In the world of motorcycles, BMW‘s R nineT made waves in 2013, seamlessly blending classic design with modern technology.
Exterior: A Timeless Blend of Classic and Modern
Now, BMW Motorrad introduces the new R 12 nineT as a Classic Roadster and the R 12 as a Classic Cruiser, continuing the legacy with a more classic and purist design. Craftsmanship and customization options are at the forefront, offering riders a chance to experience dynamic roadster riding or cool, relaxed cruising.
R 12 nineT: Urban Sophistication Meets Dynamic Fun
The R 12 nineT stands as a classic roadster, designed to make a stylish statement in urban environments while delivering dynamic riding pleasure on winding country roads. The aluminium tank, brushed and clear-coated side panels, seat, and tail-hump create a rising, dynamic line. Improved ergonomics, courtesy of a shorter and narrower fuel tank, bring the rider closer to the handlebars, enhancing the overall front-oriented seating position.
R 12: The Spirit of Easy Cruising
Under the motto “The Spirit of Easy,” the R 12 embodies a classic cruiser for cool and relaxed biking. The steel tank, reminiscent of the 1970s BMW /5 models, follows a classic teardrop shape, complemented by a standard solo seat and a curved, low-mounted rear wheel cover. The relaxed seating position, low seat height, and wide handlebars enhance the classic cruiser design.
Engine: The Heart of BMW’s Legacy
The heartbeat of the new R 12 models is the authentic and beefy boxer engine, a hallmark of BMW motorcycles for a century. The air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine, rooted in the legendary HP 2 Sport of 2007, powers the R 12 nineT with 80 kW (109 hp) and the R 12 with 70 kW (95 hp). The left-side “Twin Pipe” exhaust system, featuring two rear silencers with a reverse cone design, caters to both the sporty roadster and the cruiser.
Technology: Melding Tradition with Innovation
BMW Motorrad embraces innovative technology while preserving the timeless appeal of traditional motorcycle eras. The new one-piece tubular bridge steel spaceframe, a departure from the previous R nineT series, brings a cleaner and more classic appearance. The rear frame, also of tubular steel, bolsters the main frame, eliminating the need for previous fastenings and reducing weight.
Instruments and Connectivity
The R 12 nineT features two analogue round instruments for speed and rpms, a USB-C port, and a 12V socket. For additional digital convenience, a digital display is available as optional equipment. Meanwhile, the R 12 comes standard with a limited instrumentation setup, with the possibility of retrofitting a rev counter through genuine BMW Motorcycle accessories.
Riding Modes and Control
Both models offer standard riding modes, including “Rain,” “Road,” and “Dynamic” for the R 12 nineT, and “Roll” and “Rock” for the R 12. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and engine drag torque control are standard, ensuring a safe and controlled riding experience.
Prices: Craftsmanship with Customization
The allure of the BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 goes beyond the road; it’s about the ownership experience. Craftsmanship and attention to detail merge with maximum customization options. While exact prices may vary, the promise of owning a piece of motorcycle history with the ability to tailor it to individual preferences makes it a collector’s dream.
Breaking and Suspension
Radially mounted 4-piston monobloc brake calipers, steel flex brake lines, and floating 310 mm brake discs provide powerful braking. The new models boast an upside-down telescopic fork at the front, with Paralever swinging arm and rear spring strut at an angle for improved travel-dependent damping. The R 12 nineT offers a fully adjustable USD telescopic fork.
Lighting and Comfort
Powerful LED light units come standard, with the option to upgrade to adaptive Headlight Pro. Keyless Ride is standard, offering convenience and ease of use. Additionally, both models are available in three attractive color options, ensuring riders can make stylish appearances as Classic Roadster and Classic Cruiser.
Final Conclusions: Riding Into the Classic Future
The BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 epitomize the seamless blend of classic elegance and modern power. Whether you crave dynamic roadster experiences or the ease of classic cruising, BMW Motorrad‘s commitment to craftsmanship, customization, and innovative technology ensures an unparalleled ride. As the road unfolds, the R 12 models carry forward the legacy of BMW’s iconic motorcycles, setting a new standard for classic and purist design in the world of motorcycling.
Main Highlights of the new BMW R 12 nineT and R 12
• Classic, purist design as a roadster and cruiser.
• Beefy air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine.
• Workmanship with great attention to detail.
• Designed for customizing.
• R 12 nineT with 80 kW (109 hp) at 7,000 rpm and 115 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
• R 12 with 70 kW (95 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 110 Nm at 6,000 rpm.
• Left-side exhaust system with double silencer and conical end pieces.
• New airbox, now integrated under the seat.
• One-piece tubular spaceframe with bolted-on rear frame.
• Upside-down telescopic forks at the front and Paralever swinging arm with rear spring strut now arranged at an angle with revised travel-dependent damping. The
USD telescopic fork is fully adjustable on the R 12 nineT.
• Radially mounted 4-piston monobloc brake callipers, steel flex brake lines and floating 310 mm brake discs.
• Powerful braking system in conjunction with BMW Motorrad ABS Pro for safe braking even when cornering.
• Tailored customization options available through the genuine BMW Motorrad accessories, known for their premium quality.
• Standard riding modes “Rain”, “Road” and “Dynamic” in the R 12 nineT and “Roll” and “Rock” in the R 12.
• DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) and engine drag torque control as standard.
• New classic round instruments as well as USB-C and 12 V socket. Digital display available as optional equipment ex works.
• Powerful LED light units as standard and adaptive Headlight Pro as optional equipment ex works.
• Keyless Ride is standard.
• Three attractive paintwork options for making stylish appearances as Classic Roadster and Classic Cruiser.
• Tailored range of ex works customization optional equipment available through the genuine BMW Motorrad accessories, known for their premium quality.
BMW R 12 nineT Media Gallery
BMW R 12 Media Gallery
BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 Design Media Gallery