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The BMW R 12


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.


Standard Equipment

  • ABS Pro, DTC, Keyless Ride
  • Cast Aluminium Wheels, Riding Modes
  • Dynamic Brake Light, LED Indicator, Taillight and Headlight, Daytime Riding Light
  • 12V Socket, Revolution Counter, USB Port

R 12 HL Additions

  • Design Option Exhaust Pipe, Headlight Pro
  • Tyre Pressure Control, ConnectedRide Control
  • Passenger Kit

Comfort Package: Hill Start Control, Gear Shift Assist Pro, Heated Grips, Cruise Control

R 12 Option 719 Additions

  • Passenger Kit
  • Option 719 Wheels Classic
  • Headlight Pro, Adaptive Headlight, Daytime Riding Light
  • Reverse Gear, Floorboards
  • Heated Grips
  • Anti-Theft Alarm

Comfort Package: Hill Start Control, Gear Shift Assist Pro, Heated Grips, Cruise Control

Style Option 719: Design Option Exhaust Pipe, Option 719 Seat Bench, Option 719 Billet Pack Shadow I & II

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Technical highlight: LED headlight

Illuminating the road before you: the LED headlight with daytime running light ensures that you see everything and are seen by everyone - at any time of day or night and even in poor visibility.

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Shine on: gold and black spoked wheels

The optional tubeless spoked wheels enhance every mile and every kilometre. Golden accents reflect the sun as you ride towards it in style. Gold spoke wheels only available on Option 719 variant.

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Inviting: extra low seat height

Welcome home: The single seat bench with a low seat height of just 754 mm makes the R 12 easily accessible and invites a large number of fans to climb aboard.

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Hi-tech on board: the brake system

Unrestrained riding pleasure, even if you have to stop. The partial integral brake system ensures automatic brake force distribution with dynamic adaptation.

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Dynamics and comfort: shift assistant Pro

Cruising instead of shifting: the shift assistant Pro is included in the optional comfort package. It enables gear changes in both directions without actuating the clutch.

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Elegant detail: the chromed name plate

The shiny, chromed aluminium plate adorns your R 12 with its name and makes your bike recognisable everywhere - wherever it is you may go.

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Modern vintage: the round instrument

The round instrument emphasises the retro character of the R 12. The analogue speedometer proves that you are riding a bike with history.

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Powerful centrepiece: the boxer engine

It may not be a heart of gold, but it is a very powerful heart: the popular boxer engine of the R 12 delivers fine acceleration on the road even at low revs thanks to its rich torque.

Rated output 70 kW (95 hp) at 6,500 rpm, OE power reduction: 35 kW (48 hp) at 5.250 rpm
Emission control Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter
Type Air/oil-cooled two-cylinder, four-stroke boxer engine with two overhead camshafts, four radially arranged valves and central counterbalance shaft
Bore x stroke 101 mm x 73 mm
Capacity 1,170 cc
Max. torque 110 Nm at 6,000 rpm, OE power reduction: 98 Nm at 3,000 rpm
Compression ratio 12.0 : 1
Mixture control Electronic intake pipe injection / digital engine management system: BMS-O with throttle-by-wire
Emission control EU 5
Performance / fuel consumption  
Maximum speed 203 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km based on WMTC 5.1 l
Fuel type Super unleaded (max. 15% ethanol, E15), 95 ROZ/RON, 90 AKI
CO2 emission based on WMTC 119 g/km
Electrical system  
Alternator Permanent magnet alternator with 660 W (nominal power)
Battery 12 V / 14 Ah, maintenance-free
Power transmission  
Clutch Single-disc dry clutch, hydraulically operated
Gearbox Claw-shifted 6-gear gearbox with separate transmission housing
Drive Cardan
Traction control BMW Motorrad DTC
Chassis / brakes  
Frame Tubular space frame
Front wheel location / suspension Upside-down telescopic fork, diameter 45 mm
Rear wheel location / suspension Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with Paralever brace, central progressive spring strut, spring pre-load adjustable, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel, front / rear 90 mm / 90 mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Castor 132.5 mm
Steering head angle 60.7°
Wheels Aluminium cast wheels
Rim, front 2.75 x 19"
Rim, rear 4.00 x 16"
Tyres, front 100/90 R19
Tyres, rear (with M wheels) 150/80 R16
Brake, front Twin disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 310 mm, 4-piston Monobloc radial brake caliper
Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 265 mm, 2-piston floating caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS Pro (partial integral)
Dimension / weights  
Seat height at unladen weight 754 mm 
Inner leg curve at unladen weight 1,760 mm
Usable tank volume 14 l
Reserve approx. 3.5 l
Length 2,200 mm (over rear wheel)
Height 1,110 mm (without mirror)
Width 830 mm (above hand lever)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 227 kg  1)
Permitted total weight 430 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 202 kg

1) According to Guideline (EU) 168/2013 with all operating fluids, with standard equipment and refuelled with min. 90% of the usable tank capacity.