The past in the present: new cruiser from BMW

The past in the present: new cruiser from BMW


After two concepts, a dozen leaks and almost a year of waiting, the Bavarians has revealed the production version of its new cruiser. Bagger will probably be a little later, but on the official photo, you can see a huge number of custom elements that can significantly transform the appearance R18.

In its press release, BMW often mentions the model of R5, which appeared in the 1936m. Undoubtedly, the appearance R18 indicates that cruiser in many respects is a homage to a legendary ancestor. Neat and sleek design coexists with modern equipment and “pleasant vibrations” of the motor.


The engine news bears the designation “Big Boxer” and has air / oil cooling. Along with the CAT and intake it weighs 110 pounds (curb weight of just bike – 345 kg). The working volume of 1 802 cube cylinder diameter of 107.1 mm, stroke of the pistons – 100 mm. Maximum power of 91 BHP at 4750 rpm maximum torque – 158 Nm at 3000 rpm. BMW stressed that in the range of 2000 to 4000 rpm you can access more than 150 Nm of torque.

Based on motorcycle – steel tubular frame-type Softail with the monoshock under the seat. His stroke is 90mm. Front set of feathers with a diameter of 49mm with a stroke of 120 mm.

Landing on R18 BMW describes as classic for motorcycles with oppozity, which allows you to go at the same time and relaxed, and active. You can set the platform instead of foot pegs from the accessories catalog. Seat height in the basic version – 690 mm.

The front is fitted with two brake disc diameter 300m with four piston calipers. Brake system combined, and press on the front brake lever is partially actuated and the rear brake, but the rear brake pedal on the front will not be affected. In addition to the ABS database will be available to the stabilization system and ASC traction control system MSR, which will save you with a sharp start. One more electronic assistants are three modes of operation of the engine, Rain, Rock and Roll. Rain softens the response to the throttle is a standard Roll, and Rock sports.

Great attention was paid to BMW accessories. Realizing that the owners of H-D used an aftermarket, the Germans immediately agreed with Vance & Hance, Mustang Seats and Roland Sands design. At the start of sales will be available: handlebar ape-hanger, alloy wheels, turned aluminium caps and stuff, single saddle “as my grandfather in the Urals” mufflers V&H, bags, windshields of different heights, as well as a slight rear wing in the style of “bobber”, which deprives you of the subframe and the ability to carry a passenger. With it a level of authenticity increases by 5 R five. But it is better to choose spicemania wheels, which will be offered with either front diameter of 16, or 19.


In the USA the price tag on R18 starts at $17,495 for the base version. If you want to get even more vintage look, then for an additional $2375 you will receive a First Edition package that includes more chrome and painted stripes on the tank. At home while the R18 is only available as a First Edition for €22800.

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