BMW commenced production of the R nineT at its Berlin plant on Tuesday. The R nineT had its world premiere last month at the International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) which was held in Milan, Italy.
As BMW puts it, the R nineT was made to celebrate BMW Motorrad's 90th anniversary and combines the brand's DNA across those years. It took BMW two and a half years to develop the R nineT from its original concept form to series production. This short timeframe was mainly achieved as designers of the bike worked in tandem with vehicle developers from Day 1.
Within a few hours of starting production, the Berlin plant had made the first three units of the bike and BMW boasts that all production bikes will be tested on their roller dynamometer, which can record and test 1,000 parameters "within the shortest time".
The R nineT is powered by an air-cooled Boxer engine producing 110 hp at 7,750 rpm and 119 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Of particular highlight is its all-aluminium tank, which gets a hand-brushed, clear-coated, black lacquer finish.
The market launch of the R nineT will be held in Europe in the spring of 2014. The prices will be announced closer to the launch.
BMW R nineT Production Start - Press Release
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