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The New BMW R 12 nineT

Purist classic roadster. Ready to customize.

BMW Motorrad has presented the new BMW R 12 nineT in celebration of “100 Years of BMW Motorrad” and exactly 10 years after the launch of the original R nineT.

Like the BMW R nineT, introduced in 2013, the new BMW R 12 nineT is a pure, powerful, classic roadster that offers a wealth of conceptual options for almost unlimited customizing and personal individualization.

Dr. Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad, said, “The R nineT and its customizing 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 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.”

1200 Boxer Motor With Redesigned Intake and Exhaust Systems

100 years ago, the very first BMW motorcycle — the R 32 — arrived, powered by an air/oil-cooled flat-twin engine. The boxer’s unmistakable design, powerful acceleration, unique power delivery, hallmark sound and smooth running quickly made it a legendary synonym for BMW motorcycles. With its air/oil-cooled boxer engine, the new R 12 nineT continues this great tradition. The number 12 has been added to reflect the model’s engine capacity, as done in other BMW motorcycle models.

Classic, Purist Design

Even more than its predecessor, the new R 12 nineT combines the strong visible character of the boxer engine, a classic design language of motorcycle eras past, innovative technology and a modular concept that offers the rider a maximum of customization options. Reduced even more to the essentials, it delivers high emotional appeal. 

Edgar Heinrich, head of design for BMW Motorrad, noted, “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.”

Particular attention to detail is evident in the redesigned front fender, the LED headlamp design and the two round instruments gauges. As is tradition, attractive customization options are offered as part of the original BMW Motorrad accessory range. With customizing in mind, the new R 12 nineT features an LED taillight unit integrated into the seat for a “short tail” appearance.

Highlights of the New BMW R 12 nineT

  • Classic, purist design
  • Workmanship with great attention to detail
  • Air/oil-cooled, two-cylinder boxer engine
  • Designed for customizing
  • One-piece tubular space frame with bolted-on rear frame
  • High-quality, upside-down telescopic forks at the front and Paralever at the rear
  • Left-side exhaust system with double muffler and conical end pieces
  • Radially mounted, four-piston, monobloc calipers and steel-braided brake lines
  • Tailor-made, high-quality original BMW Motorrad accessory range

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