New BMW R 12 and R 12 nineT unveiled

Gajanan Kashikar Updated: December 01, 2023, 02:49 PM IST

BMW Motorrad has unveiled the new R12 nineT and R12. While the former is a roadster, the latter is a cruiser. They share the same boxer engine but with a different tune to suit the unique character of the corresponding motorcycles.

Introduced in 2023, the original R nineT marked a departure from the conventional classic-style roadster. Combining vintage motorcycle aesthetics, modern technology, craftsmanship, and extensive customisation options, it laid the foundation for the BMW Motorrad Heritage line of roadsters.

New BMW R 12 and R 12 nineT: Engine and Performance

Featuring a 1,170cc, twin-cylinder boxer, air/oil-cooled engine, the R 12 nineT produces 109PS at 7,000 rpm and 115Nm of torque (85 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm, while the R 12 offers 95PS at 6,500 rpm and 110Nm of torque (81 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm. Both models come mated to a six-speed transmission with a drive shaft. Notably, the bikes boast a left-hand exhaust system with double mufflers and conical end caps, along with a new under-seat airbox.

New BMW R 12 and R 12 nineT: Design

The chassis of the new R 12 models is built feature distinctive interchangeable tank shapes, allowing for greater visual individuality and seat and fly line design freedom. The R 12 nineT has an aluminum tank with brushed and clear-coated side panels, while the R 12 gets a steel tank in a classic teardrop shape.

The design language of the R 12 models showcases a true-blue retro styling with several modern touches, featuring classic round instruments, USB Type-C and 12V sockets, and optional digital TFT displays. LED lighting is standard, with the option for adaptive Headlight Pro for improved night-time safety. Both models offer optional Connected Ride Control, enabling smartphone connectivity via the BMW Motorrad Connected app.

New BMW R 12 and R 12 nineT: Features

Additionally, the bikes feature riding modes, standard DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), and Engine Drag Torque Control. The R 12 nineT has "Rain," "Road," and "Dynamic" modes, while the R 12 offers "Roll" and "Rock" modes, allowing riders to tailor their riding experience. The chassis also includes adjustable front forks and rear suspension.

For safety enhancements, the R 12 models come with standard BMW Motorrad ABS Pro, offering ABS-assisted braking when leaning, as well as optional Hill Start Assist Pro for ease of starting on inclines. Keyless Ride is standard, while Intelligent Emergency Call ensures prompt assistance in emergencies.

The new R 12 nineT and R 12 are available in three appealing colour options each, providing riders with a range of choices to suit their preferences. These models celebrate the century-old legacy of BMW's two-cylinder boxer engine and shaft drive.

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