• ASPIRANT CAFE RACER: The BMW R NineT was conceived to be customised, but is a fun ride even in its standard form. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • BIRTHDAY SUIT BEAUTY: Basically just an engine with two wheels, the R nineT’s old-school looks harken back to BMWs of yesteryear. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • SHOWSTOPPER: The bike elicited favourable reactions from my ever-opinionated bystanders. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • LESS IS MORE: Styling cues, like this air intake, are few and restrained, but therein lies its beauty. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • OLD SCHOOL REVOLUTIONARY: From the round head lamp to the two-tone tank to the dual tail pipes, the R nineT breaks the rules of modern naked bike styling. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • IT’S YESTERDAY AGAIN: Analogue dials add to the bike’s retro character. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • OLD BOXERS NEVER DIE: The air-cooled mill comes from the previous-gen R-bikes, but taller gearing gives it more oomph. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • CLASSIC BUT MODERN: The wire-spoke wheels sport Brembo disk brakes, not the drums your grandpa had to live with. Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt
  • STABILITY ÜBER ALLES: There’s a steering damper hidden between the tank and the fork – really needed on  a roadster? Image: Wheels24 / Dries van der Walt