ROAD TRIP WITH THE R NINE T.

On tour with a classic boxer

there are many reasons for the success of the BMW R nineT: the purist design, the casual look, or even the manufactured like construction. Add to this the excellent customisation options. But above all it is the incredible driving experience that lets you enjoy very long distances. The 36-year-old American Sean Patrick did exactly such a road trip. And after more than 2,500 miles on his nineT he is strongly convinced that everyone should do such a tour.

Life is one big journey.

It sounds like a cliche, but for Sean Patrick life really does seem to like a dream. Full of adventure, full of discoveries and extremely diverse: Sean already lived as a Theravada monk in Thailand and afterwards built a successful business in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. Then he learned to ride a motorcycle and became a father for the first time. Oh, incidentally, he also wants to get married in the near future. But first the road is beckoning for a road trip. Together with a good friend. Honestly, what more can you expect from a great trip?
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The R nineT has inspired me to be a better driver. A driver that's worthy of such a high-calibre motorcycle.
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Sean Patrick

A small video with a great effect.

A small video with a great effect.

Sean and the nineT, that really was love at first sight. Its appearance and the versatile, easy to perform customising possibilities were what did it. "I enjoy very much taking motorcycles and cars that are already very beautiful and giving them my own personal style and thus making them even better in my eyes. The Café Racer Design and the high-quality materials of the nineT convinced me immediately." And then there's the video: "BMW had just posted this fascinating promotional video. I was absolutely impressed and immediately ordered a bike. Since then I am constantly amazed that the nineT is really a BMW. Because it has a very different body language. And everyone comments on what a good looking bike it is."

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Impressive in appearance, comfort and performance.

Impressive in appearance, comfort and performance.

The nineT's cool appearance is of course the first thing that thrills fans about this motorcycle. But even after the first few kilometres you can already feel its comfort and its performance. Sean can judge that very well after over 2,500 miles. And while it's no RT, GT or GTL, it's still a classic boxer you can definitely tour on. To do so, Sean simply strapped a waterproof bag with his camping gear onto the rear and drove off. His iPhone for taking photos and money for food and beverages were always at hand. As well as a 10mm Glock for protection against bears and mountain lions, which also like to prowl around the region.

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"After eight days on the nineT my muscles were less sore than I had expected. After all, it doesn't look like it's made for sitting on over long distances. But the fun more than makes up for that little bit of sore muscles. In fact, I would rate the riding experience as excellent. And the nineT feels so safe and well built that I fully trust it and it inspires me again and again."

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Sean is lucky to live in a part of the USA seemingly tailor-made for motorcycling. “The area has by far some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in my home country and would most definitely be an ideal route for European riders to come and explore,” he says. The roads are in good condition and there's many camping facilities and hotels along the route. And there's the fascination that comes from being able to experience both snow-capped mountains and hot desert sand in one single day and, of course, the extremely diverse American cultures. The nineT fits just perfectly on the beautiful country roads of Colorado. Because it has the power and the flexibility that it needs to properly enjoy the mountain passes."

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