Popular BMW R nineT range gains Euro5 updated and new colours for 2021

BMW’s retro naked gets a revamp for 2021, with Euro5 certification, new colours, and more accessories across the range

2021 BMW R nineT model range updates

THE BMW R nineT retro naked range has been given a refresh for 2021 with changes to the exterior and also beneath the skin.

First up is the engine, which remains at 1,170cc but now gains Euro5 compliance. The heads have been redesigned both inside and out, with a new turbulence system being used to swirl the mixture to ensure improved combustion and increased torque in the mid-range. Power has dropped slightly when compared to the previous model, down from 110hp to 109hp, although the boost to the bikes mid-range should do well to hide this.

BMW R nineT Urban G/S

BMW R nineT Urban GS - revealed at EICMA 2016

The exterior of the R nineT engine has been spruced up too, for both aesthetic and practical reasons. The new cylinder head flows better from the exterior to the interior cooling fins and are designed to work alongside the new throttle valve designs to improve the overall look of the engine.

All models in the range will now include ABS Pro as standard and Dynamic Braking Control. A new rear shock absorber now includes travel-dependant damping which brings with a remote preload adjuster. The range will also gain Rain and Road riding modes as standard across all models.

The electronics updates for 2021 don’t stop there, with the range now benefitting from a ride-by-wire throttle, which beings with it cruise control and the option to include the Pro riding modes as an optional extra. On the road-biased R nineT and Pure models, this gets you Dynamic mode, with a sharper throttle response and reduced traction control intervention. On the Scrambler and Urban GS models you’ll get Dirt mode which lessens the ABS intervention to the rear significantly with traction control also reduced – but not removed totally.

Aside from the technical changes, the bikes are now available in a range of new colour and decal schemes, with the “Edition 40 Years GS” of the R nineT Urban G/S being particularly eye-catching. Available as a limited edition only, this unique model comes in a colour scheme reminiscent of the R 100 GS to mark the 40th anniversary of the BMW Motorrad GS family.

2021 BMW R nineT features

  • Iconic air/oil-cooled boxer engine with new cylinder heads for further increased torque in the mid-range as well as compliance with the EU-5 pollutant class.
  • 80 kW (109 hp) 7 250 rpm (previously 81 kW (110 hp) at 7 750 rpm) and 116 Nm at 6 000 rpm.
  • Cylinder head, cylinder head cover and throttle valve parts all in a new design.
  • ABS Pro with DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) for even greater safety when braking in banking position.
  • New suspension strut with travel-dependent damping (WAD) for even more balanced and comfortable handling as standard
  • Hand wheel for adjusting the spring preload on the shock absorber as standard.
  • Riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as standard.
  • Classically designed circular instrument with new dial.
  • White LED indicators as standard.
  • LED headlights incl. daytime running light/parking light as standard.
  • USB charging socket as standard.
  • Enhanced overall design with a wider range of exclusive paint finishes.
  • New ex works options and new optional accessories.

The new R nineT range is expected to land in dealerships in spring 2021, prices as per below.

Bikes are due in retailers Spring 2021.

BMW R nineT 2021 pricing

R  nineT


R  nineT Pure


R  nineT Scrambler


R  nineT Urban G/S