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The 2024 BMW R 12 nineT and R 12

The classic roadster and cruiser.

BMW Motorrad has introduced the new 2024 R 12 nineT and R 12 classic roadster and cruiser.

With the introduction of the original R nineT in 2013, BMW Motorrad presented more than just a classic-style roadster. From the beginning, it combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with craftsmanship and comprehensive customization options. It led to a whole family of roadsters for the BMW Motorrad Heritage line.  

The guiding principle for the development of the new R 12 nineT was “The Spirit of nineT,” with the goal of following in the footsteps of the successful R nineT and carrying forward its look, timelessness and high customization 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 roads, the new BMW R 12 comes under the motto “The Spirit of Easy” — perfectly embodying a classic cruiser for cool and relaxed riding.

Key Features of the New BMW R 12 nineT and R 12

  • 1,170 cc air/oil-cooled, two-cylinder boxer engines
  • R 12 nineT with 109 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 85 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm
  • R 12 with 95 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 81 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm
  • Six-speed transmission with drive shaft
  • Exemplary craftsmanship with great attention to detail
  • Designed for customizing
  • Left-hand exhaust system with double mufflers and conical end caps
  • New under-seat airbox
  • New Classic trellis frame with bolted-on rear section
  • Fully adjustable upside-down telescopic front forks and Paralever rear swing arm with the shock, now arranged at an angle, with revised travel-dependent damping
  • Radially mounted four-piston monobloc brake calipers, steel flex brake lines and floating 310-millimeter brake discs
  • BMW Motorrad ABS Pro for safer braking even when cornering
  • Tailored customization through genuine BMW Motorrad accessories
  • Standard riding modes “Rain,” “Road” and “Dynamic” in the R 12 nineT and “Roll” and “Rock” in the R 12
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Drag Torque Control as standard
  • New classic round instruments as well as USB-C and 12-volt socket
  • Digital TFT display available as an option
  • Powerful standard LED lighting with optional adaptive Headlight Pro
  • Keyless Ride standard
  • Three attractive paint options for each model

Design 

The new BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 are classic cruisers and roadsters that combine the torquey 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 customization options. Reduction to the essentials and attention to detail were key priorities in the development of the design, resulting in a strong emotional appeal.

Customizing is more popular than ever. The trend started by the R nineT when it was launched in 2013 has given rise to an incredibly creative scene over the years. BMW Motorrad has catered to this demand with a whole model family centered around the R nineT, giving birth to the BMW Motorrad Heritage family. Ever since, the desire for customizing and personalization has been burning in countless motorcycle riders’ hearts. So, the question was not whether there will be a successor to the R nineT model family but how it can fulfill the desires and needs of customers even more captivatingly and authentically.

Accordingly, the new R 12 and R 12 nineT are built on a common, versatile chassis with a now one-piece trellis frame, an airbox positioned flat under the seat and an angled rear shock. This allows for different, interchangeable tank shapes, providing greater visual individuality. It also offers freedom in designing the seats and fly lines.

Classic Design and Optimal Ergonomics

On the BMW R 12 nineT, the aluminum tank with brushed and clear-coated side panels, the seat and the tail-hump create a rising, dynamic line. 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 for an authentic Roadster look — another reminiscence of BMW motorcycles of the 1970s.” The focus on essential design is supported by the compact and short tail section. The shorter fuel tank, which is 1.2 inches shorter and narrower in the rear, ensures significantly improved ergonomics and a more front-oriented seating position compared to its predecessor.

The R 12 nineT features a 31.3-inch seat height while the R 12 offers a lower, 29.7-inch seat height.

On the new BMW R 12, the steel tank, reminiscent of the so-called “Toaster Tanks” of the 1970s BMW /5 models, emphasizes the 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 fender. The large 19-inch front wheel and the smaller 16-inch rear wheel complement this look. The classic cruiser design is also reflected in the more relaxed seating position with lower seat height and wider handlebars.

Strong Attention to Detail

The new Heritage models’ attention to detail is evident in numerous features, such as the intricately designed front fender bracket or the LED headlight — with a black-framed light element on the R 12 nineT. The instrument panel also seamlessly integrates into the overall style. On the R 12 nineT, it features two traditional round instruments, while the R 12 has a single round instrument. The LED turn signals on the upper fork bridge are equipped with tinted smoke lenses. The R 12 nineT also has smoked rear turn signal lenses, while the new R 12 features integrated functional turn signals.

