10 November 2023
The new BMW R 12 nineT is all about the company’s 100 year anniversary.
The bike also nods its head to the 10th anniversary of the original R nineT which marked the German motorcycling giant’s 90th birthday.
Like the original back in 2013, the new bike is a pure, classically styled roadster.
The difference is that this one comes with an offer to add on a choice of extras that allow the rider to change enough to make a bike that will be unique. It also has a bigger engine.
The unit has a newly designed airbox to allow for a more usable drive that suits the riding style and attracts the classic rider.
A wholeworld wide phenomenon that became the BMW bike range all started with the R 32 way back in 1923.
This was a big hit and got the German motorcycle company off to a great start.
Now that classic design provides the inspiration for the new R 12 nineT.
Meanwhile, the attention to detail reminds me of the beautiful features on the R18 from a few years ago.
Based around that boxer engine is a tubular frame, and, rather cleverly, the R 12 nineT has a separate bolted-on subframe
The rear light is housed at the end of the seat.
This is important since it allows the end of the bike to be ‘chopped’ without upsetting those BMW electrics.
The whole look is seated on all the tech from 2023. This includes a paralever set up at the rear, with upside-down forks at the front.
Stopping is facilitated by a set of steel braided lines that lead to twin 4-piston monobloc calipers.
The exhaust system sits on the left hand side and is simply begging to be replaced with something that doesn’t conform to Euro standards!
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