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BMW Motorrad unveils R12 nineT

Also available as a cruiser in the R12

That's a lovely bike indeed. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

BMW Motorrad has had a very busy 2023, having just recently revealed the all-new R1300 GS and the updated F-series.

Now it has also unveiled the new R12 nineT, successor to the very successful R nineT roadster.

While bearing a similar silhouette to its predecessor, the new bike wears an all-new frame while continuing to use an air- and oil-cooled boxer engine with some notable updates.


Notably, the new frame allows for two configurations: a classic roadster in the R12 nineT, and a classic cruiser as the R12. The 1,170cc flat-twin is rated at 109hp in the R12 nineT, and 95hp in the R12. Shaft drive has been retained. The airbox is now also fully integrated into the seat.

Suspension duties are handled by an upside-down fork and a Paralever swingarm with rear spring strut and travel-dependent damping. The R12 nineT’s USD fork is fully adjustable.

Radially mounted, four-piston brake calipers with 310mm rotors and ABS Pro provide sure stopping power. Standard riding modes are Rain, Road, and Dynamic for the R12 nineT, and Roll and Rock for the R12. Dynamic Traction Control and engine drag torque control are standard.

The R12 could be a handier alternative to the larger R18 if you're into cruisers. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

The all-new tubular bridge steel space frame and the bolt-on subframe are claimed to be lighter than the old model. With the R12 nineT, the aluminum tank flows neatly to the seat and the tail hump for a dynamic line.

The tank is also shorter and narrower at the rear area, improving ergonomics. This places the rider closer to the handlebars for improved knee contact and a more front-oriented seating position.

Precise fit-and-finish and exquisite detailing contribute to the premium feel. PHOTOS FROM BMW MOTORRAD

The R12, on the other hand, uses a steel tank in a classic teardrop shape that forms a descending line that flows back toward the solo seat and the low-mounted rear fender.

A relaxed seating position with a low seat height and wide handlebars contributes to a more laid-back riding style. LED lights and keyless ignition further contribute to the premium look and feel.

The R12 nineT comes with an analog speedometer and tachometer, as well as a USB-C port and a 12V socket. The R12 has a minimalist cockpit with just a speedometer, but an optional tachometer can be ordered from the BMW Motorcycle Accessories catalog.

A long list of upgrades can help you set up your bike for long road trips. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

The R12 nineT is initially available in three colors: Blackstorm Metallic, San Remo Green Metallic, and Option 719 Aluminum.

The R12 will be available in Blackstorm Metallic, Aventurine Red Metallic, and Option 719 “Thorium” in Avus Silver Metallic.

We predict that this will be another bestseller. PHOTO FROM BMW MOTORRAD

With the undeniable success of the R nineT through the years, the new bike with all its improvements should be an easy sell to the BMW faithful.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.