2024 BMW R 12 NineT and R 12 - First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

R nineT successor revealed in roadster and cruiser configurations

After offering a preview way back in May, BMW has finally released full details on its new R 12 nineT roadster, along with its R 12 cruiser variant. Expect them to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2024, with pricing still to be announced.

As with the previous R nineT, BMW designed the new R 12 and R 12 nineT to be easily customizable. The new platform goes even further than the R nineT, with options like interchangeable tank shapes and instrument clusters. The image slider below shows examples of different ways to modify an R 12 or R 12 nineT.

Both the roadster and the cruiser look very similar, as they share much of the same platform. The R 12 nineT is distinguished by its aluminum tank with cutouts for the knees, drawing inspiration from BMW’s classic /5 models, or the R 90 S of the ’70s. The side covers are painted in a matching body color with chrome-plated “nineT” badges. The line from the bottom of the tank extends along the two-piece seat.

The R 12 cruiser has a steel tank in the blockier “toaster tank” design reminiscent of ’70s-era /5 models, and the side covers are unbadged. The R 12 comes standard with a solo seat and a rear fender. The seating position is more relaxed, with wider handlebars than the R 12 nineT.

The steering geometry is also different between the two models. The R 12 nineT has a 59.5-inch wheelbase with a 27.7° rake and 4.4 inches of trail. With a more relaxed character, the R 12 has a longer 5.2-inch trail and a 29.3° rake, contributing to a longer 59.8-inch wheelbase. The roadster comes with 17-inch wheels, front and rear, while the R 12 comes with a 19-inch front wheel and a 16-inch rear wheel. That difference contributes to the R 12 nineT having a higher seat at 31.3 inches from the ground, while the R 12’s saddle rests at 29.7 inches.

The R 12 nineT also comes standard with two round instruments, while the R 12 has a single dial. For a more modern touch, the analog displays can be replaced with an optional 3.5-inch TFT display.

The key to the R 12 range’s versatility is its new one-piece steel trellis frame, which replaces the original nineT’s two-piece front frame. The one-piece frame gives the R 12 models a cleaner look, and reduces weight.The steel trellis rear subframe remains a separate piece bolted to the frame.

Both the R 12 and R 12 nineT models are powered by a 1,170cc air/oil-cooled DOHC Boxer. The engine is a continuation of the Boxer first introduced in 2007 on the HP 2 Sport, with updates to help it meet today’s emissions standards. The engine has a 101 mm bore and 73 mm stroke, unchanged from the existing R nineT’s opposed Twin. For the R 12 range, BMW redesigned the cylinder head covers, adding elements from its classic two-valve Boxer engines.

The R 12 nineT’s performance figures are similar to its predecessor, with BMW claiming 109 hp at 7,000 rpm and 85 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm. The R 12 cruiser, however, has a different state of tune, claiming a more sedate 95 hp at 6,500 rpm and 81 lb-ft. at 6,000 rpm. In either version, the engine taps out at  8,500 rpm.

With the new chassis, BMW designed a new airbox that is integrated under the seat and no longer requires an intake duct running below the tank as on the R nineT. The exhaust system has also been overhauled, with a new manifold routing leading to a catalytic converter in front of the rear wheel. Unlike the R nineT, the new exhaust does not require a flapper valve. The exhaust system ends with twin mufflers on the left side of the rear wheel. On the R 12 nineT, the header pipe and catalytic converter housing are chrome-plated while the twin mufflers are electro-polished. The R 12’s manifold and catalytic converter are electro-polished and the mufflers have a brushed finish. Of course, those are the stock systems and BMW is offering a range of customization options including a titanium exhaust.

Completing the powertrain are a hydraulically operated dry clutch and a six-speed transmission, with power delivered to the rear via a drive shaft. BMW offers a Shift Assistant Pro option that adds clutchless shifting.

The R 12 nineT comes with three selectable ride modes: Rain, Road, and Dynamic. The R 12 lacks a Rain mode, and taking a page from the R 18 models, the Dynamic mode is renamed Rock, and the Road mode is called Roll. The ride modes offer a different balance of throttle response, traction control and engine drag torque control. The lean-sensitive BMW Motorrad ABS Pro comes standard on both R 12 models, while Hill Start Assist Pro is an available add-on.

