One of BMW’s coolest R nineT designs—the R nineT Urban G/S—will arrive in BMW Motorrad USA dealerships in June.The Urban G/S, which pays tribute to the original adventure bike, the iconic 1980 R 80 G/S, will retail for $12,995 (plus a $495 destination fee).
The Urban G/S is the fifth R nineT model in BMW’s Heritage lineup, which includes the base R nineT, Scrambler, Racer and Pure. It arrives with the classic red, white and blue styling of the original R 80 G/S, which was the weapon of choice for iconic long-distance motorcycle travels such as Helge Pedersen, who penned “10 Years on 2 Wheels.”The Urban G/S arrives with the same air/oil-cooled 1170cc boxer twin in the other R nineTs that produces 110 horsepower, but with some unique features.
2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S Features (vs. the BMW R nineT):
19” front wheel (optional off-road tires)
Headlight fairing + high front fender
Higher handlebars, more upright
Extended spring travel (4.9”/5.5” vs. 4.7”/4.7”)
Painted steel tank, traditional forks/gaiters, cast wheels, single tailpipe, Single speedometer
Light White (w/ motorsport-blue accents and red seat)
Factory Options are also available:
Hand-brushed Aluminum Fuel Tank with sanded weld: $950 MSRP
Hand-brushed Aluminum Fuel Tank with visible weld: $850 MSRP
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!