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Buy a used BMW R nineT

Buy a used BMW R nineT

Buy a used BMW R nineT

Buy a used BMW R nineT

Buy a used BMW R nineT

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Buy a used BMW R nineT

The BMW R nineT has done a lot since it went on sale in 2014.

Buy a used BMW R nineT

But it is also worthwhile as a used bike?

Buy a used BMW R nineT

The instruments come from the R 1200 R. Newly drawn scales and a new frame for the digital display make the difference.

Buy a used BMW R nineT

A small storage compartment is hidden in the aluminum hump (which is of course subject to a surcharge), accessible via the inserted front closure.

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The preload of the strut, which tends to be rather taut, can be easily adjusted using a handwheel.

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With hump and extra hot: Solo version with 395 euro aluminum part.

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Honda CB 1100.

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The competition: Moto Guzzi V7 Racer.

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Yamaha XJR 1300.

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Triumph Thruxton.


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Buy a used BMW R nineT

Buy a used BMW R nineT
Used retro bargain?

BMW can also be pretty and for the heart: Since 2014, the BMW R nineT has been enticing fans of puristic pleasure driving. Tips and tips for buying a used retro bike.

Klaus Herder


Word games, preferably in combination with foreign languages ​​and the playful use of upper and lower case, rarely work. Sometimes they even go really wrong: nineT – “no, tea”; “Never nice”? It’s good that that was pretty much the only real mistake that the BMW managers allowed themselves to design their 90th anniversary present. The rest went really well. Rumor has it that in preparation for the festivities, the design department, which had been orphaned for many decades, was revived. Before, you had the impression that since the legendary Hans A. Muth (R 90 S, R 100 RS) left in the early 80s, the design job had to be done by the mechanical engineers in person. Either way: The BMW R nineT popped through the ceiling from the presentation

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Retro doesn’t work on its own

Blind orders, paying the full list price, miserably long delivery times – when was that last at BMW? The recipe for success was probably that the BMW R nineT makers did not confuse purism with retro. Retro doesn’t work on its own. Pretty, but somewhat tired and bloodless quotes like the Kawasaki W 650 or the Triumph Thruxton are commercially frightening examples of this.

Prices are still quite steep

BMW was so clever not only to quote for the BMW R nineT, but to combine a mix of styles from the best of different motorcycle epochs with a powerful engine and to make the whole thing as straightforward as possible. Fat upside-down fork, lush 320 mm brake discs with Brembo monoblock calipers, plus the last expansion stage of the air-cooled and divinely sounding dohc boxer engine as well as lots of lovingly made details – the BMW R nineT is just not retro, it just is wonderfully pure. A good three years after its market launch, the first copies of the bestseller are now changing hands as used ones. And that at still quite hefty prices – and despite the rather strange name.

Market situation BMW R nineT

High demand, stable prices, short downtimes – used BMW R nineTs are the seller’s favorites. Demonstrators and former rental machines can also quickly find interested parties.

BMW R nineT from 11,500 euros

Low price level

The term “low” is of course very relative in this context, but with a bit of luck a 2014 BMW R nineT that is far away from the metropolitan areas and with many kilometers (all over 10,000 km) can be had for less than 12,000 euros.

BMW R nineT from 12,500 euros

Medium price level

Less than 10,000, sometimes even less than 5,000 kilometers are common in this price league, and almost all of them are first-time owners. Smaller conversions (indicators, mirrors, humps) can certainly be found, but corresponding offers are usually over 13,000 euros.

BMW R nineT from 14,000 euros

High price level

There are a lot of demonstrators with low mileage and extensive conversions, who rarely have more than 5,000 kilometers on the clock. From 15,000 euros, the air for sellers becomes very thin, realistic only for well-made extreme conversions.

Model upgrade BMW R nineT

  • 2013
    Presentation on October 13th in Munich as part of the ceremony for 90 years of BMW Motorrad. Only color: Black storm metallic.
  • 2014
    First model year, market launch in February for 14,500 euros.
    Sales worldwide / thereof in Germany: 8,488 / 1,597 pieces.
  • 2015
    New price from 01.01 .: 14,700 euros.
    Sales worldwide / thereof in Germany: 9,545 / 2,382 pieces.
  • 2016
    New price from 08/01/2015: 14,900 euros.
    New special equipment available: hand-brushed aluminum tank with polished or visible weld seam, heated grips.
    Sales worldwide / thereof in Germany: 7,509 / 1,987 pieces.
  • 2017
    New price from 02/01: 15,200 euros. Model revision: new wire-spoke wheels, fully adjustable fork, revised chassis geometry, rocker arm and rear axle drive coated black, ASC available, two additional special paints.
  • Recalls (“Technical Actions”)
    April 2014: battery
    May 2014: Exchange of combination switch on the right.

Dealer interview with Helge Schroder

Helge Schroder (42), Service Manager at BMW Original Studemann in Hamburg, about customers, conversions and tires.

MOTORCYCLE: What distinguishes your R nineT customers from the rest of the BMW customer base?

