2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S Fast Facts, Photos & Video
I have a list of heroes within different facets of the motorcycle industry, from designer Miguel Galluzzi to international road racer Joey Dunlop. When it comes to motorcycle travel, Helge Pedersen is my indisputable hero. Back in 1982, Pedersen, also a photographer, sold everything he owned, bought a motorcycle, and traveled over 250,000 miles within 10 years. It’s all documented in his book “10 Years on 2 Wheels.”
The story is two-fold; it not only tells of Pedersen’s journey’s as a man, but also the story of the motorcycle he chose. The bike was the BMW R80 G/S, the original 1980 model attributed as the first-ever adventure touring motorcycle. The bike is unmistakable with its boxer engine and white/blue paint.People have emulated the bike over and over, and now BMW itself has released a tribute to that original R80 G/S—but not on a modern-day GS platform. Instead, BMW designed the bike using an R nineT as the base.[Visit the 2017 Motorcycle Previews page]Meet the 2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S, which becomes the fifth R nineT model in the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer’s “Heritage” lineup that also includes the base R nineT, the Scrambler, which we immediately fell for during a two-day test, and the two unveiled last month at Intermot, the Racer and Pure.Before we get some miles on one, here are the Ultimate Motorcycling Fast Facts.1. The R nineT Urban G/S takes styling directly from the 1980 BMW R80 G/S. The attributes to the icon include the white/blue paint, red seat, front headlight fairing, fender, and of course the fork gaiters.2. The R nineT 1170cc flat twin remains the same as the other R nineTs. The legendary air-cooled engine, which produces, 110 horsepower, is mated to a six-speed transmission and transfers power via shaft drive. The boxer breathes through a 2-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust that exits on the left side bike.3. Unlike the R nineT that consists of four frame components for easy customization (front, rear, removable end piece and detachable passenger frame), the Urban G/S is built with three components: front, rear and integrated end piece with a passenger frame.4. Like the Scrambler, the Urban G/S arrives with a conventional telescopic fork (base arrives with upside-down fork). The Urban G/S also features BMW’s proven Paralever system out back.5. The R nineT Urban arrives stock with light alloy cast wheels, 19” up front and 17” out back with 120/17 and 170/60 tires, respectively. Spoked wheels are available as an accessory, as are deep-treaded dual-sport tires.6. Stopping the R nineT Urban G/S are dual 320mm discs up front squeezed by four-piston calipers. Out back a single 265mm disc is squeezed by a two-piston caliper. ABS arrives as standard.7. BMW Traction Control (ASC, Automatic Stability Control) is available as an ex-works option.8. The R nineT Urban G/S features other elements that add to the retro look. These include a simple instrument cluster that consists of a circular speedometer, a lower fork bridge, and a rear splash guard.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!