The Bavarian firm is celebrating 100 years of building bikes with its new R 12 nineT – and it looks great.
The first-generation BMW R nineT was revealed on BMW Motorrad’s 90th anniversary back in 2013 – and 10 years later, the factory has created the BMW R 12 nineT.
Described by BMW as a ‘purist classic’, they’re touting the R 12 nineT as a powerful and hugely customisable classic roadster. Sounds about right to us.
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With an air-/oil-cooled boxer engine and retro-inspired styling, this one could be for you if you want classic bike looks with all the benefits of a modern machine.
Speaking about the new R 12 nineT, Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad, said: “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.”
BMW also reckons its newest R nineT is the perfect platform for customisation – and in addition to a whole host of BMW Motorrad accessories to fit the bike out the box, it has made it easier to chop down by already integrating the rear light into the seat unit. Pretty clever. Expect to see some seriously cool versions of this on the road in the not-too-distant future.
Sadly, we’ll have to wait a little while for all that, though, as BMW has told us not to expect any more information until later on in 2023.
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