BMW R 12 and R 12 nineT launched at Deus Ex Machina

BMW Motorrad have lifted the covers off their new R 12 and R 12 nineT models at an exclusive event held at Deus Café in Camperdown (Sydney). An enthusiastic crowd was on hand to see the fresh faced arrivals, first announced in May last year.

A brief technical presentation headed the reveal, which allowed different parts of the motorcycle industry to come together at the iconic location. Custom tank painting and a rock band were part of a raft of entertainment on the night.

The 2024 R 12 nineT will be available in three variants, with pricing starting from $23,990, with the range topping Option 719 at $30,590. Its R 12 sibling will follow in the same vein, and start from $20,210, through to $27,590 (all prices plus on-roads).

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Both bikes 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.

2024 BMW R 12 at launch event
2024 BMW R 12 at launch event

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.

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 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 classic sporty roadster and a cruiser. Both models feature a new tubular steel spaceframe.

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.

Tank art at the BMW R 12 and R 12 nineT launch
Tank art at the BMW R 12 and R 12 nineT launch

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, more tapered fuel tank, with the rider positioned closer to the handlebars. The result is improved knee contact, and 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 shape, and forms a descending line in combination with the standard solo seat and rear wheel cover.

The large 19-inch front wheel and 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.

2024 BMW R 12
2024 BMW R 12 nineT

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 Option 719 Avus Silver Metallic.

More information on both the R 12 and R 12 nineT is available online, or from your local dealership.

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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