It looks like BMW’s new air-cooled café racer has made an early, albeit brief, appearance on the internet. Photos of what we have been calling the BMW NineT appeared today on Italian news site La Repubblica, though the writers there called the machine the BMW R Nine. Unfortunately (for us) however, the article has since been taken down by the Italian publication.
With the NineT set to debut later today in Munich, these photos seem to be of the soon-to-be-released production model, and appear to be still shots for the machine’s upcoming press kit.
Readers may remember that this model was teased by BMW Motorrad at last year’s EICMA show, and since then we have seen the German OEM debut the drool-worthy BMW Concept Ninety, which was made in collaboration with Roland Sands. Not quite as retro and edgy as RSD’s design, the new NineT model was recently spotted in the wild, and is likely the last of BMW’s line to carry the air-cooled 1200 boxer engine.
Borrowing from other pieces in the BMW parts bin, the new cafe racer unsurprisingly has a shaft drive, though it does sport a conventional fork suspension front-end and elongated “cafe” style fuel tank.
With the BMW R1200R expected to get the same precision water-cooled motor as the BMW R1200GS, this new BMW NineT differentiates itself by staying air-cooled, though the overlap between the two models in palpable. It will be interesting to see how BMW Motorrad distinguishes the two machines from each other when they both have finally broken cover.