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buying Best New Cars under $30,000 for 2021

23:36  24 september  2020
23:36  24 september  2020 Source:   caranddriver.com

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The big reveal of BMW’s first foray into the cruiser segment in 15 years happened back in April. But the official press launch of the R 18? That didn’t unfold until last week, when BMW corporate pulled back the curtain to give us some more juicy info on the development and design of what’s one of the firm’s biggest intros in some time. In his recent First Ride Review, EOC Morgan Gales went over his first impressions of the Bavarian bombshell while testing it on the road, so here, we’ll cover some of the other details that emerged from BMW’s press launch of the R 18 just last week.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of the road: It’s official—the 2021 BMW R 18 cruiser is now in dealerships. Shown is the First Edition version. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser It’s official—the 2021 BMW R 18 cruiser is now in dealerships. Shown is the First Edition version. a motorcycle parked on the side of the road: It’s official—the 2021 BMW R 18 cruiser is now in dealerships. Shown is the First Edition version. © BMW Motorrad It’s official—the 2021 BMW R 18 cruiser is now in dealerships. Shown is the First Edition version.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: BMW plumbed its heritage when designing the big cruiser, referencing the iconic R 5 for key elements like the tank shape and frame. © BMW Motorrad BMW plumbed its heritage when designing the big cruiser, referencing the iconic R 5 for key elements like the tank shape and frame.

You Can Have Your R 18 Three Ways

a motorcycle parked on the side of the road: Sure, it’s got a “C” in the name, but some BMW insiders don’t feel the R1200C was a true cruiser—more like a well-done standard. © Motorcycle Cruiser Sure, it’s got a “C” in the name, but some BMW insiders don’t feel the R1200C was a true cruiser—more like a well-done standard.

The new R 18 will be offered in a variety of trim levels or “packages.” The base model starts at $17,495 (actually, $18,190 with destination and handling fees) and comes with the three ride modes as standard as well as keyless ignition and partial-integral ABS.

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a man riding a motorcycle with a mountain in the background: The model that truly jump-started the R 18—from a production standpoint anyway—was the R nineT, which offered a road map for the future series. © BMW Motorrad The model that truly jump-started the R 18—from a production standpoint anyway—was the R nineT, which offered a road map for the future series.

From there you can choose—or add—three other packages. From the start of production, BMW is offering an exclusive R 18 First Edition, which gets dual white pinstripes on the tank and rear fender, special seat and side cover badging, and more brightwork than you’d see on the standard model, adding $2,150 to the base price.

a close up of a device: BMW said it wanted to stick to the “American cruiser” formula, so the R 18 opts for a nonadjustable front fork (though the directly-mounted shock is preload adjustable). Many of the parts can be swapped for American-spec aftermarket items. © BMW Motorrad BMW said it wanted to stick to the “American cruiser” formula, so the R 18 opts for a nonadjustable front fork (though the directly-mounted shock is preload adjustable). Many of the parts can be swapped for American-spec aftermarket items.

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a close up of a map: The wiring harness and mounting points for the hydraulic lines have all been designed so you can easily remove the rear frame or change the handlebar height. Note the double loop steel frame’s straight backbone angle. © BMW Motorrad The wiring harness and mounting points for the hydraulic lines have all been designed so you can easily remove the rear frame or change the handlebar height. Note the double loop steel frame’s straight backbone angle.

Owners of the First Edition also get an exclusive “Welcome Box” which includes

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a motorcycle parked in a parking lot: Although the big boxer has four valves, dual ignition, and intake manifold injection, it uses a classic OHV configuration for its valve drive with two camshafts, as in the classic R5 and R51 bikes. © Jeff Allen Although the big boxer has four valves, dual ignition, and intake manifold injection, it uses a classic OHV configuration for its valve drive with two camshafts, as in the classic R5 and R51 bikes.

historical tank emblems and slotted screws (copper-colored and ready for installation), assembly gloves, “R18 First Edition” cap, a leather belt with an “R 18 First Edition” clasp, and a book on the nearly 100-year history of BMW Motorrad. It’s the trim level that’s available right now.

a close up of a clock: You can Rock, Roll, or go with Rain for various levels of throttle response and traction control, all standard. © BMW Motorrad You can Rock, Roll, or go with Rain for various levels of throttle response and traction control, all standard.

