If you’re like us and you’re a huge fan of BMW’s R NineT, then you’ve probably also been sweating on whether or not the model would survive tightening European emissions restrictions. Well great news overnight from the Bavarian bikes builders, with the announcement of the new 2021 BMW R NineT lineup.
As part of the announcement, BMW Motorrad state that: “For the upcoming 2021 season, BMW Motorrad has now sustainably honed the R nineT family with some technical modifications, as well as significantly extending the range of standard and optional equipment.” So we’re not looking at an all new model with the 2021 range, but rather a release that seems to address EU-5 compliancy. That’s fine with us!
To ensure EU-5 compliance, BMW have made a number technical changes including new cylinder heads and the introduction of a new ‘turbulence system’ designed to drive more effective and cleaner combustion.
As before, the air/oil-cooled boxer engine has a bore of 101 mm bore, a stroke of 73 mm and a capacity of 1,170 cc. Its peak output is down slightly at 80 kW (109 hp) at 7,250 rpm (previously 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm), while maximum torque is still 116 Nm at 6,000 rpm. As part of the technical advancement measures, the engine has been fitted with newly designed cylinder heads. Externally the change can be seen at the cooling fin transition, which now runs more harmoniously to the inner cooling fins. The input for the turbulence system, the design of the throttle valve parts and the cylinder head covers have also been redesigned, making the boxer look even tidier and more aesthetically pleasing.
Inside the cylinder heads, a new turbulence system is used which ensures even more effective and cleaner combustion by swirling the mixture. As a result, the power and torque curve has been smoothed and made more homogeneous, which has a positive effect on rideability and performance. In the range between 4 000 and 6 000 rpm in particular – which is relevant to riding on country roads – power and torque are above the level of the predecessor, which BMW claim results in noticeably improved pulling power. An improvement on the previous generation for sure.
The 2021 Line Up Includes:
- R nineT
- R nineT Pure
- R nineT Scrambler
- R nineT Urban G/S.
WIth new colourways for all four models, plenty of optional extras including new Option 719 gear, the release of the 2021 line up will be eagerly anticipated. Check out the gallery below for all the models and their variants.