Today I've had a chance to ride test a BMW R Nine T Vintage 21 at Bahnstormer Motorrad, 71-73 Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7NG.
Is a naked bike, with retro design and just the basic speedo, rev gauge and no traction control representing that old school experience.
The engine is a 1170cc four-stroke, DOHC, two cylinder boxer with 110HP.
On this model, BMW has keep the old type of air cooled boxer, which, if is the first time when you ride a motorcycle with this type of engine, you will have the impression that the motorcycle is unbalanced.
I had a bit of rain and on the Maidenhead B roads, motorway too and I've manage to properly feel the BMW torque, Akrapovic manufactured exhaust, engine brake, the front and rear brakes. The rear brake lever is a bit low and you need to move your foot more but is adjustable.
The motorcycle is low, good for how short I am ( 1.64m) with a 805 mm seat but I've noticed that is wider and when I was stopping I wasn't comfortable.
I couldn't feel the 222kg of the motorcycle but I was really feeling the engine vibration in the handlebars, making my hands going numb, which isn't pleasant.
Another minus for someone with a small hand is the distance to the turning signals switch. You need to take your hand from the clutch in order to put the signal on.
Overall is a nice motorcycle for short rides, with a good fuel autonomy .