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BMW R nineT Racer (2017-2019) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the complete maintenance schedule for the BMW R nineT Racer, made from 2017-2019.

The BMW R nineT Racer was a member of the R nineT family released in 2017, alongside the Pure, Urban G/S, and Scrambler.

The whole BMW R nineT range shares a common engine base — an air-cooled 1,170cc flat twin “boxer” engine with four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts. The engine makes ~80 kW (~110 hp) of power and ~120 Nm (~90 lb-ft) of torque at the crank, powering the rear wheel via a dry clutch and a shaft drive.

The Racer has a really unique front cowl style, clip-on handlebars with a very aggressive riding position, a single seat, and twin gauges. It shares the same lower-spec suspension as the non-Classic R nineT motorcycles despite its “Racer” pretensions.

You may be searching for one of the following maintenance schedules from the BMW R nineT family:

Model family2014-20162017-20202021+
R nineT (Classic)2014-2016 BMW R nineT maintenance schedule2017-2020 BMW R nineT maintenance schedule2021+ BMW R nineT maintenance schedule
R nineT Puren/a2017-2020 BMW R nineT Pure maintenance schedule2021+ BMW R nineT Pure maintenance schedule
R nineT Urban G/S & Scramblern/a2017-2020 BMW R nineT Urban G/S and Scrambler maintenance schedule2021 BMW R nineT Urban G/S & Scrambler maintenance schedule
R nineT Racern/aWIPn/a
BMW R nineT maintenance schedules

The maintenance schedule for the R nineT Racer is similar to the schedule for the BMW R nineT Pure (2017-2020).

The Racer was discontinued in 2019 for reasons known best to BMW, but has a loyal following.

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What you need to service the BMW R nineT Racer — Consumables and Special Tools

For the BMW R nineT Racer, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.

PartBMW R nineT Racer Spec
Engine oilPer the manual for all R nineT bikes, a maximum of 3.8 L (1 US gal) L of SAE 15W-50, API SJ/JASO MA2. Additives (for instance, molybdenum-based substances) are prohibited, because they would attack the coatings on engine components, BMW Motorrad recommends BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC 15W-80 Ultimate oil.
Oil filterAll BMW R bikes use a BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 673 541. The best replacement is a Hiflofiltro HF164.
Spark plugsNGK MAR8B-JDS This is what the manual suggests. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8mm (get a gapping tool).
Air filterYou can get the stock air filter (part 13717706414), but riders love the BM-1204 air filter from K&N, which is reusable.
Brake padsUse the standard brake pads by Brembo, which you can order from your dealer. Or use EBC double hardened brake pads to get the best out of your advanced braking system. For the Racer, use two FA244HH for the front, and one FA363HH for the rear.
* Note — Pads are different across the R nineT line (R nineT Classic vs Pure, Racer, Scrambler, and Urban GS) — get the right ones.
Drive oilCalled the “Rear axle differential oil” in the manual. BMW recommends “SAE 70W-80 / hypoid axle G3”, but many hypoid gear oils work, e.g. Mobil 1 75W-90.
Alternator beltSuper annoying when this breaks! The part number is 11 31 8 528 385. It’s easiest to pick this up from a dealer.
BMW R nineT Racer consumables

BMW R nineT Racer Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the BMW R nineT Racer as per the manual, but clarified and simplified slightly.

The R nineT motorcycles have quite short valve maintenance intervals. You have to inspect the valves every 6,000 miles or 10,000 kilometres.

The Racer also doesn’t need you to change fork oil, as the forks are simpler than on the R nineT (Classic).

Simplified, the maintenance for the BMW R nineT Racer involves:

  • A standard service every 12 months (irrespective of distance)
  • Oil change every 10,000 kms or 12 months, whichever is earlier,
  • Checking the valve clearances every 10,000 km/6,000 miles (with no time restriction)
  • A series of other periodic checks

Notes:

  • Observe the earlier of the time-based or distance-based interval.
  • After the 40K km (24K mi) mark, continue repeating the schedule in the pattern indicated.
x 1000 km10203040
x 1000 mi6121824Notes
Standard scope of BMW service (See below))Annual
Engine oil change, with filter (BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil, BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779)XXXXAnnually or every 10K km (6K mi)
Oil change in the rear bevel gearsXXEvery 2 years or every 20K km (12K mi)*
Check valve clearanceXXXX
Change transmission oil (Mobil 1 75W-90)XAfter 1 year, then every 2 years or 40K km (24K mi)
Replace spark plugs (NGK MAR8AI-10DS)XX
Replace air cleaner insert (BMW part 13717706414)XX
Replace alternator belt (11 31 8 528 385)XEvery six years or 40K km (24K miles)
Adjust engine synchronizationXXXX
Change brake fluid in entire system (b) (Castrol Dot 4)After 1 year, then every 2 years
BMW R nineT Racer maintenance schedule

* The US manuals for the R nineT have an error/inconsistency in the notes regarding the rear bevel gear oil change. The main table says every 2 years but the footnotes say “annually”. The European manuals say 2 years in both the main table and footnotes.

