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The BMW R 12

Cruise as you are

You don't have to dream of California. This laid-back cruiser brings this unique nonchalance right to your doorstep. Its low seat height invites you to hop on immediately. As a thoroughly relaxed road surfer, you might want to give your ears some fitting music to listen to. And then: roadtrippin' towards an endless summer. Alternatively, you may simply want to listen to the sound of the boxer engine and let its drive system roll you through metropolises or rock around winding country roads. Enjoy this unique #Soulfuel feeling – life is easy on the R 12.

An unmistakeable original

Laid back instead of fast foward

The R 12 epitomises a casual lifestyle. Dress code: smart casual. Style: classic. Iconic design features, like the round instrument, make it unmistakeable. The memorable design is primarily defined by the tank, seat, airbox cover and the front and rear mudguards.

Blackstorm metallic

Paint it Blackstorm metallic. The generous use of black emphasises the cool cruiser silhouette.

Aventurin red metallic

Vintage emphasised: the Aventurin red metallic paintwork on the front and rear-wheel covers and on the tank gives the R 12 an even more classic look.

Option 719 Thorium

Golden stitching on the seat, golden handlebars, Avus silver metallic colour and milled parts galore – with this equipment, it's love at first sight.

What you see is what you feel

Just look at it standing there; like a promise. Every journey on it will feel like this: simple, beautiful, relaxed. The classic cruiser flyline, which slopes down towards the rear, is formed by the solo seat in conjunction with the large rear-wheel cover. The teardrop-shaped steel tank, modelled on the former toaster tanks, blends in harmoniously. The rear section looks compact and coordinated thanks to the function-integrated indicator lamps with integrated rear light. 19" front wheel and 16" rear wheel round off the flat, laid-back appearance.

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The casual cruiser from BMW Motorrad is inviting you out on a ride.

Shine on: gold and black spoked wheels
The optional spoked wheels in gold and black on the R 12 from BMW Motorrad
Technical highlight: LED headlight
The R 12 from BMW Motorrad with LED headlights and daytime running light
Inviting: extra low seat height
The R 12 from BMW Motorrad with a very low seat height
Hi-tech on board: the brake system
The partial integral brake system of the R 12 from BMW Motorrad
Dynamics and comfort: shift assistant Pro
The R 12 from BMW Motorrad with comfort package, including shift assistant Pro
Elegant detail: the chromed VIN plate
The chromed VIN plate of the R 12 from BMW Motorrad
Modern vintage: the round instrument
The classic round instrument of the R 12 from BMW Motorrad
Powerful centrepiece: the boxer engine
The boxer engine of the R 12 from BMW Motorrad

Customize it!

Customize it!

The basis for individual ideas is the backbone concept. The classic tubular spaceframe, the flat suspension strut and the new airbox give maximum freedom in the design of the tank seat area. With customising parts such as the drag bar handlebars or the custom rear end trim, for example, you can give your R 12 a striking bobber style in no time at all.

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Feel free to let it roll

hp (70 kW)
kg vehicle kerb weight, fully fuelled/road-ready
litre tank capacity
mm seat height
Air/oil-cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine

Rock’n’roll on the road

With the legendary drive and the ROLL and ROCK riding modes, you can switch from seriously laid-back to dynamic whenever you feel like it. This boxer engine optimised for the custom cruiser delivers a rich torque and fine acceleration on the road at low revs. The ROLL riding mode is optimised for a balanced cruiser feeling. The ROCK riding mode makes you want to chase bends dynamically with optimum stability. As a special highlight, the R 12 moves a little rockier when idling.

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All beginnings are easy – the A2 variant of the R 12

The R 12 is also available in an A2-compliant variant with 35 kW (48 hp). So you can have your bike even when you're riding with an A2 driving licence. Now you can enjoy the intuitive handling of the R 12 nineT from the beginning of your riding journey. More information is available here.

The ultimate cruiser feeling

Hang Loose

Hang Loose

How relaxed can you be when riding? The special handlebar and footrest ergonomics ensure an outstanding cruiser feeling with a relaxed sitting position. The low seat height is inviting and as perfect for first-time riders as it is for born-again bikers. More reasons to stay relaxed: ABS Pro regulates the braking effect depending on the lean angle and DTC also increases riding safety. Lean back and enjoy your ride.

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The spirit of easy

The spirit of easy

Just get on. The R 12 will take you anywhere in comfort. Start without a key thanks to Keyless Ride. Use your smartphone for sat nav with the optional ConnectedRide Control, including mobile phone holder. Have everything displayed even more clearly on the optional Digital Display. Shift between gears without actuating the clutch with the shift assistant of the optional comfort package.

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