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The BMW R nineT Urban G/S Helps Us Remember When the Dakar Rally Still Raced to Dakar

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Our Bothan Spies came through once again this EICMA season, bringing us news that the BMW Lac Rose Concept would enter production as the 2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S motorcycle.

As the name implies, the Urban G/S is based off the BMW R nineT platform, which means that it uses the iconic 1,170cc, 110hp, air-cooled, boxer-twin engine as its base, and then builds out from there.

As such, the chassis is the same modular frame that powers the rest of the R nineT line, complete with telescoping fork suspension at the front, along with a 19″ wheel wire-spoked wheel in the front, and a 17″ wire-spoked wheel in the rear.

All of this means that the BMW R nineT is mostly an aesthetic exercise – but it is quite the exercise, if you want our opinion.

Riffing on the Dakar Rally bikes of yore, the R nineT Urban G/S completes BMW’s heritage lineup, giving a stylish dual-sport motorcycle to enthusiasts who might still remember when the Dakar Rally actually raced to Dakar.

When combined with the R nineT Racer and R nineT Pure motorcycle that launched at INTERMOT, the R nineT Urban G/S is the fifth and final installment into BMW Motorrad’s heritage lineup.

BMW hopes that these bikes will resonate with riders who are looking for more basic motorcycles for their two-wheeled adventures. To that end, helping you get off the beaten road is a 4.75 gallon fuel tank, standard ABS, and option stability control.

There is no word yet on US availability and pricing, so hopefully we won’t have to wait almost a full year again, like we did with the BMW R nineT Scrambler. Cough.

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Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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