2020 BMW R nineT

Automatic Stability Control is now standard on this retro-standard flat twin.

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The BMW R nineT is largely unchanged for 2020. The Bavarians did, however, sweeten the deal on all versions of this retro platform by standardizing wheelspin-eliminating Automatic Stability Control; previously, ASC was a factory-installed option (the system can be deactivated with the press of a button, even while the motorcycle is moving). The 1,170cc air-/oil-cooled boxer twin retains all the hallmarks of the torquey, slightly buzzy at higher-rpm mill first we first encountered in 2014. Since those early days on the market for the R nineT, BMW has introduced different design options, including the Scrambler, Racer, Urban G/S, and Pure, all of which return in 2020.

The R nineT and its variants comprise BMW's Heritage line, which continues to impress with a nostalgic, garage-custom aesthetic. The combination of a 46mm fork and Paralever rear suspension provide a composed ride while a multifunction display, LED lighting, modular framework, and antilock brakes give the retro machine additional currency among its contemporary rivals. Whatever iteration you choose, the R nineT provides a memorable ride that at times feels like a blast from the past, in a very good way.

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2020 BMW R nineT Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $15,495
Engine Air-/oil-cooled, DOHC, twin-cylinder
Displacement 1,170cc
Bore x Stroke 101.0mm x 73.0mm
Horsepower 110.0 hp @ 7,750 rpm
Torque 86.0 lb.-ft. @ 6,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Shaft
Seat Height 31.7 in.
Rake 25.5°
Trail 4.2 in.
Front Suspension 46mm compression/rebound adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Paralever, preload/rebound adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Wheelbase 58.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 489 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 31.6 in.
Dry Weight 464 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 96.5 hp @ 7,610 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 74.3 lb.-ft. @ 6,090 rpm
0–60 mph 2.9 sec.
1/4-mile 11.30 sec. @ 118.02 mph
Braking 30–0 mph 30.0 ft.
Braking 60–0 mph 120.0 ft.