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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2021, 10:17:14 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....
Nice looking bike!  Haven't ridden an R9T (yet!)  This one (attached pic) would be a great stablemate for my perpetually young 1991 R100GS.

Probably a little bit tall and heavy for me at this stage in my life.  However, after having a black and yellow Beemer in the garage since 1991, this 40th Anniversary Edition of the GS series calls out way too loud to me.  Obviously not a GS, but an R9T in 'bumblebee" attire!
Videos like this on YouTube don't help, either.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZCwJyXok-A

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2021, 12:29:00 PM »
I had to put 50 additional miles on a R9T Scramble that was to be sold as a demo and needed the clicks.  I was a lot of fun.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2021, 09:53:48 PM »
I looked hard at the 9RT back in 2015-16 in my search for a new naked standard. Ended up with the Griso.

It is a great bike, and I like what BMW has done with the platform and all the versions of it. Griso was a better fit for me.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2021, 06:06:07 AM »
I looked hard at the 9RT back in 2015-16 in my search for a new naked standard. Ended up with the Griso.

It is a great bike, and I like what BMW has done with the platform and all the versions of it. Griso was a better fit for me.

Interesting, I had the Griso, bought without sitting/having a test ride, and it did NOT fit me at all...6' 4" and I was folded up like a cheap wallet, was lucky to find a buyer for it. 

Apart from ergonomics, the R Ninet ran much better than the Goose, especially at lower revs.  The Goose did have a much more visceral feel however, which I personally like.  The Beemer was much smoother than I expected.

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2021, 08:59:09 AM »
It checks most of the boxes for me. Would like a bigger seat, luggage rack and panniers to replace my 1200 Sport.
Tubeless spoke wheels, driveshaft, analog (style) guages, 5 gallon fuel capacity. More than enough power. I don't see many around Seattle, but maybe I haven't been looking hard enough.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2021, 05:26:24 PM »
Interesting, I had the Griso, bought without sitting/having a test ride, and it did NOT fit me at all...6' 4" and I was folded up like a cheap wallet, was lucky to find a buyer for it. 

Apart from ergonomics, the R Ninet ran much better than the Goose, especially at lower revs.  The Goose did have a much more visceral feel however, which I personally like.  The Beemer was much smoother than I expected.

I was speaking figuratively. The literal fit was not ideal, but knight lowering pegs and bar risers fixed that. I have the 4V 1100 motor and like it more than the 8V.
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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2021, 07:43:45 PM »
is there a pillion seat under that cowl?
No, but the front of it is a leatherette pad that comes off giving a small storage space for gloves, etc. The hinge for the pad is notoriously fragile...so its essentially unusable (for me).


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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2021, 06:44:58 PM »
Well, I bought a R NineT Pure model, just a thrilling ride, but 4 weeks of ownership and 198 miles it is going back to the dealer.  Tried to start it for a ride today and nothing.  Deader than a doornail.  Checked the kill switch, neutral, side stand etc.  Just nothing.

On the very first day I rode it there was an error code in the dash, that pointed to a defective bulb.  Sure enough high beam was out. 

Are these things always so high maintenance?

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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #38 on: May 18, 2021, 07:43:49 AM »
I would have no problem owning and riding that beauty!! :thumb: :boozing: :bow: :cool: :wink: :smiley: :smiley:



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Re: BMW R9T makes a nice platform for multiple models
« Reply #39 on: May 18, 2021, 07:24:16 PM »
Well, I bought a R NineT Pure model, just a thrilling ride, but 4 weeks of ownership and 198 miles it is going back to the dealer.  Tried to start it for a ride today and nothing.  Deader than a doornail.  Checked the kill switch, neutral, side stand etc.  Just nothing.

On the very first day I rode it there was an error code in the dash, that pointed to a defective bulb.  Sure enough high beam was out. 

Are these things always so high maintenance?

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