BMW Motorrad Service, standard scope

The activities in the BMW Motorrad Service standard scope (that are to be done periodically according to the service schedule above) are listed below.

There might be additional work to be done on your BMW R nineT Racer in addition to the standard service — whatever you (or the mechanic) observe.

Note: Some of the below tests, including those that need the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system or re-setting the service due date, require BMW-specific equipment. These are marked with a [B].

[B] Perform vehicle test with BMW Motorrad diagnosis system
Visually inspect the hydraulic clutch system (adjust free play and lubricate as necessary)
Check steering-head bearing
Visually inspect the brake lines, brake hoses and connections
Check front brake pads and brake discs for wear (replace pads with FA244HH if necessary)
Check front wheel brake fluid level
Check rear brake pads and brake disc for wear (replace pads with FA363HH if necessary)
Check rear wheel brake fluid level
Check the cable linkages for ease of movement, chafing and kinks, and play (lubricate with Protect All Cable Life as necessary)
Check tyre pressures and tread depth
Check side stand for ease of movement
Check tension of the spokes (if spoked wheels fitted) and tighten as needed
Check the lighting and signal equipment
Functional check for engine start suppression
Final inspection and road safety check
[B] Set the service-due date and service countdown distance (using the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system)
Check battery charging state
[B] Confirm BMW service in the vehicle literature
BMW Motorrad service for R nineT Racer — Standard scope

BMW R nineT Racer Tire size and pressures

The following are tire sizes and tyre pressures for the BMW R nineT Racer.

The Racer is available with cast alloy rims or spoked rims (with tubed tyres).

Wheel/TireSizePressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 17 (58)2.5 bar (36 psi)
Rear180/55 ZR 17 (73)2.7 bar (39 psi) one-up
2.9 bar (42 psi) two up with cargo
BMW R nineT Racer tyre size and pressure

About the 2021 BMW R nineT Racer

When it was released in 2014, the BMW R nineT was an instant classic — a true “return to roots” of motorcycling.

The R nineT racer was somewhat unexpected of BMW. They had been known at that point for doing three things: 1. boxer-driven adventure and sports tourers, 2. inline-four or six-cylinder bikes as sport tourers, and 3. hypersports bikes.

The 2017-2019 BMW R nineT Racer had bits of all of those. It took a boxer engine from an older R 1200 (the R 1200 range had been water cooled since 2015), a riding position straight out of a sports bike’s playbook, and suspension from… the other R nineT motorcycles — just conventional forks with gaiters and no adjustability.

And looks to die for.

So the BMW R nineT racer doesn’t really make sense on paper. It’s a gorgeous looking bike that has a very aggressive position and a lazy air-cooled engine that actually likes being short-shifted. So what? It also looks like a cafe racer builder’s fantasy. It has that beautiful fairing, a gorgeous exposed single-sided swing-arm, sculpted exhaust pipes, and twin gauges.

The BMW R nineT Racer is based on the same air/oil-cooled boxer that powers the rest of the R nineT range. It’s a twin-cam 8-valve setup that makes 80 kW (110 hp) at 7750 rpm, and 116 Nm (86 ft-lb) at 6000 rpm. There’s a natural shifting point around 6-7000 rpm even when you’re pushing it hard.

The R nineT Racer competes in principle with other “street sport” bikes like the Triumph Thruxton R. Even though the Thruxton normally makes lower power, its higher spec suspension and less aggressive riding position make it a better candidate for the street for many riders.

The R nineT Racer’s last unusual point as a sport bike is the drivetrain. While the shaft drive is low maintenance, it means it’s hard (or near impossible) to change drive ratios. Quick shifts don’t come as easily. And if you toast your clutch — it means splitting the bike in half to fix it.

Despite the above, the R nineT Racer has its legion of loyal fans. Because it’s not a bad bike; it’s just there are better bikes for specific use cases. But the looks of the BMW R nineT Racer alone mean it’s almost guaranteed to be a long-term classic.

Manual for the Racer BMW R nineT Racer

The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the BMW R nineT Racer (2017 model US, 2018 model Europe).

You can download the manuals from BMW’s website directly here.

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