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BMW Reveal R 12 nineT and R 12 Models

BMW have revealed the R 12 nineT roadster and R 12  cruiser which are both destined to hit Australian dealership showrooms early next year. The R 12 nine T will start from $23,990 + On road costs, whilst the R 12 will be priced from $20,210 +On road costs.

The two new models fuse classic style and potent powertrains while delivering their own distinctive character and riding characteristics.

The new BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 are classic roadsters and cruisers that combine the authentic and beefy character of the boxer engine and the design language of traditional motorcycle eras with innovative technology and a modular concept that offers the rider maximum customisation options.

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“With the new BMW R 12 nineT as a classic roadster and the R 12 as a classic cruiser, we are seamlessly continuing what began in 2013 with the R nineT,” said Josef Miritsch, Head of Air-Cooled Boxer Series at BMW Motorrad.

BMW R 12 Cruiser
BMW R 12 Cruiser

“Thanks in particular to the new frame concept, we have achieved an even more classic and purist design. The air/oil-cooled boxer engine with new airbox, which has its roots in the legendary sport boxer of the HP 2 Sport from 2007, ensures confident propulsion. With its four radially arranged valves, it is one of BMW’s absolute engine icons.”

With the R nineT, BMW Motorrad presented more than just a classic-style roadster in 2013. From the beginning it combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with high levels of craftsmanship and diverse customisation options.

Shortly afterwards, the R nineT was enriched with attractive derivatives, giving rise to a whole model family for the BMW Motorrad Heritage world. This meant the guiding principle for the new BMW R 12 nineT during development was “The Spirit of nineT”.

The goal was to seamlessly follow in the footsteps of the successful R nineT and carrying forward its archetypal look, timelessness, and high customisation qualities. While the new R 12 nineT as a classic roadster aims to make a stylish impression in urban environments as well as provide dynamic riding fun on winding country roads.

BMW R 12 nineT Roadster and R 12 Cruiser
BMW R 12 nineT Roadster and R 12 Cruiser

For the past 100 years, the two-cylinder boxer engine and the use of a propeller shaft drive have been synonymous with BMW motorcycles. In line with this legacy, the new BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 models, presented in the “100 Years of BMW Motorrad” anniversary year, further emphasise this distinctive powertrain configuration, following the recent unveiling of the new BMW R 1300 GS.

The air/oil-cooled boxer engine with a capacity of 1,170cc, already familiar from numerous BMW Motorrad models, delivers 80kW (109hp) at 7,000 rpm in the R 12 nineT and 70kW (95hp) at 6,500rpm in the R 12.

As part of the complete redesign of the chassis, the new R 12 models also feature a new airbox, which is now fully integrated under the seat. The left-mounted “Twin Pipe” exhaust system with two rear silencers with reverse cone design caters to both the desire for a classically designed, sporty roadster and a cruiser.

The centrepiece of the new BMW R 12 models is the newly developed tubular bridge steel spaceframe. This frame differs from the previous R nineT series, which had a front and rear main frame.

BMW R 12 Cruiser
BMW R 12 Cruiser

The new R 12 nineT comes equipped with two analogue round instruments for speed and rpm, a USB-C port on the left side, and a 12V socket on the right side for the onboard network.

The round instruments continue to support customisation by communicating via a LIN-Bus and separating the control and display units. The standard instrumentation for the new R 12 is limited to the speedometer, but the rev counter can be retrofitted with genuine BMW Motorcycle accessories.

On the R 12 nineT the aluminium tank with brushed and clear-coated side panels, the seat, and the tail-hump create a rising, dynamic line. The improved ergonomics compared with its predecessor are mainly due to the 30mm shorter and narrower fuel tank in the rear area. The rider is positioned closer to the handlebars, benefits from improved knee contact, and has a more front-oriented seating position on the motorcycle overall.

On the new BMW R 12, the steel tank, reminiscent of the so-called “Toaster Tanks” of the 1970s BMW /5 models, emphasises the typical design language of a cruiser in a classic teardrop shape and forms a descending line in combination with the standard solo seat and the curved, low-mounted rear wheel cover.

BMW R 12 Cruiser
BMW R 12 Cruiser

The large 19-inch front wheel and the small 16-inch rear wheel complement this harmoniously. The classic cruiser design is also reflected in the relaxed seating position with low seat height and wide handlebars.

The BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 come in three striking colour options. The R nine T will be available in Blackstorm metallic, San Remo Green metallic and Option 719 Aluminium. The R 12 will be available Blackstorm metallic, Aventurine Red metallic and Avus Silver metallic.

For further information on these new models, please contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

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