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I’ve been a member of this community for nearly a decade and have made lifelong friends here. For real. In the flesh.

I left once before and came back and my Triumph love remains strong but I decided to trade in my T120 for this new BMW R9T /5 50th Anniversary model.

My Bonnie treated me great and Over Labor Day I did an 1100 mile round trip to the Bull City Rumble on her.
I’d been watching the R9T since 2013 but the price point scared me away so I figured I’d grab a used one down the line. Then triumph introduced the water cooled line and my T120Black called out. March would have been 4 years.

When this blue beauty was announced I looked it over and the wheels started turning. Called my dealer who explained their are only 150 coming to the United States and his wasn’t spoken for yet. He gave me a great number on my trade and I pulled the trigger.
 

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I’ve been a member of this community for nearly a decade and have made lifelong friends here. For real. In the flesh.

I left once before and came back and my Triumph love remains strong but I decided to trade in my T120 for this new BMW R9T /5 50th Anniversary model.

My Bonnie treated me great and Over Labor Day I did an 1100 mile round trip to the Bull City Rumble on her.
I’d been watching the R9T since 2013 but the price point scared me away so I figured I’d grab a used one down the line. Then triumph introduced the water cooled line and my T120Black called out. March would have been 4 years.

When this blue beauty was announced I looked it over and the wheels started turning. Called my dealer who explained their are one 150 United States and his wasn’t spoken for yet. He gave me a great number on my trade and I pulled the trigger.
Here is the deal, I've owned 9 Hinckley Triumphs since 1996. I was a sales manager for a Triumph/BMW shop for a couple of years and much preferred Triumphs style and reliability to go with reasonable pricing. As a matter of fact I thought quite a few BMW buyers were rather arrogant and thought they were special.

My last two Triumphs in the garage are my 2009 Thruxton bought new and my 2016 Thruxton R. I consider myself a Triumph man, however I will be trading in my 2009 in the next week or so when I also pick up one of these blue BMW beauties.

I'm still consider myself a Triumph man but reasonable pricing isn't a Triumph selling point anymore.
 

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Here is the deal, I've owned 9 Hinckley Triumphs since 1996. I was a sales manager for a Triumph/BMW shop for a couple of years and much preferred Triumphs style and reliability to go with reasonable pricing. As a matter of fact I thought quite a few BMW buyers were rather arrogant and thought they were special.

My last two Triumphs in the garage are my 2009 Thruxton bought new and my 2016 Thruxton R. I consider myself a Triumph man, however I will be trading in my 2009 in the next week or so when I also pick up one of these blue BMW beauties.

I'm still consider myself a Triumph man but reasonable pricing isn't a Triumph selling point anymore.
If my budget and life allowed i’d Have kept my Bonnie without a doubt.
This model MSRP is $12,500. Definitely reasonable IMO.
 

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Congratulations on those good looking BMW R9T / 5 machines. I fell under the spell of a R9T Pure (now w/ a white Urban GS tank and Racer fender) this summer, but was able to also keep my Triumphs. That /5 edition is gorgeous, and I'm sure you'll enjoy the engaging character of the R9T boxer motor. Best of luck, and hope you both stay active on this forum.
 

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A new "Slash 5." Very cool.:thumb
 

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Great looking bike! Especially in that striking blue. Probably more of a direct competitor to the Thruxton but it would be interesting to hear what it feels like to ride the R9T compared to the T120. Hope you get on well with it and it doesn't stand for Bring My Wallet. Not to say a trip to the Triumph dealership is cheap these days...
 

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Beautiful bike and I think for the price BMW did/is doing a great job on this one and I love the A/C engine.

However, IMHO the short pillion seat looks like it is a no-go for anyone except for someone's 10 year old daughter. For me the T-120 is much more of a 2 up machine.

Enjoy this great retro machine.
 

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Gorgeous bike. I have had quite a few old BMW airheads and a few newer ones. I would be all over this if it had more of an upright seating position with higher bars. (I'm sure this could be changed though.)

I'm just getting old.
 