Helge Schroder: Those are those who really want to convert their motorcycle and customize it beyond the in-house range of accessories. This has never been seen before at BMW to this extent. And when the rest of our customers mostly want motorcycles for the big tour, R nineT riders are simply looking for something nice for their hearts and for the Sunday evening lap.

MOTORCYCLE: What have your R nineT customers ridden before??

Helge Schroder: Many are classic boxer enthusiasts with plenty of BMW experience. The rest of them are mostly cafe racer fans who come from third-party brands and, conspicuously, often from Triumph.

MOTORCYCLE: What clothes are required when the boys are at your counter??

Helge Schroder: Sure thing: jeans, leather jacket and half-shell.

MOTORCYCLE: Keyword conversions: Do R nineT drivers do the work, or are they do-it-yourself? And what is the most popular thing to do??

Helge Schroder: Half / half. And rear conversions are by far the most popular. Either just the aluminum hump or more elaborate from Schnitzer, Wunderlich and whatever they are called. The painting of parts – of course in black – is also popular: for example, powdering the valve cover black and making the final drive black, which is initially gray.

MOTORCYCLE: Which conversions are technically sensible?

Helge Schroder: The chassis is now rather mixed for dedicated vaporizing – well -. If you really want to know, the Touratech chassis, for example, is something really nice. Costs around 3200 euros completely, but is also really really tasty.

MOTORCYCLE: Speaking of the chassis: What does the service manager say about tires?

Helge Schroder: Most customers are satisfied with the Metzeler Roadtec Z8. But I recommend the Pirelli Angel GT, which means that the R nineT has significantly improved cornering stability.

MOTORCYCLE: Your sightseeing tip?

Helge Schroder: Watch out for scratches on the front frame. It is almost impossible to dismantle the tank without scratches, for example. B. to get to the battery. We always do this in the workshop in pairs and mask off the frame beforehand. And make sure that the electrical system works when converting the rear end, there are sometimes problems.

Further information


23/2013 (V), 4/2014 (FB), 7/2014 (VT), 8/2014 (VT), 17/2014 (VT), 17/2015 (VT), 16 + 17/2016 (VT) , 20/2016 (VT), 21/2016 (VT)

V = introduction, FB = driving report, VT = comparison test;


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Model-specific literature is still in short supply, but the close relationship to the R 1200 GS and R 1200 R makes the 304-page tome by Delius Klasing about the dohc four-valve boxer, published in 2013, recommendable (ISBN 978-3768853521, 29.90 euros) . Also okay: the special technical volume 6012 by Bucheli for 34.90 euros (ISBN 978-3716821480).

The competition

Honda CB 1100

Playfully easy-to-use homage to the blessed CB Four times, perfect for relaxed cruising on country roads. Technical data: four-cylinder in-line engine, 1,140 cm³, 90 hp, 249 kg, 0–100 km / h in 4.2 seconds, Vmax 180 km / h, consumption 4.3 liters, from 6,700 euros

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Instead of performance, there’s a lot of charisma and beautifully crafted details. Handy eye-catcher for pleasure riders. Technical data: Two-cylinder V-engine, 744 cm³, 48 hp, 199 kg, 0–100 km / h in 6.1 seconds, Vmax 155 km / h, consumption 4.3 liters, from 6,300 euros

Yamaha XJR 1300

The original since 1999 and a stunner in the best big bike tradition. Powerful engine and attractive prices. Technical data: four-cylinder in-line engine, 1251 cm³, 98 hp, 251 kg, 0-100 km / h in 3.4 seconds, Vmax 213 km / h, consumption 5.9 liters, from 5,000 euros (MJ. 2007)

Triumph Thruxton

Beautiful Bonneville in a tracksuit, which acts quite tame in terms of pressure and sound. Blender? What an ugly word … Technical data: two-cylinder in-line engine, 865 cm³, 69 hp, 231 kg, 0-100 km / h in 4.9 seconds, Vmax 200 km / h, consumption 4.9 liters, from 6,500 euros

Technical data BMW R nineT (model year 2014)

BMW R nineT (model year 2014)

Engine: Air / oil-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine, four valves per cylinder, wet sump lubrication, injection, regulated catalytic converter, hydraulically operated single-disk dry clutch, six-speed gearbox, cardan.
Bore x stroke 101.0 x 73.0 mm, displacement 1,170 cm³, rated output 81 kW (110 PS) at 7,750 rpm, max. Torque 119 Nm at 6,000 rpm

Landing gear: Load-bearing engine-gearbox combination made of steel, upside-down fork, two-joint single-sided swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut, directly hinged, adjustable spring base and rebound damping, double disc brake at the front, disc brake at the rear, ABS. Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 5.50 x 17, tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17

Dimensions + weight: Wheelbase 1,476 mm, steering head angle 64.5 degrees, caster 103 mm, spring travel front / rear 120/120 mm, seat height * 800 mm, weight with a full tank * 222 kg, tank capacity 18 liters.

Measurements: (MOTORRAD 7/2014)
Top speed ** 217 km / h
Acceleration 0-100 km / h 3.3 sec
Pulling speed 60–100 km / h 3.3 sec
Consumption 5.3 l / 100 km (country road)

* MOTORCYCLE measurements; ** Manufacturer information

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