German motorcycle manufacturer BMW Motorrad has announced the launch of its new R 12 nineT model, a roadster designed to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. The new model is a successor to the R nineT, which was launched a decade ago to celebrate BMW Motorrad’s 90th anniversary.
Like its predecessor, the R 12 nineT is a classic roadster with a purist, powerful design that offers a range of options for customization and personalization. The model is built on the tradition of BMW Motorrad’s flat-twin boxer engine, which has a unique design, power delivery, and sound that has become a hallmark of the company’s motorcycles.
The R 12 nineT features the original 1200 boxer engine with a redesigned airbox and exhaust system, delivering a classic riding experience. The model has a classic, purist design with attention to detail evident in features like the redesigned front mudguard, LED main headlamp with black-surround light guide element, and two round instruments in the traditional style.
The R 12 nineT is built for customization, with a modular concept that offers the rider maximum customization options. The model features a one-piece tubular space frame with bolted-on rear frame, classic wheel guides, and a left-side exhaust system with double silencer and conical end pieces. The new model is expected to be released in the second half of 2023 and will come with a tailor-made, high-quality original BMW Motorrad accessory range.
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 consistently 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 new and innovative technology.”
Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad, added, “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.”
The R 12 nineT is a significant release for BMW Motorrad, as the company marks its centenary in 2023. The new model builds on the success of the R nineT, which has become a popular choice for motorcycle enthusiasts seeking a classic, powerful roadster that can be customized to suit their personal style.