The heir to the successful R nineT series presented 10 years ago has been unveiled in a non-definitive guise. It will arrive in 2024
11 maggio 2023
BMW has decided to celebrate its 100th birthday by extensively renewing its range: the reasonable assumption that the new GS could be present within this year, however, has almost made the fact that another lucky model family has just completed 10 years, the R nine T currently proposed in 4 versions (there were 5: the sporty Racer left the price list some time ago) and a further set-up dedicated to the centenary.
However, what you see in these official photos is one non-final version: during 2023 we will have more news and details and the new bike should arrive in 2024but for BMW the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to 100 years of BMW motorcycles was too greedy to let any more time pass before revealing at least this version which does not distort the concepts already expressed with the current version, including the great possibility of personalization which is further underlined for the R 12 nineT.
New BMW R 12 nineT
The engine, at least outwardly, remains the 1200 cc boxer (displacement confirmed by the initials R 12 ) air and oil cooled and continues its presence in the wake of tradition, but particular attention has been paid to details: we find a redesigned front fendera front LED light unit dominated by the pair of circular elements of the instrument cluster and, to facilitate customization, the new R 12 nineT is also equipped with a LED taillight integrated in the saddlefor lovers of motorcycles with truncated or very short tails obtained by bringing the rear mudguard to a minimum.
We don’t know how final the details are – like the exhaust, for example – but live view we assure you it turns out very nice tank with a bold design on the knee flares and a very refined black/grey finish. Some doubts remain, not totally resolved by the conversations with the BMW managers, on the fact that initially the abbreviation R 12 had made us think of a “small” R 18, or rather a custom/cruiser: it is certain that the R 12 range will be extensivebut on this point Markus Schramm – head of BMW Motorrad – did not want to give us certainties, we just have to wait a few more months to find out other details and – perhaps – a concrete date for the presentation of the definitive model.