Ten years after the release of the R nineT, BMW is preparing to launch its heir, the R 12 nineT. And if the launch of the first coincided with the 90th anniversary of the Elica company, the second coincides with the century. The new model maintains the classic roadster characteristics of the one it replaces, adding an infinite number of options for almost unlimited customization. “The new R 12 nineT consistently continues the success story of the BMW boxer engine heritage with an even more classic and essential design language, an even greater degree of freedom with regard to customization and new, innovative technology,” he said. said Markus Schramm, number one of BMW Motorrad. The 1.2-litre boxer engine which retains the classic air/oil cooling has been updated with a redesigned airbox and exhaust system.
As for the style, however “The purist design language is dominated by the clean line of the tank/seat/rear, in the style of the traditional R nineT/5 or the R 90 S of the seventies. At first glance, the tank itself is a classic BMW boxer, with the typical curve in the lower edge and the classic contact point at the knees” added Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad. Attention to detail is also evident in the newly redesigned front fender, black-bezeled LED main headlight and two round old-style instruments. Finally, the rear LED light unit is integrated into the saddle, to easily create a short tail. In any case, all information on the R 12 nineT will be released in the second half of the year.
The R 18 Roctane, on the other hand, is the fifth member of the R 18 cruiser range and gives the Bavarian interpretation of the custom bagger style. Its heart is the most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine ever mounted on a production motorcycle: with a displacement of 1.8 liters it delivers 91 HP and 150 Nm. It is set in a tubular steel double cradle frame, while the they are traditionally mechanical. The ergonomics of the new BMW is characterized by a relaxed position of the footrest which makes the rider feel very comfortable; the double-deck seat tapers to the rear, with passenger straps. The philosophy of the R 18 Roctane is relaxed driving and touring thanks to the standard panniers offering 27 liters of space each. The bike will be available in the coming months, when the prices will also be confirmed.