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I was waffling between an R1200R, an R9T, and a T120 when I was shopping and my ultimate choice (the T120) was driven mostly by cost. About the only times I regret choosing the T120 is when I have to service the chain. I also regret buying a bike with spoked wheels due to the tubes.

To be a Pete who's frank, these things have bothered me enough that I've often thought about selling the Triumph and buying a BMW, but I came to my senses (or lost my mind) when I saw the 2020 Rocket III GT. I'll have one of them under my ass as soon as they hit the showroom.

That /5 sure does look nice, though.

Pete
 

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There isn't really a bad choice here. I like Mustangs and Camaros...they are competitors but who says you can't appreciate both, right?

My Thruxton R is magnificent and expect the BMW RnineT/5 will be too.
Aye, its hard times we live in!
I was lucky enough to test both R9T and Speed Twin - for me the smaller size and greater agility of the Speed Twin did it, but I reckon the R9T had more character
 

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Great looking bike! Especially in that striking blue. Probably more of a direct competitor to the Thruxton but it would be interesting to hear what it feels like to ride the R9T compared to the T120. Hope you get on well with it and it doesn't stand for Bring My Wallet. Not to say a trip to the Triumph dealership is cheap these days...
The number 1 factor after my test ride was how the R9T handled more like my Speed Triple than my Bonnie.
It fell more agile and willing to go into a corner than the T120. Despite the 30 hp difference once I let my Bonnie breath she delivered all that lovely low end torque. So yes the BMW is more powerful but these T 120’s are phenomenal.

A few of you guys have said it. There are some really fantastic motorcycles available to us under $15kUS.
 

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Enjoy that beautiful bike and thanks for all the great posts here. Except the first one about your Remus exhaust - that post cost me a fortune! Hope you check in with us on occasion.
 

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I went to my local BMW dealer today and they had one of these 50th in stock. It really is a gorgeous bike and a nice size.

My fear was realized when I sat on it. It's just too leaned over for me. Otherwise, I think I would have bought it on the spot.

I'm really hoping BMW will one day issue a true "modern classic" with the same or very similar geometry to the older /5 models. I miss my old '73 R75/5.
 

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My fear was realized when I sat on it. It's just too leaned over for me. Otherwise, I think I would have bought it on the spot.
Same here!

Last summer I was really really taken (still am) by the R9T scrambler, which we all know it's not anywhere close to a real scrambler but looks pretty cool nevertheless, and I rented one for a day (here it's common practice due to short riding seasons).

Well, the day before I was 99% sure I'd buy it after the ride, but I gave it a pass due to:
1. Too aggressive stance for my height / liking
2. Pillion comfort and 'touring' capabilities
3. Engine a tad too nervous

While perhaps the above could be corrected by the good customization options for that model, I think it would have taken too much away from it.

That sound though... Aaahhh...
 

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Great bike, I'm sure you'll love it.
I test Rode an r9t racer before buying the Thruxton r, I thought the air cooled boxer was a better engine than the triumph twin, more powerful and revs a little bit higher and smoother at the top end, I probably will own one at some point but I couldn't resist the supermodel looks of the Thruxton r.
I'm sure you can stay on the forum, isn't there an "other bikes" section, if not there should be.
 

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I’ve been a member of this community for nearly a decade and have made lifelong friends here. For real. In the flesh.

I left once before and came back and my Triumph love remains strong but I decided to trade in my T120 for this new BMW R9T /5 50th Anniversary model.

My Bonnie treated me great and Over Labor Day I did an 1100 mile round trip to the Bull City Rumble on her.
I’d been watching the R9T since 2013 but the price point scared me away so I figured I’d grab a used one down the line. Then triumph introduced the water cooled line and my T120Black called out. March would have been 4 years.

When this blue beauty was announced I looked it over and the wheels started turning. Called my dealer who explained their are only 150 coming to the United States and his wasn’t spoken for yet. He gave me a great number on my trade and I pulled the trigger.
Really NICE

good luck and report back on it once you have some miles on it!
 
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