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BMW Motorrad May Be Working On Smaller BMW R 12 Cruiser

Latest rumours out of Europe suggest that BMW Motorrad may be working on a new cruiser with the engine from the BMW R nineT.

Rumours from Europe suggest BMW Motorrad may be working on a smaller version of the R 18 cruiser expand View Photos
Rumours from Europe suggest BMW Motorrad may be working on a smaller version of the R 18 cruiser

Highlights

  • Rumours from Europe suggest a smaller version of the BMW R 18 cruiser
  • BMW Motorrad may use the BMW R nineT engine on the R 18 styling
  • New BMW cruiser may be called the BMW R 12

BMW Motorrad may be working on a smaller version of the BMW R 18 cruiser motorcycle if latest rumours coming out of Europe are to be believed. It certainly seems like a possible move, considering the gorgeous R 18 that we reviewed recently. BMW Motorrad is already working on different variants based on the basic R 18 platform, and the R 18 Classic has already been launched in India, and another variant based on the standard R 18 is likely to be launched as well in the coming months.

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The weight and size of the BMW R18 makes it somewhat cumbersome to manoeuvre around tight parking spots. The smaller R 12, if it's launched will be lighter and use the 1,170 cc engine of the BMW R nineT

If BMW Motorrad does go ahead with a smaller version of the R 18, it promises to be an exciting package, even more exciting than the R 18, with the 1,170 cc actually making more power (109 bhp, compared to 90 bhp on the R 18), and possibly, less weight on the R 12. The smaller engine from the BMW R nineT will probably be re-tuned to make some more torque lower down to go with the cruiser credentials, styling and performance.

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The smaller cruiser is expected to have similar styling as the BMW R18, with a low seat height, and classic cruiser styling

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The rumours about the smaller BMW cruiser originate from a report from French publication Le Repaire des Motards, where BMW Motorrad head Dr. Markus Schramm has reportedly indicated that cruisers represent a very important segment in motorcycles over 500 cc, and that the R 18 won't be the end of BMW Motorrad's cruiser line-up, and the logical progression will be a smaller cruiser. Although he didn't explicitly confirm a smaller cruiser, rumour mills have been on overdrive, and putting two and two together, the only logical, and exciting prospect would be to plonk the BMW R nineT mill on a similarly designed cruiser as the R 18. If that happens, it's bound to be an interesting product for sure, and we can't wait to sample it!

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