The MO staff actually disagree slightly on this one. Names will be spared to protect the guilty, but some of the group really dig the R nineT Racer for its classic, old-school retro-racer looks. It’s the same reason they liked the Ducati Sport 1000S and Paul Smart Limited Edition that came before it. Others, meanwhile, bring up the fact the R nineT Racer is entirely impractical and uncomfortable, with its clip-on bars a long reach from the saddle, just like the aforementioned retro-inspired Ducatis.

Those in that camp point to the R nineT Pure being the more practical choice, just like the GT1000 was the more sensible offering in Ducati’s SportClassic line. With upright bars and lower pegs, it’s the one to be on for longer rides. Though we might disagree on the details, one thing’s for sure: we really dig the R nineT. Both bikes share the same steel frame, suspension, brakes and 1170cc air-cooled Boxer Twin, which, let’s face it, is the star of the show anyway. No matter which of the two we get to ride, we’re just happy BMW is expanding upon the line. And we didn’t even mention the recently announced R nine T Urban G/S.