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All new BMW R12 NineT

BMW just introduced the R12 nineT to replace the cherished R nineT motorbike. The R nineT was first released ten years ago, and the latest model has been completely modernised while maintaining its core principles.

The new BMW R12 nineT uses a modular design approach similar to its predecessor's, giving owners several customisation choices. Due to the modified front mudguard and the appearance of an LED headlamp with a black surround, it immediately distinguishes itself from the outgoing model. BMW's designers also included A new LED taillight in the seat.

According to Edgar Heinrich, head of design at BMW Motorrad, "the clear tank/seat/rear line, in the style of the traditional /5 or the legendary R 90 S of the 1970s," dominates the pure design language. At first look, the tank seems like a classic BMW boxer tank, complete with the customary bend in the bottom edge and traditional knee contact. Another nod to BMW bikes from the 1970s is the new R 12 NineT's right Roadster-style side covers near the frame triangle.

While the new motorcycle's technical specifications will be revealed in the second half of 2023, BMW has confirmed that an air/oil-cooled, 2-cylinder boxer engine powers it. We also know that it features an exhaust with a twin silencer and conical end pieces and is built on a one-piece tubular space frame with a bolted-on rear frame. Additionally, it sports 4-piston monobloc callipers positioned radially and steel braided brake lines.

There will also be a wide selection of BMW Motorrad accessories available.

"The R nineT and its customising concept established the new Heritage experience for BMW Motorrad's 90th birthday and has become an indispensable cornerstone of our model range," said Dr Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad. "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 more, customization freedom, and, last but not least, new and innovative technology."

TopGear Magazine July 2024