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First Times Ride: BMW rNineT
First Times Ride: BMW rNineT

BMW has unveiled its long-awaited rNineT naked scrambler, a stripped street racer ripe for customization. In reaction, the motorcycle press is doing hand-springs, and the motorcycle-riding public is asking, What took you so long? The stodgy German motorcycle manufacturer spent years developing and delaying production of the rNineT, a prototype of which first appeared six years ago. “This bike is a really different story for BMW, and a long one,” said Ola Stenegard, head of vehicle design for BMW’s motorcycle division. “This represents something I thought BMW would never do.” Designed to be what Stenegard and other BMW executives are calling “a...

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