What’s New For 2021?
For 2021, BMW refreshed their heritage models. This includes the new R18 Classic, and an updated R nineT lineup. Because the R 18 was just recently released, there are no dramatic changes in store. You get the same 1,802cc air-cooled boxer engine with 91 horsepower and 116 lb-ft of torque. However, BMW added an additional cruiser variant with some new factory components. The R 18 Classic comes with electronic cruise control, a windshield, saddle bags, a passenger seat, additional lighting and a 16-inch front wheel.
All four versions of the R nineT changed noticeably more for 2021. ABS Pro and Dynamic brake control are standard on all models along with a new shock absorber and adjustable spring preload. Other standard features include LED lighting in the headlight and instruments, “Rain” and “Road” engine modes and USB charging. BMW introduced a range of optional features as well including new “Dyna” and “Dirt” riding modes, Dynamic traction control and engine brake control (MSR), and a comfort package which includes heated grips, cruise control, and Riding Modes Pro.
Powertrain and pricing
The R nineT’s 1,170cc air-cooled boxer uses a new head to create a cleaner mixture in the combustion chamber, also improving torque between 4,000 and 6,000 RPM. While peak torque remains at 86 lb-ft, peak horsepower dropped from 110 to 109 thanks to stricter European emissions standards. Though losing one horsepower is unlikely to effect your ride.
BMW R nineT models for 2021 include the Pure, the Scrambler, the Urban G/S, and the full-on R nineT. If you were hoping for a new racer, you are sadly out of luck. However, this range of bikes has plenty to offer. The Pure is a base level bike with non-inverted forks, and simpler components. Though pricing and availability is not yet available, the 2020 Pure starts at $9,995.
The Scrambler is a further customized variant of the Pure. That means similar running gear but a more rugged style and higher exhaust pipes. The 2020 Scrambler starts at $12,995, so we can expect similar numbers for 2021. The R nineT Urban G/S returns for 2021, bringing back its classic R 80 G/S inspired style. A limited “Edition 40 years GS” paint scheme is available for the Urban G/S. With a high mounted front fender and extra rugged styling, the Urban G/S stands out from all other R nineT models. Though, it still shares most of its components with the Pure and Scrambler, helping keep its price (previously) around $13,000.
Finally, there is just the R nineT. Are you confused yet? The R nineT is the top dog among its cousins, with the best suspension and electronics suite, this beast starts at $15,495. However, the less expensive variants are designed to be modular and easily modifiable. BMW offers custom parts from the factory, and both the R nineT and R 18 will have no shortage of available upgrades to build whatever motorcycle you may want.
For more information on the new R 18 Classic and R nineT, check out the video linked below.