On the U.S. R 12 nineT, the LED rear lights are elegantly and discreetly integrated into the turn signal lights, while European models feature a central taillight. The concept of a classic roadster and classic cruiser is also reflected in the exhaust system with two, rear stacked mufflers fitted with conical end pieces.

The BMW Motorrad design team’s keen attention to detail is evident in the side covers. Painted in matching body color, they prominently showcase the bright chrome-plated badges — with the R 12 nineT displaying a model designation, while the R 12 does not. On Option 719 vehicles, the badges are finished with the corresponding lettering. In addition, an aluminum frame badge with their model designation adorns the new R 12 nineT and R 12.

BMW 2024 R 12 nineT and R 12
2024 BMW R 12 nineT

Three Attractive Paint Options 

The BMW R 12 nineT and R 12, are each available in three attractive color options:

  • R 12 nineT
    • Standard Blackstorm Metallic
    • Optional San Remo Green Metallic
    • Optional Option 719 “Aluminum” in brushed Aluminum/Night Black
  • R 12
    • Standard Blackstorm Metallic
    • Optional Aventurine Red Metallic
    • Optional Option 719 “Thorium” in Avus Silver Metallic

Drivetrain

Boxer Engine Offers Power and Torque for Dynamic Riding and Relaxed Cruising

For the past 100 years, the two-cylinder boxer engine and shaft drive have been synonymous with BMW motorcycles. In line with this legacy, the new BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 models, released in the “100 Years of BMW Motorrad” anniversary year, emphasize this distinctive powertrain configuration. Since the appearance of the first BMW motorcycle — the R 32 — in 1923, BMW Motorrad boxer engines have been known for their distinctive, rugged design; abundant torque; and unique sound. This is also true for the new BMW R 12 nineT and R 12, the boxer engine for which is based on the engine introduced in 2007 with the BMW HP 2 Sport and is considered an iconic representative among BMW boxer engines in terms of technology, performance, and torque delivery.

The air/oil-cooled boxer engine with a 101-millimeter bore, 73-millimeter stroke and 1,170cc capacity delivers 109 horsepower in the R 12 nineT at 7,000 rpm and the maximum torque of 85 pound-feet is reached at 6,500 rpm. In the R 12, 95 horsepower are available at 6,500 rpm and 81 pound-feet are generated at 6,000 rpm. The maximum engine speed is 8,500 rpm.

The valves, which are only radially arranged in the combustion chamber for this BMW boxer engine, are controlled by two overhead, chain-driven camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder. Lightweight cam followers are responsible for valve operation, and the valve clearance is adjusted using hemispherical shims. The cylinder head covers have been redesigned, drawing inspiration from the design of BMW’s legendary two-valve boxer engines. The proven six-speed transmission and the drive shaft transfer power to the rear wheel.

New Airbox, Now Integrated Under the Seat

As part of the complete redesign of the chassis, the new R 12 models also feature a new airbox. Unlike the previous R nineT series, the airbox no longer has an air intake duct located below the tank. It is now fully integrated under the seat.

New “Twin Pipe” Exhaust System Delivers the Unmistakable Boxer Sound

The left-hand mounted “Twin Pipe” exhaust system with two rear mufflers and reverse-cone cap design caters to both the desire for a classically designed roadster and a cruiser. Unlike the previous R nineT series, there is no longer a need for an exhaust flap.

The new manifold routing leads into a front muffler in front of the rear wheel, in which the catalytic converter is housed. On the new R 12 nineT, the manifolds and the front muffler are chrome-plated, and the rear muffler is electro-polished. The new R 12, on the other hand, features electro-polished manifolds and front muffler, while the rear muffler features a brushed finish.

The genuine BMW Motorrad accessories for the R 12 nineT and R 12 offer exhaust customization options to match the character of the two new R 12 models to personal preferences. For a particularly technical touch, a titanium sports muffler is available.

Riding Modes, Standard DTC and Engine Drag Torque Control

The new R 12 nineT features “Rain,” “Road” and “Dynamic” riding modes as standard, while the new R 12 has “Roll” and “Rock” riding modes so the rider can adapt the riding behavior to his or her personal preferences. Both new R 12 models are equipped with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), which ensures a high level of driving safety when accelerating. In addition, the new R 12 Models equipped with Engine Drag Torque Control as standard.

