The new R 12 nineT will be presented for the “100 years of BMW Motorrad” anniversary, exactly ten years after its predecessor.
The BMW R nineT was revealed on BMW Motorrad’s 90th anniversary in 2013. Ten years later sees the reveal of its successor – the new BMW R 12 nineT. Described as a “purist classic”, the R 12 nineT will be a powerful and hugely customisable classic roadster.
The 12 in the model designation refers to the engine capacity, as with many models in the history of BMW Motorrad – such as the current R 18.
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Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “The R nineT and its customising concept established the new Heritage experience for BMW Motorrad’s 90th birthday and has become an indispensable cornerstone of our model range. The new R 12 nineT consistently continues the successful heritage story surrounding the legendary BMW boxer engines with an even more classic, reduced design language, even greater degrees of freedom when it comes to customizing and, last but not least, new and innovative technology.”
With an air/oil-cooled boxer engine, the new R 12 nineT continues a BMW tradition begun 100 years ago. The very first BMW motorcycle – the R 32 – was based on the flat-twin engine. The boxer’s unmistakable design, powerful acceleration, unique power delivery, hallmark sound and smooth running have all become synonymous with BMW motorcycles.
The design of the new R 12 nineT marries the beefy character of the boxer engine with the design language of traditional motorcycle eras.
Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad, said, “The purist design language is dominated by the clear tank/seat/rear line, in the style of the traditional /5 or the legendary R 90 S of the 70s. At first glance, the tank itself is a classic BMW boxer tank, with a typical bend in the lower edge and classic knee contact. The new R 12 NineT also features side covers in the area of the frame triangle in the authentic Roadster look – another reminiscence of BMW motorcycles of the 1970s.”
Plenty of customisation options are available as part of the original BMW Motorrad accessory range. With customizing in mind, the new R 12 nineT also features an LED rear light unit integrated into the seat, which now makes it easy to realise a “short tail”.
The highlights of the new BMW R 12 nineT:
• Classic, purist design.
• Workmanship with great attention to detail.
• Air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine.
• Designed for customising.
• One-piece tubular space frame with bolted-on rear frame.
• Classic wheel guides with high-quality upside-down telescopic forks at the front and Paralever at the rear.
• Left-side exhaust system with double silencer and conical end pieces.
• Radially mounted 4-piston monobloc calipers, steel braided brake lines.
• Tailor-made, high-quality original BMW Motorrad accessory range.
More information on the R 12 nineT is expected in the second half of 2023.Enjoy more Fast Bikes reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.