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BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« on: July 29, 2017, 08:39:28 PM »
I stopped off at the local BMW dealer today, and looked over the R9T lineup. Very nice.  I was especially taken with the Scrambler.  110hp (like the other R9T models.) This particular bike was equipped with the cross-spoke tubeless wheels, and several other features.

Makes me think that the Griso platform would have been ideal for Moto Guzzi equivalents to these bikes.

I was surprised at the posted curb weight.  Most of them were less than 490 pounds with fuel, if we can trust the mfg to give us accurate weight info.

Might have to sell off a few bikes and give the R9T Scrambler a try in 2018.

Still waiting for Guzzi to do a lighter big block on the CARC platform.  Might be a long wait!

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2017, 08:48:13 PM »
I just read a road test of the R9T GS/Urban in the BMW Owners News today. It has the look of the original R80 GS. The write-up sounded like a cool bike. I guess you could buy an old Griso, spend some money, use your imagination and do what MG couldn't.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2017, 09:06:26 PM »
I owned an R80 ST for a while, and sold it to a BMW forum member in MA. I missed that bike a lot until I bought the V7 Stone. Same enjoyment, in a modern package.

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2017, 09:20:41 PM »
I put about 40 miles on a R9T scrambler.  It was a total blast to ride.
It's not hard to feel that the stock suspension has been dumbed down a bit from the R9T but it's not a deal breaker by any means.
I liked it..a lot.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 09:40:14 PM »
This one caught my fancy....and wallet...

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2017, 10:41:34 PM »
I must admit, I kind of like this one:

http://www.bikeexif.com/bmw-paris-dakar-bike



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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 12:38:51 AM »
I owned the first year (2014) R9T and sold it a few months ago.  I suppose I bought it because I wanted something similar to my 2004 V11 Cafe Sport.  Now that they're both gone, I miss the V11 more than the R9T.  So many bikes, so little time. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 03:19:11 AM »
I went into my local BMW dealer last week for a look at the R9T range. Nice looking bikes, all of them. I rather fancy the Urban. As soon as we get a spell of settled weather I'll borrow one for the day and hope that it doesn't leave me discontent with my V7. The cost of changing would be just outside my comfort zone.

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 04:12:28 AM »
I must admit, I kind of like this one:

http://www.bikeexif.com/bmw-paris-dakar-bike


Me too. I wish, Mandello had made the Stelvio in a version a little like that - or the scrambler...

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 05:38:11 AM »
Well, the R9T will have a LOT more motor.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2017, 06:26:08 AM »
Well, BMW is a vibrant and progressive company.  They offer motorcycles and are players across the board for all types of riding applications from scramblers, to enduro bikes to sportbikes to touring rigs.  They have a research and design department constantly working on introductions to come forth in the future.

I have been very critical of their dependability issues from my long years of experience with them but - I hope and believe- that situation is improving.

The motorcycle market is changing.  It is an aging demographic drawn to the frills and gadgets that BMW likes to offer. However, that market is dying off.   Bikes like the R9T series and now the soon-to-be-released F900 series are designed to appeal to a younger, less spendy market that is essential for continued growth of the Bavarian brand.

I give BMW credit and respect for their efforts. I would buy another new BMW myself.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2017, 08:04:52 AM »
Always liked the early-to-mid-1980's BMW R80-GS series!!  :thumb: :1: :cool:








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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2017, 09:55:46 AM »
I really like the R9T line (especially the "Pure" below), but that new 1200 engine with liquid-cooled heads (available on the GS, RS, and RT) is a really big step forward. On the other hand, the R9T models have simplicity, light weight, and a more traditional vibe than the 1200-LC models. I went "all-in" with an RS in the interest of high-ish speed touring out West. I know that electronic cruise is almost like cheating, but it sure takes a bit of discomfort out of a long day...

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2017, 08:31:11 AM »
Same ol' story..."If you want to PLAY...then ya gotta PAY!"  :laugh: :grin: :wink:

MSRP prices between $14,640 to $13,640 + TTL, dealer prep, etc. etc. etc. 

Both really nice bikes! :thumb: :1: :cool:





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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2017, 08:37:21 AM »
Same ol' story..."If you want to PLAY...then ya gotta PAY!"  :laugh: :grin: :wink:

MSRP prices between $14,640 to $13,640 + TTL, dealer prep, etc. etc. etc. 

Both really nice bikes! :thumb: :1: :cool:





This one doesn't come that way from BMW, it's a kit for the Scrambler and Urban G/S.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2017, 08:39:51 AM »
This one doesn't come that way from BMW, it's a kit for the Scrambler and Urban G/S.