While DTC offers increased riding safety when accelerating, especially on slippery road surfaces, the Engine Drag Control prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abruptly releasing the throttle or downshifting, even under braking. Thanks to Engine Drag Torque Control, the new R 12 models detect this danger at an early stage.

Depending on the coefficient of friction between the tire and the road surface, the throttle valves are opened in milliseconds so that the drag torque is compensated for, and the rear tire remains in the optimal friction range. This results in further enhanced safety, especially on slippery roads.

In “Rain” mode on the R 12 nineT, the throttle response is gentle, and the traction control and torque control systems are more sensitive, ensuring increased safety on slippery roads.

BMW 2024 R 12
2024 BMW R 12

In “Road” mode, the throttle response is balanced, and the DTC control and Engine Drag Torque Control systems are designed for dry and high-traction road conditions.

In “Dynamic mode,” you can fully experience the potential of the new R 12 nineT. The throttle response is very direct, allowing for more slip at the rear wheel, and the Dynamic Traction Control optimally regulates traction even during sporty cornering.

The “Roll” mode in the new R 12 ensures optimal throttle response, and the DTC and Engine Drag Control systems are adjusted for ideal performance on all types of roads.

The “Rock” riding mode allows the rider to explore the full dynamic potential of the new R 12. Throttle response is spontaneous and direct, and DTC allows a little more slip. As a special feature, the bike idles with a deliberately irregular rhythm in the “Rock” mode.

Optional Shift Assistant Pro

The optional Shift Assistant Pro allows for clutchless shifting in almost all load and speed ranges. It offers increased dynamic performance and comfort compared to manual shifting, with extremely short shift times that enable acceleration with minimal interruption of pulling power.

Chassis

New, 1-Piece Trellis Bridge Steel Frame With Bolt-on Rear Section 

The centerpiece of the new BMW R 12 models is the completely newly developed trellis steel frame. This frame differs from the previous R nineT series, which had a two-piece front main frame. As a result, the new frame eliminates the need for previous fastenings, reducing weight and giving the new R 12 models a cleaner and more classic appearance. The rear frame, also made of tubular steel, is bolted to the main frame.

The R 12 nineT’s suspension geometry is even more focused on excellent handling and enjoyable roadster fun on winding roads. It comes equipped with cast light-alloy wheels measuring 3.5-by-17 inches at the front and 5.5-by-17 inches at the rear (120/70 ZR 17 or 180/55 ZR 17 tires). The wheelbase is 59.5 inches, the caster is 4.4 inches, and the rake is 27.7 degrees.

To cater to the cruiser character for more relaxed riding, the new R 12 has an optimized suspension geometry design with increased rake, longer caster, and increased wheelbase. It also features cast light-alloy wheels, but 2.75-by-19 inches at the front and 4-by-16 inches at the rear (100/90-19 or 150/80-16 tires). The wheelbase is 59.8 inches, the caster is 5.2 inches, and the rake is 29.3 degrees.

Upside-Down Telescopic Forks and Paralever Rear Suspension With Revised Travel-Dependent Damping 

The new R 12 nineT and R 12 feature upside-down, telescopic, 45-millimeter front forks, fully adjustable on the R 12 nineT. Front suspension travel is 4.7 inches on the R 12 nineT and 3.5 inches on the R 12.

The rear suspension of the R 12 nineT features a Paralever swing arm combined with a directly linked shock, which is now angled diagonally compared to the previous R nineT series. The shock has road-dependent damping, adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. The improved road-dependent damping of the shock now includes a hydraulic bump stop, which prevents bottoming out during riding. The rear suspension travel is 4.7 inches on the R 12 nineT and 3.5 inches on the R 12.

BMW Motorrad ABS Pro for Safe Braking Even When Cornering 

The front brakes of the new R 12 nineT and R 12 feature twin 310-millimeter discs with two radially mounted, four-piston, monobloc brake calipers. A single 265-millimeter disc brake with a two-piston floating caliper is used on the rear wheel.

The new R 12 models are equipped with BMW Motorrad ABS Pro (part-integral) as standard. ABS Pro offers more safety when braking in turns by enabling ABS-assisted braking when leaning. ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking even when the brakes are applied quickly. The benefits are increased braking and riding stability combined with the best possible deceleration, even when cornering. Depending on the selected riding mode, ABS Pro and the Engine Drag Torque Control offer adapted control characteristics for optimum braking maneuvers.

