There are five BMW R nineT models you can buy today, and the Urban G/S is my favorite. It’s a clever hat-tip to the legendary R 80 G/S, and it’s a total hoot to ride.
But unlike the 1980s classic it’s modeled after, the Urban G/S isn’t really an off-roader. It’ll tackle the odd fire road for sure, but it’s not designed to handle the rough stuff. If you love the R nineT and want to go off-piste, you’ll need a custom build—like this toughened up beast from Ronna Norén of Unique Custom Cycles.