BMW R nineT Urban GS Review
What Is It?
The 2017 BMW R nineT Urban GS is a premium retro scrambler style motorbike based on the R nineT Pure, with a headlight fairing, flat seat and front beak.
Engine: 1,170 cc Boxer, 110 bhp
Economy: 45 mpg, 170 miles
Seat Height: 850 mm
Wet Weight: 221 kg
|✓||Looks great with the spokes, power, handling, customisation potential|
|×||No fuel gauge, traction control|
Here’s my view of the BMW Urban GS. When I was younger, I never was a huge fan of the “big” boxer motor. I always rode Ducati and always have been a big twin lover…
I'd always had a slightly negative view of BMWs, thinking they are old man bikes… But when my sports bike career was over, I went for a classic bike look that I could customise myself…
Bought a Bonnie, loved it, but missed the power… After riding that bike for 3 years, it was time for something new and after 20 years of riding suddenly the “big” boxer was my kind of bike! In the meantime my local bike community were all riding Bonnies and Thruxtons. I wanted something else, went for a test ride on the GS, was sold and in love!
Better build quality, more power and it just handles better then my previous bike. You can customise it any way you want, parts are unlimited and it looks awesome. That big boxer air-cooled engine has a charm and sounds amazing, even with the standard exhaust!
I went for the full option list but if there’s one thing I hate its the traction control, it's way to nervous, I always rode sports bikes, so I have an aggressive riding style and the TC is just not there… It's the first thing I deactivate when I start the bike!
- Kenny DW, 2019