Optional Hill Start Assist Pro 

The optional Hill Start Assist (HSA) Pro makes it easier to hold and start on inclines. The holding pressure in the brake system depends on the gradient, which is determined by a lean angle sensor. This information allows for improved comfort during starting from a stop in all conditions. Combined with control electronics, HSA Pro offers greater safety and enhanced convenience.

With Hill Start Control (HSC) Pro, the brake is automatically released when starting from a stop or forcefully operating the hand brake lever. HSC Pro also includes the function Auto HSC. The settings menu allows this additional function to be individualized in such a way that the parking brake is automatically activated on a gradient (greater than plus-or-minus 3%) when the hand or foot brake lever has been pressed, shortly after the motorcycle comes to a standstill.

Electronics

New Classic Round Instruments, USB-C and 12-Volt Socket, and Available Digital Display 

The new R 12 nineT comes equipped with two analog round instruments for speed and rpm, a USB-C port on the left side and a 12-volt socket on the right side for the onboard network. The round instruments continue to support customization 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 from the list of available genuine BMW Motorcycle accessories.

The new round instruments only resemble those of the previous R nineT series at first glance. They have increased in diameter by 0.2 inches, resulting in even better readability, and the dials for the speedometer and rev counter have been redesigned. Another new feature is the scaling of the rev counter, whose digits are now based on a multiplication factor of 100.

BMW R 12
BMW R 12

The control lights and a digital display are integrated into the dial of the speedometer. On the R 12 nineT, it functions as a menu scroll, while on the R 12, it still displays the engaged gear and the selected riding mode.

Furthermore, the R 12 nineT has an additional digital display in the rev counter. In addition to showing the selected gear and the riding mode, it also offers a configurable additional display.

With the Digital Display option, the round instruments on the new R 12 nineT and R 12 are replaced by a 3.5-inch micro TFT display. The high resolution of the micro-TFT display ensures excellent readability even in difficult lighting conditions and brings the instrument display of the new R 12 models into the digital age. As a highlight, the menu includes the Pure Ride mode, which displays only the most necessary information (speed, riding mode, selected gear) to emphasize the purist riding experience.

Powerful Standard LED Lighting With Optional Adaptive Headlight Pro

The new R 12 nineT and the R 12 feature full LED lighting as standard. The optional adaptive Headlight Pro light system offers even more safety at night. The headlamp segments are each supplemented by adaptive cornering light elements. This allows for better illumination of the road in curves, ensuring a safer nighttime ride.

U.S. models feature rear/brake lights, which are integrated into the rear turn signals.

Optional Connected Ride Control

The optional Connected Ride Control equips the two R 12 models with a Bluetooth interface for connecting a smartphone and using the BMW Motorrad Connected app. This allows for the display of vehicle data, riding dynamics data, weather information at the current location and map navigation. The familiar BMW Motorrad Multi-Controller on the left handlebar can be used to conveniently control the app without removing hands from the handlebar. The MotoMount by SP Connect and the Universal Phone Clamp ensure quick, secure and vibration-isolated mounting of the smartphone on the handlebar.

Standard Keyless Ride

The standard Keyless Ride system replaces the conventional ignition lock on the new R 12 models. The use of a traditional key is now only necessary for the steering lock and fuel tank cap. The ignition and anti-theft alarm system, which is available as a dealer-installed accessory, are controlled by means of a transponder integrated in the vehicle key, which transmits a radio signal with a vehicle-specific frequency. The key can therefore remain in the rider’s jacket, for example. Readiness to ride is established by pressing the ON button on the right handlebar switch.

Intelligent Emergency Call

Ensuring the fastest possible assistance in the event of an accident or in situations of emergency and danger can save people’s lives. For this reason, BMW Motorrad has developed an eCall system — “Intelligent Emergency Call” — which aims to get help to the scene of the incident as quickly as possible. For the new R 12 models, this system is included as a standard feature in the market-dependent equipment program.

