The term Modern Classic has a new definition – The R18 from BMW Motorrad.
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BMW took the wraps off the Concept R18 at EICMA in May of 2019. Now, in April 2020 BMW has debuted the production-spec version of the R18 Cruiser. If there are two words that describe the R18-they’d be GORGEOUS and CLASSY. Every bit on the R18 screams retro.
The production-spec carries forward most of the parts from the concept. In fact, when the Concept R18 was made public, the final production version was very well on its way to the production line.
The Powerful Big Boxer
The R18 debuts the Biggest Boxer engine ever developed by BMW. At 1802 CC, the Big Boxer, as BMW calls it – develops 91 HP which might not be the number you’d expect from an engine of the capacity, but more importantly, it develops 158 Nm of twist. Almost all of the torque i.e 150 Nm is available from as low as 2000 RPM. All that power is transferred to the rear wheel via a shaft drive instead of the conventional chain drive. Yes, you read it right. The R18 is shaft driven motorcycle.
Strong At Heart
The R18 tips the scales at a rather heavy 345 kg of which about one-third (i.e 110.8 Kg) is contributed by the engine, the intake and the gearbox itself. But considering the cruiser nature of the bike, it is kind of justifiable. BMW also has given it some good rider aids too. You have the ABS and Automatic stability control system (which is switchable) as standard. Then there are three riding modes – Rain, Roll & Rock and the MSR –
which is the anti-slip feature that is designed to prevent the bike from skidding under over acceleration or quick downshifts.
The R18 also has lots of optional features and customizer friendly parts available right off the shelf from BMW partners Roland Sands Design, Vance & Hines, and Mustang Seats. A lot of painted parts on the motorcycle are easily removable – only to be replaced by the bolt-on custom parts. Even the entire rear frame of the bike is easily removable. You also get heated grips and a reverse gear that is electric motor driven as an optional extra.
BMW Motorrad has earmarked the R18 for India. The R18 is available in two trims i.e the First edition and Standard – depending on the market.
The First edition has some exclusivity to it such as the extra chrome elements, Blackstorm metallic paint with white pinstripes, and a First Edition seat badge. Owners of the First edition also get a welcome box that has a book containing the 100-year history of BMW Motorrad, a historic tank emblem with copper wordings and copper screws.
Price of BMW R18
Converting the prices, the standard costs for India comes around INR 13.3 lakhs and the First edition will set you back by INR 15.10 lakhs. This is without adding the import duty and other taxes, which will shoot the price even further. Yet the R18 comes to a market that is purely dominated by Harley-Davidsons and Indian heavy motorcycles like Royal Enfield and is a big bet by BMW Motorrad.
A motorcycle is the biggest accessory you can wear. It’s not about being the fastest.“
Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad Head of Design
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