Test BMW R nineT Pure A2 35 kW (2021): it has everything of a great

Test BMW R nineT Pure A2 35 kW (2021): it has everything of a great

Violet Field inHigh TechFeb 23, 2021 5 min read10 views

The prestigious BMW R nineT is available in a Pure version accessible with the A2 license restricted to 47.5 hp. But does the legendary 1200 boxer engine retain its strong character with half the muscle?

The prestigious BMW R nineT is available in a Pure version accessible with the A2 license restricted to 47.5 hp. But does the legendary 1200 boxer engine retain its strong character with half the muscle?

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The prestigious BMW R nineT is available in a Pure version accessible with the A2 license restricted to 47.5 hp. But does the legendary 1200 boxer engine retain its strong character with half the muscle?

New enthusiasts of the motorcycle license can now ride on a “behem” with the legendary flat twin 1170 cm3 air / oil cooled. The Bavarian brand indeed offers a Pure version of its vintage roadster limited to 47.5 hp for the first two years of license then "unbridable" to 95 hp thereafter. This BMW R nineT Pure for beginners and beginners differs from the standard R nineT by the presence of a smaller telescopic fork (43 mm instead of 46) with brake calipers with axial (and not radial) mountings. The Pure is also satisfied with standard spoked rims but can receive spoke rims for 415 €. The small needle instrumentation counter is in keeping with the stripped down style of this classic roadster. No tachometer or fuel gauge and even less gear indicator engaged. That said, the tiny digital screen integrates a fairly complete on-board computer with different trips and an engine temperature indicator. There is also a USB socket well hidden under the left of the tank. Like all BMWs, the R nineT Pure does not mess around with safety and comes standard with cornering-regulated ABS and traction control (known as ASC). For 1,100 €, the Finition Pro pack adds a finer modulation of the traction control (then called DTC) which adapts according to the driving modes and includes an additional Pro mode offering better reactivity of the accelerator. This pack also includes an alarm, cruise control, heated grips, adaptive cornering lights and even an engine brake setting (MSR) function.

An A2 with incredible punch

Armed like a robot, this roadster regains its vintage spirit by starting the big Boxer which vibrates from left to right to snort. The thin saddle at the crotch greatly facilitates life for small riders who can put their feet flat on the ground. The low center of gravity, linked to the architecture of the engine, ensures excellent balance and facilitates maneuvering. As soon as the first report is engaged, the German shows incredible softness and flexibility at all levels. The clutch, the gearbox, the brakes. Each control engages with perfect precision and dosage. And the twin accepts to evolve under regime without knocking too much. Great art. Every beginner should learn to drive on this. With 91 Nm of torque from 3500 rpm, the Boxer retains a nasty punch. Certainly not very long since it runs out of steam sooner but still very strong to the point of requesting traction control and steering damper. Although the maximum speed is limited to 160 km / h, the times allow lightning overtaking and stability on fast track reassures. This restricted version is therefore absolutely nothing frustrating and allows you to take advantage of this engine with its unique character and sound. The only downside is the comfort. Despite excellent suspensions, the BMW R nineT Pure imposes a driving position a little too forward with the knees very bent which quickly becomes tiring on the long court. The absence of a nose screen is just as much an incentive to limit travel times. Another concern is the price of course. Count € 13,500 excluding options and over € 16,000 for a well-equipped model like ours. Ouch! During our test, we recorded 6.5 l per 100 km but remaining wise the nineT is content with a good half liter less.

Verdict: The BMW R nineT Pure is arguably the best bike to start with with your A2 license. Safe, fast, obedient, overflowing with strength, this prestigious thoroughbred has nothing to do with his ephemeral bridle. Only excellence is expensive.

WE love :

• The astonishing punch of the A2 motor

• Road holding and benchmark braking

• Top manufacturing quality

We like less:

• The too sporty driving position

• The absence of rear mudguard

• The uncomfortable passenger seat

BMW R nineT Pure A2 technical sheet

• Engine: Twin 1170 cc

• Power: 95 hp at 7000 rpm (47.5 hp)

• Torque: 112 Nm at 5750 rpm (91 Nm at 3500 rpm)

• Dry weight: 219 kg

• Seat height: 805 mm

• Tank capacity: 17 liters

• Average consumption of the test: 6.5 l / 100 km

• Price: 13,500 €

• Pro finish: 1100 €

• Special painting: 555 €

• Spoked wheels: € 415

• Design silencer: 505 €

• Chromed manifold: 95 €

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