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a car engine: The R 18 is no featherweight, so we’re glad to see there’s a reverse (only as an option though). Just flip the lever and press the starter. © BMW Motorrad The R 18 is no featherweight, so we’re glad to see there’s a reverse (only as an option though). Just flip the lever and press the starter.

Next up is the Premium Package, which adds an Adaptive Headlight, Headlight Pro (an additional lighting element), Hill Start Control, and Reverse Assist on top of the standard model, for an additional $1,450.

The Select Package includes a locking fuel filler cap, heated grips, and an anti-theft alarm system, for $775 more than the base model. The other packages will come online sometime later in fall of 2021.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: BMW plumbed its heritage when designing the big cruiser, referencing the iconic R 5 for key elements like the tank shape and frame. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser BMW plumbed its heritage when designing the big cruiser, referencing the iconic R 5 for key elements like the tank shape and frame.

It Was Inspired By The R5

a close up of a motorcycle mirror: LED lighting makes the scene throughout the R 18, from the headlight to the turn signals and even the taillights. © BMW Motorrad LED lighting makes the scene throughout the R 18, from the headlight to the turn signals and even the taillights.

“We always felt that we had to use it, to monetize this incredible history that we have,” BMW Motorrad Head of Design Edgar Heinrich says when talking about the prewar R5 model. Design similarities between BMW’s R5, the R32, and the R 18 include the teardrop shape of their tanks, the open shaft drive, and the triangular frame. Like

a man riding a motorcycle on the side of a road: For the first time on a BMW boxer engine you get an anti-hopping clutch. The slipper clutch will help tamp down on rear wheel skip during hasty downshifts. © BMW Motorrad For the first time on a BMW boxer engine you get an anti-hopping clutch. The slipper clutch will help tamp down on rear wheel skip during hasty downshifts.

the legendary R5, the rear swingarm surrounds the rear axle transmission by means of bolted connection. The driveshaft and universal joint riff on classic motorcycle technology and are even nickel-plated as was commonly the case in BMW models up to the 1950s.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of the road: Sure, it’s got a “C” in the name, but some BMW insiders don’t feel the R1200C was a true cruiser—more like a well-done standard. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Sure, it’s got a “C” in the name, but some BMW insiders don’t feel the R1200C was a true cruiser—more like a well-done standard.

…But Definitely Not The R1200C

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During the press event, someone inevitably brought up BMW’s last attempt at a cruiser model, the R1200C, to which Heinrich said, “I would say we did not really go into the cruiser market.” He chose to describe the R1200C more as a handsome, somewhat cruiser-styled standard or naked bike; functionally it worked, but aesthetically and emotionally? Not so much.

a man riding a motorcycle with a mountain in the background: The model that truly jump-started the R 18—from a production standpoint anyway—was the R nineT, which offered a road map for the future series. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The model that truly jump-started the R 18—from a production standpoint anyway—was the R nineT, which offered a road map for the future series.

The R nineT Had A Hand In It

a close up of a car: Don’t like the fishtails? (Us either.) Swap them out for a set of Vance & Hines straight pipes. © BMW Motorrad Don’t like the fishtails? (Us either.) Swap them out for a set of Vance & Hines straight pipes.

Although it definitely didn’t inspire the overall aesthetic, the R nineT should get at least some credit for the R 18′s existence. According to Roland Stocker, project lead for the R 18, “Without the R nineT, there would be no R 18. It was our door opener.” He went on to say that the model made a strong argument for an emotional, heritage-inspired motorcycle to the bean counters while providing the needed template for production.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: BMW has hinted that this will be the beginning of a series of bikes, though they were vague on the details of that. © BMW Motorrad BMW has hinted that this will be the beginning of a series of bikes, though they were vague on the details of that.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: BMW is stocking the parts catalog with plenty of options for bars, seats, wheels, pipes, controls and more. © BMW Motorrad BMW is stocking the parts catalog with plenty of options for bars, seats, wheels, pipes, controls and more.

BMW Saw The Harley-Davidson Softail Slim As Its Direct Competition

In North America, the cruiser segment accounts for nearly half of all motorcycles sold, and the worldwide sales figures are nothing to sneeze at either. When you’re dipping a toe into such a firmly established category, it’s not unusual to seek out competitive products as benchmarks. For BMW, that was the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim, a stripped-down, bobber-styled retro cruiser priced at around $16,000. Consequently, the Slim and the R 18 match up fairly closely in terms of displacement, power output, and seat height, though the BMW does have dual disc brakes, ride modes, and traction control. It’s also almost 100 pounds heavier than the Slim.

