along with adjustable spring preload via a hand wheel. Rain and Road riding modes are now standard kit as well. Additional settings for the Urban GS and Classic trim levels are Dirt and Dyna, respectively. Both variants also benefit from dynamic traction control and engine drag torque control. A Comfort Package consisting of Ride Modes Pro, cruise control, and heated grips further differentiate the Urban GS and the Classic from the Pure and the Scrambler.
The instruments feature newly designed dials with the BMW logo, as well as “invisible” indicator lights that only appear when activated. Other touches include LED headlamps with daytime running lights, and a standard USB socket. The drivetrain and the final drive are finished in black on all variants. Wire-spoke rims are fitted across the board, but the Scrambler uses a cross-spoke design and fits off-road tires. The Urban GS goes even further with gold spokes.
Buyers who want to further personalize their rides can check out the Option 719 accessory line. From a selection of wheels, milled parts, and rear conversion kits, these original BMW Motorrad accessories will make customizing one’s bike a fun experience.
Below is the price list of the R nineT line:
- P995,000 (Teal Blue Metallic and Mineral Gray)
- P1,045,000 (Black Storm Metallic and Racing Red Spezial)
- P1,095,000 (Granite Gray Metallic and Kalamata Metallic)
- P1,145,000 (Cosmic Blue Metallic and White Spezial)
- P1,275,000 (Black Storm Metallic)
- P1,345,000 (Night Black/Aluminum Spezial, Aluminum Matte Spezial and Cosmic Blue Metallic/White Spezial)
- P1,275,000 (40 Years Edition)
The new R nineT can now be viewed at these five dealerships in the country: Autowelt BMW Motorrad (Mandaue, Cebu), BMW Motobahn (Davao City, Davao), Motor Ace BMW (Daang Hari, Cavite City), Pampanga Premier BMW Motorrad (San Fernando, Pampanga), and RSA Motors BMW (Libis, Quezon City).