Four BMW R NineT Models For 2017

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

R NineT Pure and the R NineT Racer Certified for 2017

BMW‘s R NineT will be joined by three variants next year including the R NineT Scrambler that debuted last fall at EICMA. BMW had previously confirmed the Scrambler will join the R NineT in dealerships in the third quarter but a new executive order published by the California Air Resources Board, BMW has received certification for two more variants: the R NineT Pure and the R NineT Racer.

The four models share the same 1170cc engine and yes, BMW says its air-cooled boxer is Euro 4 compliant. The executive order doesn’t provide any details on how this was achieved but the certified emission levels for both hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide for the 2017 engine are lower than their certified 2016 levels.

The executive order also offers no clue as to how the Pure or Racer models will be different from the other two models. One of these will surely be based on the Lac Rose concept presented at the Wheels & Waves Festival in June. Inspired by BMW’s Paris-Dakar bike, the Lac Rose concept could fit the definition of a “Racer,” though a café racer may be a more likely fit for the name.

When BMW presented the Lac Rose concept, Edgard Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad, described it as “our laid-back and very individual interpretation of the bike that won the Paris-Dakar Rallye in 1985.” From the descriptors “laid-back” and “individual,” the name “Pure” may also be a fit.

We expect BMW to reveal the R NineT Pure and R NineT Racer at this fall’s two big motorcycle shows, Intermot and EICMA. Until then, check back here on MO for the latest information as it emerges.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Gary Gary on Aug 16, 2016

    BMW is stupid, stupid, stupid for not including an updated R90S in its available custom catalog. This is one of the most lusted after bikes by the Beemer faithful, and I assume it is the namesake for the RnineT moniker. Why not cash in on what was an instant classic? It's a mystery. All it would take is a bikini windshield and a fade paint job. Add $4k to the price and Bob's your uncle.

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    • Denchung Denchung on Aug 17, 2016

      R NineT Racer would be a good name for a R90S tribute.

  • Ian Parkes Ian Parkes on Aug 18, 2016

    If you want more info on how they met Euro 4 with this air-cooled engine check out the good old-fashioned print version of UK's Bike magazine. BMW engineer goes into some detail on it.