BMW Motorrad presents the new R 18 and BMW R 18 Classic touring bikes. The R 18 is very purist in style, while the R 18 Classic features a large windscreen, passenger seat, saddle bags, LED additional headlights and 16-inch front wheel.
Classic design of the new BMW R 18 Classic and the BMW R 18 draw inspiration from famous models such as the BMW R 5 both technologically and visually. The bikes feature a completely newly developed two-cylinder boxer engine – the “Big Boxer”and offer three standard riding modes “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock”.
In keeping with the BMW Motorrad tradition, the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 feature a laid-back positioning of the footrests – so-called “mid-mounted footpegs”. This classic position behind the cylinders enables a relaxed and active riding position for optimum vehicle control. The double-loop frame, the pear-drop tank, the open-running universal shaft and the double-lined paintwork (ex works option) of the bikes are reminiscent of the legendary boxer dating back to 1936. The classic bodywork features are also made of metal. The suspension is reminiscent of the legendary R 5. Together with the double-sided swinging arm and a cantilever suspension strut, the rigid-frame concept of the R 5 is perfectly transported into the modern age in visual terms.
The new R 18 will be offered as an exclusive R 18 Classic First Edition and R 18 First Edition right from launch, with a standard model reserved additionally for certain markets. It combines the R 18 look with exclusive equipment features in a classic black finish with white double-lined paintwork. Other highlights include numerous chrome surfaces, a seat badge and a “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side covers.
For the accessories and customising programme of the new R 18, BMW Motorrad is collaborating with Roland Sands Design and several well-known suppliers, including US manufacturer Mustang Seat in order to be able to offer different versions of high-quality hand-made seats.
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