In Mission: Impossible 6 — aka Mission: Impossible – Fallout — the franchise continues its love affair with BMW Motorrad. In the previous installment of the series, Tom Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt took to the road on a BMW S1000RR sport bike.
For MI: 6, Cruise is back in the saddle of a BMW motorcycle. This time, it’s a BMW R nineT — a retro-styled roadster that BMW Motorrad calls a “blank canvas for customizing.” Introduced in 2014, the R nineT has a number a beautiful “oilhead” engine, which is arguably more aesthetically pleasing than a more modern liquid-cooled engine.
M:I6: BMW R nineT
This 1170cc air/oil-cooled boxer twin engine offers 110 horsepower and a stump-pulling 86 ft-lb of torque. To aid with customization, the bike has a separate engine and chassis wiring harnesses, as well as minimal fasteners connecting the seat, headlight, and tail light assemblies. We have featured a number of R nineT customs here from builders across the globe — including cafe racer, scrambler, and streetfighter style builds.
Some observers have claimed that the motorcycle Cruise rides is an R nineT Pure — a basic version of the platform — probably because of the tank color. However, closer inspection reveals that the bike has the fork gaiters/bellows, high-mount exhaust, toothed footpegs, and solo saddle of the BMW R nineT Scrambler version. That said, these could be additions to the Pure platform. Either way, the bike has the design cues of the Scrambler.
Main features of the R nineT Scrambler include:
- Single-sided swingarm with shaft drive
- Tachometer with analog display
- Elevated exhaust system
- Compact steel tank
- Toothed foot rests
The R nineT Scrambler does not have the gold anodized upside down forks of some of the other models.
Cruise is known for doing most of his own stunts. While filming in Paris in the fall of 2017, the actor suffered a horrific ankle injury. Believe it or not, the filmmakers were able to use the very scene where Cruise was injured in the final version of the film! You can see it at the 3:00 mark of this interview on the Graham Norton Show!
Behind the Scenes: M:I6 Motorcycle Chase Scene
What’s more, there are photos of Tom Cruise on an unidentified stunt bike that is not an R nineT, but perhaps a customized version of one of the BMW F Series enduros.
Here’s behind-the-scenes look at Cruise back on the R NineT, shooting down through a tube station and back up the other side — as video by some locals on the scene!
And here’s a photo of Cruise emerging from the subway on the R nineT — with a little air under his rear tire!
Mission: Impossible 6 – Motorcycle Chase Scene
Below, you can see much of the motorcycle in Mission: Impossible 6, with Tom Cruise weaving helmetless between traffic on his BMW R nineT before broadsiding a Peugeot after an ill-timed, over-the-shoulder rearward look.
BMW Bikes and Cars in Mission Impossible Series
BMW has been the official automotive partner for the Mission Impossible franchise for years. In Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise drove a BMW M3 and road a BMW S1000RR superbike, and the company introduced their new 7 Series flagship. In 2011, BMW debuted their i8 hybrid supercar in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
The partnership not only involves supplying the actual cars and bikes for the films, but important technical support to modify them for stunt work.