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Well it has taken four more years, and the orange paint has been replaced by BMW’s Motorsport white, but that café-racer concept has finally reached the streets in the shapely form of the R nineT Racer. And as the launch route in southern Spain flattens out, the road opens up and I crouch behind the low screen with the throttle wound open and the speedo needle approaching the 100mph mark, this latest member of BMW’s Heritage division is making plenty of sense.
The Racer’s 1170cc, aircooled boxer motor is punching it through the air with enough force to get my attention, and with a slightly old-school character and flat exhaust drone that are adding to the experience. The bike is feeling respectably taut and stable, too; and its fairing and the stretched-out riding position dictated by low clip-on bars are combining to make rapid riding as effortless as it is fun.
6 Months warranty, Multi point workshop check, full main dealer finance options availible.