Starting from £11,990

R 12

R 12

Cruise as you are with the BMW R 12. This laid-back cruiser brings unique nonchalance right to your doorstep. Its low seat height invites you to hop on immediately. 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.

R 12



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Technical Specification

Rated output 70 kW (95 hp) at 6,500 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
Compression ratio 12.0 : 1
Mixture control Electronic intake pipe injection / digital engine management system: BMS-O with throttle-by-wire
Exhaust emission standards 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
Wheels Aluminium cast wheels
Rim, front 2.75 x 19"
Rim, rear 4.00 x 16"
Tyre, front 100/90 R19
Tyre, rear 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)
Dimensions / 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 fuel tank capacity.


BMW R 12
BMW R 12
  • BMW Motorrad ABS Pro
  • Cast Aluminium Wheels
  • LED Headlight, taillight, indicators & Daytime riding lights
BMW R 12
BMW R 12
  • BMW Motorrad ABS Pro
  • Cast Aluminium Wheels
  • LED Headlight, taillight, indicators & Daytime riding lights