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BMW R NineT vs 2013 BMW R1200R

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The R1200R is a bike I've noticed that comes up quite often on the boards so i figured the community might benefit from a thread to compare the two. Now I may not be able to go into the technical aspects of both bikes like I know some of you can, but hey that why we're all here ;)

Lets start off visually. Found these pictures on ADV rider comparing the seat heights.

visually the R1200R has a bigger tail and a higher rise in the gas tank.

Here are the two bikes laid over each other

wheel bases are nearly identical, but i believe part of the tank rise on the R1200R is due to the telelever front end. From this picture you can tell that the NineT is unmistakably a BMW R bike underneath.

From what I understand the biggest difference between the R NineT and the R1200R is the NineTs inverted front forks and a telelever swing-arm setup. It will be curious to see how the NineT handles vs the R1200R.

Underneath the two are unmistakably similar.

R NineT

  • Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
  • Capacity 1,170 ccm
  • Rated output 110 hp (81 kW) at 7,550 rpm
  • Max. torque 88 lb/ft (119 Nm) at 6,000 rpm
  • Compression 12.0 : 1
  • Fuel/100 km 4.5 L @ 90 KM/H
  • Fuel type Premium Unleaded
  • Frame four-section frame consisting of one front and three rear sections, load-bearing engine-gearbox unit, removable pillion frame for single ride use
  • Suspension travel 4.7 inches front / 4.7 inches rear (120 mm / 120 mm)
  • Steering head 64.5 °
  • Seat height 30.9 inches Standard


  • Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
  • Capacity 1,170 ccm
  • Rated output 109 hp (80 kW) at 7,500 rpm
  • Max. torque 85 lb/ft (115 Nm) at 6,000 rpm
  • Compression 12.0 : 1
  • Fuel/100 km 4.1L @ 90 KM/H
  • Fuel type Premium Unleaded
  • Frame Two-section frame consisting of front and rear sections with load-bearing engine-gearbox unit
  • Suspension travel 4.7 inches front / 5.5 inches rear (120 mm / 140 mm)
  • Steering head 62.9 °
  • Seat height 31.5 inches Standard

Go nuts!
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An interesting post. I've pre traded my white R1200R for the NineT. My only concern so far is the seat to peg relationship as I'm tall too. On my R1200R I fitted the optional high seat and bar risers. Bar risers for the new bike will be no problem but I might have to resort to retrimming the stock seat for a more comfortable leg position. I'm not phased by the NineT looking smaller as I fell out of love with big bikes when I bought one of the first R1150 GSA's. A great bike for mile munching but cumbersome for use in tight technical riding situations especially with luggage. Up to now My R1200R was near perfect but I much prefer the classic style of the NineT. Otherwise I would have kept the old bike.

Uttho you may find it way to small Paul :eek:it's a lot smaller than your old pre trade bike, which you may of felt you sat in ,as you definitely sit on the 9T
I'll find out on Thursday when I sit on the bike for the first time at the NEC! I'll post back then. Fingers crossed! I hope I'm not disappointed.

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