OK - Noted and thanks for clarification...so even MORE $$$$$ for that set up!!  :rolleyes: :shocked: :huh:  I like it, however!!
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2017, 11:33:03 AM »
The R9T Urban G/S is a standard model in the BMW Motorrad catalog. It is referred to as part of their "Heritage" line. The wire wheels are an option...



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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2017, 01:10:14 PM »
But the parts in the kit are different! I love the look of that Dakar tank [emoji106]


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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2017, 01:50:31 PM »
But the parts in the kit are different! I love the look of that Dakar tank [emoji106]


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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2017, 02:45:23 PM »
Paid a visit to the local BMW / Yamaha dealer today. They had five new, differently outfitted R9Ts on display or for demo. Dealer Claimed they had been selling well, and I'm inclined to believe it.

Most expensive listed extra seemed to be the polished alu tank, also available with visible seam as an additional extra...

If I didn't already have the Griso, or had to give it up, I'd give the R9T a serious test ride. Only thing I know that could put me off is that it doesn't appear possible to equip it with sidebags. A small rack that you could strap a duffle bag on should be possible though, which which is what I use on the Griso.
BMW sells a specially designed bag to strap on the back seat, which to me seems precariously narrow for that purpose.

Agree with others here that we're observing another missed opportunity for Guzzi. They should have been able to pull off something similar with the Griso as platform. Of course they'd need a working business plan to back it up, so it would never have sold much in any case.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2021, 11:23:40 AM »
I'd thought I'd revive this thread rather than starting a new one. 

Fast forward a few years, and the R NineT is now Euro 5 compliant for 2021 and has been in continuous production for 7 years now...

I'm taking a test ride on the Pure model Tuesday.  Anybody have anything to say about these?  Won't replace my Guzzis but would replace the Honda CB1100....and by default the Griso I sold last year

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #21 on: April 18, 2021, 11:53:55 AM »
Whenever I see one, I think that Griso and my V11 Sport came out years earlier. 
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2021, 12:17:57 PM »
The R9T Urban G/S is a standard model in the BMW Motorrad catalog. It is referred to as part of their "Heritage" line. The wire wheels are an option...



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I find the entire R9T lineup appealing. The Urban like this one make's my heart give a little jump  :smiley:
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2021, 12:49:55 PM »
I got a 2017 R9T Racer with only 200 miles on it last year. It now has almost 2500mi on it and I am learning to appreciate it more every ride. The motor is incredibly tractable and winds out almost like a Guzzi. Most Guzzis handle better than most BMWs, but the R9T series is very good: Nimble in the twisties, stable at speed. BMW has been refining their boxer series for a very long time, and while the R9T series is essentially a parts bin bike, BMW have some very nice parts to use.






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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2021, 06:38:09 AM »
I looked at the R9T Pure before I went for my V7III Special. I thought it was ugly in person and I read that the engines for that model are made in China and that was the kiss of death for me.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2021, 07:29:19 AM »
You were fed bad information. The 1200 boxer engines are made by BMW at their Berlin plant. You may be thinking of the current generation G- and F-series bikes. Those engines are assembled in China but after having ridden a Chinese-built ‘19 F850 GS in the Alps, I’d say it’s superior to the Austrian-built Rotax on my ‘13 F800GT. My Berlin-built R1200R and R1200RT have been faultless.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2021, 07:49:53 AM »
Thanks for all the feedback.

I went on the test ride yesterday, and the ride was nothing short of thrilling. The bike totally surprised me. It is so powerful, smooth, handles amazing, suspension was way better than expected, and fits me well enough (need a new seat, just like I needed on the CB1100).

The dealer is willing to take enough bikes in trade to cover the entire purchase price and then some....

Think I'm going to do it. Just have to figure out which bikes in the (overly large) stable will need to go....

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2021, 08:43:58 AM »
Thanks for all the feedback.

I went on the test ride yesterday, and the ride was nothing short of thrilling. The bike totally surprised me. It is so powerful, smooth, handles amazing, suspension was way better than expected, and fits me well enough (need a new seat, just like I needed on the CB1100).

The dealer is willing to take enough bikes in trade to cover the entire purchase price and then some....

Think I'm going to do it. Just have to figure out which bikes in the (overly large) stable will need to go....

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2021, 09:34:20 AM »
This one caught my fancy....and wallet...

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is there a pillion seat under that cowl?
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2021, 09:40:20 AM »
that racers sure is slick, but dang the airbox is bigger than the fuel tank. Looks like a rubbermaid tote shoved between the frame rails
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