RnineT UrbanGS headlines BMW's EICMA offerings

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Remember the Lac Rose BMW concept that looked like a BMW R nineT crossed with an eighties R80GS? Well, BMW are finally building it and it’s called the R nineT Urban GS.

It looks pretty close to the concept too, so fair play to BMW for putting it into production as close as possible to the design concept.

Using a design inspiration definitely fuelled by the old air-cooled R80 and R100GS (bikes that are both now fetching a ton of money on the second hand market), the new Urban GS features an R nineT based frame, but it has been beefed up with retro off-road styling. It features the 1170cc, air-cooled 110bhp Boxer twin motor used in all the R nineT range so far.

It features a big padded, three-piece seat and that big Eighties style tank in homage to GS models of the past. There’s a set of conventional front forks with Eighties style gaiters and a Paralever rear suspension system with a central spring at the rear, as per the R nineT. Cast alloy wheels fitted with a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel complete the style of the trail bike throwback to when life was simpler and, arguably, bikes were cooler.

It can be ordered with off-road spec tyres too, to complete the look. As you might imagine on a top-spec BMW, automatic stability control is available as an option, and ABS is standard using a single four-piston caliper with a 320mm disc at the front and a single rear disc.

Like the R nineT, the Urban GS features loads of high-level enhancements including a headlamp mask that copies the original style. Aluminium forged fork bridges, aluminium handlebar clamps and asset of retro-style clocks.

BMW have also released an updated version of the standard R nineT (below) which is now Euro4 compatible and gets fully-adjustable new upside down front forks and wire spoke wheels, while the company also announced the R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure at last month's Intermot show in Cologne.

BMW R nineT
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