Centurion - Following the launch of the R NineT Scrambler in October 2016, BMW has gone even further out in left field with the next model in its Heritage retro series, the R NineT Urban G/S.
Channelling the Bavarian bikemaker’s first off-roader, the original R80 G/S of 1980 - cheekily named the GelandeScooter* by enthusiasts - it’s finished in an almost exact replica of the original G/S livery, in white with tank graphics in two shade of blue, high-mounted white front mudguard and red seat, as per the factory motorsport colours of the day.
An original G/S-style white flyscreen around the big circular headlight frames a classically styled round analogue speedometer with an inset LCD screen for further info.
As with all NineT heritage models the Urban G/S has BMW’s previous-generation air/oil-cooled 1170cc boxer twin, tuned in this application for a healthy 81kW at 7750 revs and 116Nm at 6000rpm, coupled to a close-ratio six-speed gearbox and lightweight shaft final drive.
Suspension is by 43mm conventional telescopic forks in front and BMW’s familiar paralever at the rear, braking by dual 320mm front discs with four-piston callipers and a 265mm rear disc with two-piston calliper. ABS is standard, automatic stability control a factory-fit option.