2020 has been full of some not-so-great moments but there has been a few developments worth getting excited about. The new BMW R 18 Cruiser from BMW is truly a masterpiece that feels traditional and retro but has all of the bells and whistles for the modern bike enthusiast.
The BMW R 18 Cruiser borrows from models of the past, such as the postwar BMW R 5. It focuses on some motorcycle “essentials” including the boxer engine, contemporary no-frills technology, and a truly classic design.
The centerpiece of the new BMW R 18 is the newly-developed 2-cylinder boxer engine that’s billed as the most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle series production. The peak power output is 91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 116 lbs-ft at 3,000 rpm. Torque is abundant with over 110 lbs-ft of torque available from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, combined with a full, resonant sound. The BMW R 18’s drivetrain is 1802-cc flat twin, 6-speed manual, RWD.
The R 18 also has a double-loop steel tube frame. Its design perpetuates the longstanding BMW Motorrad tradition of this frame. Similar to the BMW R 5, the rear swing arm surrounds the rear axle transmission in authentic style by means of bolted connections. The new BMW R 18 also features a laidback positioning of the footrests, the so-called mid-mounted footpads. This classic position behind the cylinders also enables a relaxed and active riding position for optimum vehicle control.
The First Edition with all the features goes for $20,565 while the base price is $18,190, making it one of the most expensive production bikes ever. For a full run-down of all the features of the BMW R 18, click here.
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