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post #1 of 8 Old 03-15-2017, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Post Of The Month Feb 2017: 9T Racer Review



Winning out over tough competition this month, many congratulations go to @kebo for his great test ride of the new R nineT Racer.

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Review by Kebo follows below:

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Just came back home from excellent event BMW motorrad test camp Almeria, in Spain. Attended already 4th time and plan to go again next year - love it. Spent one day with Racer:



Very good and nice looking bike from the stock - honestly I like it better than stock 9T offered today. White painting + colored stripes are very nice. Bike has different geometry - moved position of footpegs & and lowered handlebars (remembered me well position on my customized nineT):





I was positively surprised by functioning of fairing. We did 300 km on that day, also on highways with speed above 130 km/h and fairing works really good. Front suspension works well too, I had a feeling that comparing to previous years of nineT rear shock is softer. I see that as improvement, as OEM rear shock was not very comfortable. But roads in Andalusia are so good that is might be subjective. No real changes on engine - still amazing and makes a lots of fun. New double clock cluster looks good in fairing of Racer - honestly, I do not like "plastic" look and weak mount with same set up on normal 9T. Looks very cheap to me...
There are now a lot of additional information on two display - left one is controlled by "trip" and right one one by "info".
Brakes works good, rear one better than on "normal" nineT. Do not know exactly how it is possible as it looks exactly the same parts, but might be that it is thanks to different position and length of lever.









I enjoyed the day a lot:





If you like (and have a patience for 200 pictures) here are more photos from the event:

https://goo.gl/photos/gngpXcPEZahNw23D7

Today I'll be mostly riding.....

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Great review and beautiful bike! Thanks!


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Great Review.
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Even better pics.
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Interesting that this bike has spoked wheels instead of the factory spec'd cast. I'm wondering how it braked in the mountains given the pots instead of monobloque.
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Interesting that this bike has spoked wheels instead of the factory spec'd cast. I'm wondering how it braked in the mountains given the pots instead of monobloque.
Brakes on Racer works OK. May be not so good as on RR but They works reasonable well.


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These definitely aren't superbike brakes, but for putting around they are ok. The Racer is still afflicted with overactive rear ABS, however.
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These definitely aren't superbike brakes, but for putting around they are ok. The Racer is still afflicted with overactive rear ABS, however.


Agreed. The ABS on my 1200rt almost never engages while on my 9t it's a regular occurrence. I suspect BMW Hasn't quite fine tuned the setup to account for the lack of a front telelever. Reading the other threads, it seems like the cure is an Ohlin rear. See Motodaveo's thread.


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