'R12' and 'R12 S' Now Belong to the Bavarians Until 2031
BMW's iconic R12. Media sourced from Wikipedia.
If what we hear is true, BMW has just filed for rights to the name ‘R12 S’ – and it’s a toss-up whether BMW will resurrect their WWII-era bike into a refreshed new model, or if they will slap the name onto another range entirely.
The additional ‘S’ variant registry tells us we’re likely to see a middleweight / higher-cc brainchild – especially considering that the original BMW R12 was capable of a 110-120km (68-75 mile) top speed and a tepid 18hp (via Wikipedia).
Still, wouldn’t it be drool-worthy if BMW slapped a larger engine inside a replica chassis of this bad gal and decided to resurrect a vintage vibe to today’s streets:
There are additional guesses from other parts of the industry, too; apparently, Motorcycle.com thinks the new machine will be an RnineT successor, whereas BMW’s first ‘R12’ patent filing had others believing that “BMW would give the R1200C a proper successor, and judging by the format of the name, it appears that the new model could follow in the R 18’s design” (via RideApart).
“However, new evidence suggests that there is more to the R 12 name than another cruiser from the brand.”