R9T Cafe Kit Prototype – JVB Moto’s “Two” BMW R nineT Racer

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About a year ago, Germany’s JVB Moto unveiled a beautiful one-off BMW R nineT build exhibiting a collection of bolt-on kit parts. This was the Cologne-based shop’s first collaboration with BMW Motorrad, and the Bavarian brand’s first officially commissioned R9T Scrambler build. Fast forward to Spring of 2018 and JVB debuted yet another R nineT build, this time setting its sights on the Ola Stenegard-designed R nineT Racer.

Like JVB’s scrambled 9T, the shop’s custom racer — appropriately dubbed the “Two” — was built as a prototype kit bike, designed to show off various bolt-on components that were earmarked for sale to the general public. Instead of completely redoing the 9T Racer like the shop did with the 9T Scrambler, the folks at JVB simply set out to tweak the stock design. “I just wanted it (the 9T Racer) to look more clean, minimalist, and aggressive,” explained JVB’s founder, Jens Vom Brauck.

An LED headlight unit with daytime running lights — which is available as a plug-and-play conversion kit on JVB’s website — was dropped into the Stenegard-designed fairing, and the stock indicators were jettisoned for sets of micro LED signals, fore and aft, mounted via CNC’d brackets. A set of carbon fiber wheel covers were slapped over the racer’s factory five-arm rims before being shod in super sticky Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa rubber.

JVB also designed an understated airbox cover for the Racer — also available for purchase — using a boxier shape while still bolting into place of the stock unit. “The design is more or less similar, but it has harder edges to match the fairing,” Jens told Pipeburn. “Every surface, every angle, and every detail was redone to fit the R9T’s Racer lines, tail frame, and fuel tank.”

The most apparent difference between the JVBuild and the stock R9T Racer is the Two’s tail-section. The (31.7”) round cafe cowl has been removed to free up space for a clean, more angular unit with a built-in taillight, notches for the stock subframe, and what appears to be a suspended license-plate hanger. Not only does this radically alter the rear-half of the bike, but according to Jens; “It’s not only higher, but it allows you to sit further forward. It makes for a much more comfortable riding position.”

To further bolster the Two’s comfort and daily rideability, the stock clip-ons were replaced with a set of higher-mounted LSL clip-ons (positioned above a gorgeous LSL top triple). Combined with the new tail-section, the riding position is now markedly more upright and relaxed. The 1,170cc Boxer Twin now exhales via a single can from Italian pipe purveyor, Arrow, which leaves the single-sided swing-arm on full display.

Other minor accouterments include a custom front-fender, a set of rubber fork gaiters (kind of a signature touch of JVB’s), and an aluminum reservoir cap — all of which are available from JVB. To finish out the demo-kitted R9T, JVB opted to adorn the reimagined heritage model in a matte white livery with flat black stripes and matching tail. The Roundels on the tank have been removed and replaced with custom “NineT” decals (also available through JVB).

For more info on JVB’s “Two”, I recommend checking out the full write ups it received on TheBikeShed and Pipeburn. You can also check out JVB’s 9T Racer or Scrambler kit parts on the shop’s website.

You can find this custom JVB-kitted 2017 BMW R nineT Racer for sale here on TheBikeShed in Cologne, Germany with a price of $20,650 (or €18,000).

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