BMW launch R 12 nineT roadster and R 12 cruiser

BMW have revealed the 2024 R 12 nineT roadster and R 12 cruiser, with the new models fusing classic style with potent powertrains. Destined for local dealerships early next year, they’ll be priced at $23,990 plus on-roads and $20,210 plus on-roads, respectively.

Both 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.

The R 12 nineT embodies the spirit of the roadster that began its journey in 2013, carrying forward its archetypal look, timelessness, and high customisation qualities. At the same time, the new model honours BMW Motorrad’s 100th anniversary.

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Offering a nod to the powertrain configuration in the new BMW R 1300 GS, the air/oil-cooled 1170cc boxer engine delivers 80kW of power in the R 12 nineT and 70kW of power in the R 12. The chassis has been completely redesigned and features a new airbox.

The left-mounted “twin pipe” exhaust system with two rear silencers and a reverse cone design caters to both the desire for a classically designed, sporty roadster and a cruiser. Both models feature a new tubular steel spaceframe.

BMW R 12 nineT roadster
BMW R 12 nineT roadster

This frame differs from the previous R nineT series, which had a front and rear main frame, with the new model equipped with two analogue round instruments for speed and rpm, a USB-C port, and a 12V socket.

In the case of the R 12, its instrumentation is limited to a speedometer, but the rev counter can be retrofitted as an optional extra. On the 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 are 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, emphasises the typical design language of a cruiser in a classic teardrop shap,e and forms a descending line in combination with the standard solo seat and rear wheel cover.

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.

 BMW R 12 cruiser
BMW R 12 cruiser

The BMW R 12 nineT comes in Blackstorm Metallic, San Remo Green Metallic and Option 719 Aluminium. The R 12 will be available in Blackstorm Metallic, Aventurine Red Metallic and Avus Silver Metallic. For further information, contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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