Equipment

Standard Equipment

  • 1,170cc air/oil-cooled two-cylinder DOHC boxer engine
  • R 12 nineT with 109 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 85 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm
  • R 12 with 95 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 81 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm
  • Six-speed transmission with drive shaft
  • Cast aluminum wheels
  • Blackstorm Metallic Paint
  • 310-millimeter twin-disk front brakes with 265-millimeter single-disk rear
  • BMW Motorrad ABS (ABS Pro on R 12 nineT)
  • 45-millimeter upside down front forks (adjustable on R 12 nineT)
  • BMW Motorrad Paralever rear suspension with pre-load adjustment
  • Dynamic Traction Control
  • Engine Drag Torque Control
  • Steering stabilizer
  • Adjustable handbrake and clutch levers
  • Keyless Ride
  • Analog gauges (one gauge on R 12)
  • On-board computer
  • USB-C and 12-volt power sockets
  • Full LED lighting
  • Aluminum tank on R 12 nineT (Steel tank on R 12)
  • Chrome-plated header on R 12 nineT

Optional Packages – R 12 nineT

  • Select Package ($1,524):
    • Hill Start Assist Pro
    • Shift Assistant Pro
    • Heated grips
    • Cruise control
    • Connected Ride Control
  • Option 719 Package Aluminum ($2,275):
    • Nightblack front fender and airbox cover
    • Brushed aluminum tank and rear fender
    • Brushed aluminum windscreen
    • Red frame
    • Black forks and handlebars.
    • Chromium-plated inner headlight cover
    • Single seat
    • Option 719 Billet Pack Shadow II:
      • Milled, Shadow foot shift and foot brake levers
      • Milled, Shadow rider and passenger footrest systems
      • Milled, Shadow brake and clutch levers
      • Milled, Shadow brake fluid reservoir cover and handlebar end mirrors
    • Option 719 Classic:
      • Milled, Classic ignition coil cover and oil plug
      • Classic Option 719 badges
      • Nurburg Silver Metallic Matte cylinder head covers

Individual Options: R 12 nineT

  • Headlight Pro
  • Solo seat with Brushed Aluminum tail cover and muffler bracket
  • Option 719 Black Classic spoked wheels
  • Tire pressure monito.
  • Micro-TFT digital display

Optional Packages: R 12 

  • Select Package ($1,524):
    • Hill Start Assist Pro
    • Shift Assistant Pro
    • Heated grips
    • Cruise control
    • Connected Ride Control
  • Option 719 Package Thorium ($2,275):  
    • Design Option exhaust
    • Design Option 719 bench seat
    • Billet Pack Shadow:
      • Milled, Shadow ignition coil cover and oil plug
      • Shadow Option 719 badges.
      • Avus Black Metallic Matte cylinder head covers
    • Billet Pack Shadow II:
      • Milled, Shadow foot shift and foot brake levers
      • Milled, Shadow rider and passenger footrest systems
      • Milled, Shadow brake and clutch levers
      • Milled, Shadow brake fluid reservoir cover and handlebar end mirrors

Individual Options: R 12 

  • Design Option exhaust system with chromium-plated header
  • Headlight Pro
  • Passenger Kit
  • Option 719 Black Classic spoked wheels
  • Option 719 Gold Classic II spoked wheels
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Micro-TFT digital display

Accessories

  • Cockpit fairing (R 12 nineT)
  • Aluminum rear hump cover (R 12 nineT)
  • Option 719 Shadow footrest systems (both)
  • Black handlebars (R 12 nineT)
  • Gold handlebars (R 12)
  • Drag-style handlebars, Black (R 12)
  • Option 719 Shadow hand levers (both)
  • Aluminum two-valve-style cylinder head covers (both)
  • Option 719 Classic cylinder head covers (both)
  • Option 719 Shadow cylinder head covers (both)
  • Titanium sport silencer (both)
  • Option 719 Classic wheels, Black (both)
  • Option 719 Classic II wheels, Gold (R 12)
  • Short rear tail section conversion, Silver or Black (R 12 nineT)
  • Custom rear tail section conversion, Silver or Black (R 12)
  • Option 719 hand-brushed aluminum fuel tank (R 12 nineT)
  • Option 719 Shadow handlebar end mirrors (both)
  • Touring windscreen (R 12)
  • Comfort bench seat (R 12)
  • Tachometer (R 12)
  • Micro TFT instrument cluster
  • GPS prep (both)
  • ConnectedRide Navigator (both)
  • ConnectedRide Smartphone Cradle (both)
  • Cylinder head cover protectors (both)
  • Hand protectors, Black (both)
  • Tank bag, 5-liter in Black, Urban, Adventure or SoulFuel Collection (both)
  • Right side bag, 10-liter in Black, Urban, Adventure or SoulFuel Collection (R 12)
  • Side bags 10-liter and 16-liter in Black, Urban, Adventure or SoulFuel Collection (R 12 nineT)

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