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2018 BMW R NineT Urban G/S: Old style meets new brap

The R NineT Urban G/S looks ready to rip around the world, but it would be happier to take you to brunch, in style.

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Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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2018 BMW R NineT Urban G/S

The BMW R NineT Urban G/S is the latest member of BMW's heritage-inspired air-cooled R NineT line.

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It's packing an 1170cc air-cooled boxer twin, shaft drive, nonadjustable suspension and a smaller price tag than the original R NineT.

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The NineT's engine comes from the 2004-2012 BMW R1200GS adventure bike where it labored away mostly behind the scenes.

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In this application the air-cooled boxer really shines, making boatloads of power and torque with a nice noise to-boot.

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Don't let the high-mount mudguard and headlight fairing fool you, this G/S is meant for city streets and canyon roads.

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The boxer twin is as synonymous to BMW motorcycles as the inline-six is to BMW cars.

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The R NineT Urban GS is packed with incredible little details like this embossed logo on its huge intake trumpet.

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The R NineT's flat, thin seat is good for around town rides, but some of our editors found it less tolerable on longer trips.

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One of the biggest disappointments with the R NineT Urban G/S is the lack of instrumentation. This analog speedometer and small LCD display are all you get. No tach, no fuel gauge.

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The small BMW roundel inside the headlight reflector is another little touch that proves the R NineT is a premium product.

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