Spy shots from Germany have emerged showing an updated BMW R nineT 2021 in testing, silencing speculation that the model would be dropped from the brand’s Heritage line-up.
BMW Motorrad has nearly rolled over its entire range to meet Euro 5 emissions standards, having recently announced a slew of updates to its line-up in Australia.
The BMW R nineT has not received a significant update since it debuted in 2014, so if the model is to continue, it would likely need a facelift to stay relevant in the popular modern retro segment.
Images surfaced by overseas publication RideApart reveal an updated R nineT and R nineT Pure variant, with noticeable changes like blacked-out cylinder heads, a new exhaust and a new headlight design similiar to the one featured on the incoming R 18 cruiser.
The images also appear to show the addition of a USB port, reworked tail-lights and different gauges.
It’s unclear if any performance upgrades have been made, although the bike’s 1170cc boxer will surely now meet Euro 5 standards.
We’ve seen much of BMW’s 2021 range, however, we’re still awaiting the reveal of the big GS adventure bike range as well as its G 310 R naked LAMS bike. This may present an opportunity for BMW to also tear the covers off a new R nineT.
BMW Motorrad Australia currently lists the R nineT, R nineT Scrambler, R nineT Pure and R nineT Urban G/S on its website, while the low-slung R nineT Racer is missing and likely no longer available.
The Pure is the least expensive of the bunch, now priced from $20,290 rideaway, followed by the Urban G/S and Scrambler (both $21,370), while the ‘base’ model checks in at $24,890.
BMW’s local wing has made a number of updates to its range for 2021, with new colour schemes, optional parts and various performance upgrades.
The company has yet to reveal its 2021 R 1250 GS, however, INFO MOTO understands that the new adventure bike will take on a similar update to its smaller ‘F’ siblings with a special ’40 Years GS Edition’.
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