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BMW R 12 Trademark Filing Hints At New 1,200 cc Cruiser

BMW Motorrad’s new trademark filing could signal the start of development on a new 1,200 cc cruiser motorcycle.

BMW Motorrad has reportedly filed a new trademark in Europe for the R 12 model, indicating the possibility of an upcoming 1,200cc boxer twin cruiser motorcycle with styling cues similar to the current BMW R 18. The trademark application is fairly self-explanatory, with the “R” indicating that the new model will be a boxer twin and the “12” indicating both the engine displacement and the fact that the new model will be a cruiser, in keeping with the R 18’s naming convention.

BMW Motorrad already had a 1,200cc cruiser motorcycle, which was sold from 1997 to 2004, and was featured in the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies,” in which Pierce Brosnan’s 007 used the motorcycle in a chase sequence through the streets of Saigon, Vietnam. Bond jumps from rooftop to rooftop in that sequence. The BMW R 18, named after BMW Motorrad’s history, was the cruiser’s spiritual successor. It features one of the largest displacement engines available on a motorcycle and is also one of the heaviest cruisers on the market.

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BMW R 12
BMW R 12

BMW Motorrad clearly sees a growing market for a lighter, and perhaps slightly more agile, 1,200cc cruiser motorcycle aimed at a broader audience. As a result, the R 12 has been registered as a trademark. BMW Motorrad currently offers a couple of boxer engine options with displacements around 1,200 cc. There is the 1,254 cc liquid-cooled engine found in the current R 1250 range, but BMW also has a 1,170 cc air-cooled engine found in the BMW R NineT that is more likely to be used in the new R 12.

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BMW R 12
BMW R 12

The current BMW R 18 range includes several models, including two cruisers and two touring models, as well as a variety of factory accessories that allow customers to customise their motorcycles. Once introduced, the new BMW R 12 is expected to be offered in a variety of configurations to cater to individual customer preferences and to provide a “more accessible” and lighter model than the 345 kg R 18. Additional details are awaited and are expected later this year.

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