BMW motorcycle has always been a tad elegant, as opposed to instilling fear with their ferocity looks-wise. But the retro R 18, which made its debut as a concept and is now going into production, is ferocious in a variety of ways. You got a problem with that? Me either. Let’s count the ways we love this new motorcycle.
*It looks gorgeous.
It pinches elements from more notorious models like the R 5 visually and technologically with its pure, no-fuss tech and a boxer engine. It’ll be offered worldwide as an exclusive R 18 First Edition right from the start of production, with a standard model reserved additionally for certain markets.
The First Edition combines the R 18 look with exclusive equipment features in a classic black finish with white pinstriped paintwork. Other highlights include numerous chrome surfaces, a seat badge and a “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side covers.
BMW Motorrad is collaborating with Roland Sands Design and several well-known suppliers including the US manufacturer of Mustang Seats to offer different versions of high-quality hand-made seats. Also, customizing potential for the exhaust system is occuring in cooperation with master customizer Vance & Hines. When you get through, your bike will be truly your own.
*It’s got the most powerful BMW boxer engine of all time.
The centerpiece of the new BMW R 18 is a newly-developed 2-cylinder boxer engine known as the “Big Boxer”. The most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle series production, it has a displacement of 1802 cc with peak power output at 91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 116 lbs-ft at 3,000 rpm. Torque is monstrous for this segment, with over 110 lbs-ft of torque available from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, combined with an exhaust note that’ll rattle a window or two.
*It’s got a telescopic fork with fork sleeves, cantilever suspension strut, wire-spoked wheels and disc brakes.
The suspension elements of the new BMW R 18 dispense with electronic adjustment options. Instead, a telescopic fork and a directly mounted central suspension strut with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel control and attractive suspension comfort. Its new braking system features twin discs in front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers.
*It’s designed to keep you upright.
The BMW Motorcycle R 18 features a laid-back positioning of the footrests – so-called “mid-mounted footpegs”. This classic position behind the cylinders is not only typical of BMW, it also enables a relaxed and active riding position for optimum vehicle control.
*Three riding modes are on deck.
The new R 18 offers the three standard riding modes: “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” – unusual in this segment – that adapt to individual rider preferences. The standard trim also includes ASC (Automatic Stability Control, disengageable), which ensures a high level of riding safety. In addition, the new R 18 is equipped as standard with engine drag torque control (MSR). Among other options, a reverse assist makes maneuvering convenient, while the Hill Start Control function facilitates uphill starts.
Pricing will start at $19,000 plus, depending on demand and availability.