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post #1 of 31 Old 03-25-2019, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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My blank Canvas

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Another NineT here from Australia..


The story so far: A year or so off getting my full bike license, I did what most around these parts do and jumped straight onto something way beyond my capabilities - a BMW HP4. I got it with very low k's and for a price I simply couldn't resist. I loved the bike, but never really got to enjoy what it could do as it was only ever a street bike (a daily ridden street bike at that). After a few too many official warnings from the boys in blue, I decided a downgrade in power was in order and ended up selling it over two years later for around the same price I purchased it for. I've always had a thing for cafe racers and have loved the R Nine T's since they first came out and seemed like the ideal replacement. I do believe that it's more fun to drive a slow car fast - using all the revs in all the gears, and the same applies to bikes.


Anyway, behold my blank canvas: An 09/2018 R Nine T Original.
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I actually purchased the bike while working abroad, and as such I had a bit of down time to purchase a few bits and pieces to personalize it a little.. Before I had even ridden the thing.

Here's what was waiting for me:
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First things to go on were the bolt-ons.
Rizoma 'One' Mirror
Akro Ti Black exhaust with BMW exhaust hanger
RSD Check-it Seat.


The RSD seat is amazing, but very tricky to fit without stripping the floating nut inside the seat. I came up with an alternative way to mount the seat which I'll try add photos for later..
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R Nine T's come factory with LED lights, however that diving board just had to go!
I wasn't really happy with the off the shelf items for R nineT's and with the 'beak' of the RSD seat, I needed something that would accommodate. Unfortunately here in Australia we aren't allowed to have side mounted plates.



I ended up getting the Rizoma undercarriage tray and paired it with a Rizoma Universal number plate light / holder. After a bit of fiddling, I managed to come up with something that I'm happy with.


To finish it off, a set of Rizoma Club S lights would cover running, brake and indicators. Wiring was a little tricky, but it all came together nicely. There's a lot of conflicting advice about how to properly hook these up.
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Suspension:


I was originally set on Wilbers, but I must admit that when a road less traveled presents itself, I'll give it a go. For many years I've used Bilstein shocks on my cars and was surprised to find that they also cater for our R NineT's! I have seen very little mention of them on this forum however they are used and recommended quite a bit on a German R NineT forum. So figured I'd give it a shot! You simply provide your weight with gear, and whether you ride solo or two-up and off you go! Worth noting, the company selling them are happy to powder-coat the spring whatever colour you choose for a small fee. Black is the factory option.


In a nut-shell it's got adjustable rebound and compression damping, adjustable preload incl. height adjustment + 15mm at the shock (no travel loss). It's a bucket load lighter than the factory item too.


Of interest, it doesn't have an external reservoir and claims to benefit without one. From Bilstein: "The rebound and compression stages are located in one housing, without an external reservoir. Advantage of this technology: Very short flow paths because the oil does not have to flow through the expansion tank first. Effect: faster response to the smallest unevenness, resulting in enormous comfort."


I'm not that clued up on suspension or the inner workings of shocks, so the above may just be jargon to get someone like me thinking it's better than the rest, but I do trust in the brand so wanted to give it a shot.


It's now been installed along with a stiffer set of springs and a re-valve up front, but only had a quick ride home from the shop and haven't had a good opportunity to really test her out. Initial opinion is that it feels a **** of a lot better than the factory item (I'm 6'2 @ 90kg) but really need to get a few more K's on it before I can really comment.


I will probably make a separate thread about the shock so others can chime in on their experiences and potentially add another player into the mix.
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Next up: ABM Clip-Ons have arrived so will get them mounted.. Then depending on how they feel, I suspect a set of rearsets will be next.
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Nice build thread and looking forward to your experiences with the suspension.

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

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Great thread so far!

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Interesting mate. I’ve been looking at Ohlins option but like what you’ve got going on the rear shock there. How does the price compare?
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R Nine T's come factory with LED lights, however that diving board just had to go!
I wasn't really happy with the off the shelf items for R nineT's and with the 'beak' of the RSD seat, I needed something that would accommodate. Unfortunately here in Australia we aren't allowed to have side mounted plates.



I ended up getting the Rizoma undercarriage tray and paired it with a Rizoma Universal number plate light / holder. After a bit of fiddling, I managed to come up with something that I'm happy with.


To finish it off, a set of Rizoma Club S lights would cover running, brake and indicators. Wiring was a little tricky, but it all came together nicely. There's a lot of conflicting advice about how to properly hook these up.


I run the same Club S and Club front indicators here in Melbourne.

I had a sensible lad on a group ride suggest they arenít compliant here in Oz as we need a separate center mounted brake light.

Iím not sure if that is true, did you look into it or just put them on like I did?


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