The R 12 is equipped with a non-adjustable 45mm inverted fork, and a Paralever swingarm with a fully-adjustable directly-linked shock, both offering 3.5 inches of travel. The R 12 nineT’s suspension is similar, but the fork is adjustable for rebound and compression, and it offers 4.7 inches of travel front and rear.

Stopping duties for both models are handled by dual radially-mounted four-piston monoblock calipers with 310mm discs up front and a single two-piston floating caliper with a 265mm disc at the rear.

Both models offer full LED lighting, with the choice of an optional Headlight Pro cornering light. On U.S. models, the rear lights are integrated with the rear turn signals, while European models will have a separate central taillight.

Other features include standard keyless ride system, USB-C and 12V power sockets, adjustable hand levers, and a steering damper. Intelligent Emergency Call is available as standard where markets allow. Cruise control and smartphone connectivity are optional.

2024 BMW R 12 nineT

For 2024, the R 12 nineT will be offered in the standard Blackstorm Metallic or San Remo Green Metallic, both with gold-colored forks and black frames. An Option 719 Aluminum color is also available, with black forks, a red frame, and a clear coat brushed aluminum fuel tank with a matching tail cover, along with other milled aluminum parts. U.S. pricing remains to be announced.

2024 BMW R 12

The 2024 BMW R 12 will come in Blackstorm Metallic or Aventurin Red Metallic. The Option 719 Thorium color has an Avus Silver Metallic color with yellow striping matched with golden stitching on the seat and gold-colored handlebars. U.S. pricing will be announced later.


2024 BMW R 12

2024 BMW R 12 nineT

Engine Type

Air/oil-cooled Boxer Twin engine, DOHC with four valves per cylinder



Bore x stroke

101.0 mm x 73.0 mm


95 hp at 6,500 rpm (claimed)

109 hp at 7,000 rpm (claimed)


81 lb-ft. at 6,000 rpm

85 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm

Compression Ratio


Engine Control


Emission Control

Controlled 3-way catalytic converter, EU5+


Full LED lighting


Hydraulically operated dry clutch


Claw-operated 6-speed gearbox

Primary ratio


Final Drive

Universal Shaft


Steel trellis bridge frame, engine self-supporting

Front Suspension

Upside-down, 45 mm, telescopic forks; 3.5 inches of travel

Upside-down, 45 mm, telescopic forks with adjustable rebound and compression; 4.7 inches of travel

Rear suspension

Aluminum Paralever swing arm with fully adjustable central shock; 3.5 inches of travel

Aluminum Paralever swing arm with fully adjustable central shock; 4.7 inches of travel


29.3° / 5.2 inches

27.7° / 4.4 inches


59.8 inches

59.5 inches

Front Brake

Twin floating brake disks Ø 310 mm with four-piston radial-mount calipers and steel flex brake lines.

Rear Brake

Single-disc brake Ø 265 mm with two-piston floating caliper


BMW Motorrad ABS Pro

Front Wheel

Light alloy cast; 2.75 x 19”

Light alloy cast; 3.50 x 17”

Rear Wheel

Light alloy cast; 4.00 x 16”

Light alloy cast; 5.50 x 17”

Front Tire

100/90 R 19

120/70 ZR 17

Rear Tire

150/80 R 16

180/55 ZR 17


86.6 inches

83.9 inches


32.7 inches

34.3 inches

Seat Height

29.7 inches

31.3 inches

Unladen Weight

500 pounds (claimed)

485 pounds (claimed)

Fuel Capacity

3.7 gallons

4.2 gallons

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Eric Eric on Nov 23, 2023

    The roadster actually looks pretty good, less fiddly styling elements than the previous generation RnineT. The cruiser is a bit of a mess, no thanks. I expect these to be VERY expensive.

  • Alaskan18724 Alaskan18724 on Nov 27, 2023

    BMW continues to miss a bet by not offering a quarter-faired R nineT in Daytona Orange.