Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the hipster-led retro bike revival? It seems BMW thinks so, because it says its R nineT range is now ‘complete’.
At the moment there are five models in the range. As well as the original R nineT, there’s the Scrambler, Racer, Pure and Urban G/S. Sure, between them they cover most of the bases, but the news that the range will grow no more eliminates some possible additions. For instance, a bobber-styled derivative was widely expected, particularly after the reveal of the R5 Hommage concept bike. And Roland Sands, who styled the original R nineT concept, has created a bobber version, too.
BMW’s annual report says “R nineT family now complete” before recapping the 2017 launches of the Pure, Racer and Urban G/S.
Of course, BMW could still have plans to add more ‘heritage’ retro machines, just not based on the R nineT platform.
For 2019, though, the firm’s plans look to the future rather than the past. We already know that there’s a new S1000RR coming, and surely that means a new S1000R is also on the cards. A revamped S1000XR would also make sense, perhaps in a year or two’s time.
Next year’s new machines will also include replacements for the R1200GS and R1200RT. We’re expecting both to get a new 1250cc engine with variable valve timing. And BMW’s scooter range will also expand, with additional C400 models and possibly even a new C Evolution. Last year’s Concept Link certainly hinted at one.