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a close up of a device: It’s official—the 2021 BMW R 18 cruiser is now in dealerships. Shown is the First Edition version. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser It’s official—the 2021 BMW R 18 cruiser is now in dealerships. Shown is the First Edition version.

Which Is Partly Why It’s Got A Telescopic Fork, Wire-Spoked Wheels With Fat Tires, And A Hardtail Look

Edgar Heinrich riding on the back of a motorcycle: Head of BMW Motorrad Design Edgar Heinrich sees the R 18 as an expression of simplicity and purity; “...there is no clutter.” © BMW Motorrad Head of BMW Motorrad Design Edgar Heinrich sees the R 18 as an expression of simplicity and purity; “...there is no clutter.”

The new BMW R 18 definitely goes for an elemental cruiser vibe, purposely avoiding things like electronic adjustment options. Instead you see a nonadjustable 49mm telescopic fork and a preload-adjustable horizontally mounted shock (with no linkage)

directly connecting the top of the swingarm to the main frame and bringing just 3.5 inches of suspension travel. As in the BMW R5, the tubes of the telescopic fork are encased in fork sleeves.

a close up of a map: The wiring harness and mounting points for the hydraulic lines have all been designed so you can easily remove the rear frame or change the handlebar height. Note the double loop steel frame’s straight backbone angle. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The wiring harness and mounting points for the hydraulic lines have all been designed so you can easily remove the rear frame or change the handlebar height. Note the double loop steel frame’s straight backbone angle.

It’s Designed To Be Easy To Customize

From the get-go, says BMW, the R 18 was designed with quick modifications in mind. That means an easily removable rear subframe, a saddle attached by just a single bolt, and just two bolts to get past to remove the steel rear fender (all bodywork including side panels and headlight bucket are steel). The other painted parts come off easily too, and carefully conceived attachment points for the hydraulic lines of the brake, clutch, and cable harness likewise allow easy installation of aftermarket handlebars in conjunction with matching hydraulic lines and cable harnesses. Other components too were designed to fit parts manufactured for American brands, so builders can have even more aftermarket options. In addition, the visible valve covers and the belt cover are designed to be located outside the oil chamber, making them easy to change.

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a motorcycle parked in a parking lot: Although the big boxer has four valves, dual ignition, and intake manifold injection, it uses a classic OHV configuration for its valve drive with two camshafts, as in the classic R5 and R51 bikes. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Although the big boxer has four valves, dual ignition, and intake manifold injection, it uses a classic OHV configuration for its valve drive with two camshafts, as in the classic R5 and R51 bikes.

The Centerpiece Is Still The 1,802cc Boxer Engine

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The R 18 side by side with the legendary R 5. © BMW Motorrad The R 18 side by side with the legendary R 5.

BMW hasn’t been shy about touting the centerpiece of its new R 18, which would be that humongous 1,802cc, newly developed two-cylinder boxer engine—the most powerful two-cylinder boxer ever used in motorcycle series production. BMW claims peak power figures of 91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 116 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm, though our own dyno runs showed somewhat less optimistic numbers—81 hp and 103 pound-feet of torque, or just slightly punchier than what H-D claims for the Milwaukee-Eight 107 on its Softail Slim. As Gales puts it, “[The R18′s engine] shakes mightily when it starts and rolls the bike to the left when you rev it up thanks to the ample flywheel effect of the longitudinally mounted crankshaft. Unlike many of BMW’s other boxer engines, there is no counterbalancer, and this engine makes it known.”

And as the product manager at BMW Motorrad USA put it, “BMW’s middle name is Motor!”

a close up of a clock: You can Rock, Roll, or go with Rain for various levels of throttle response and traction control, all standard. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser You can Rock, Roll, or go with Rain for various levels of throttle response and traction control, all standard.

Ride By Wire And Three Ride Modes Come Standard

The R 18 comes standard with three riding modes along with ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and MSR (engine drag control), giving it an electronics combo you don’t normally see in the retro heavyweight cruiser segment. The modes are Rain, Roll, and Rock that adapt to individual rider preferences, with Rock being a bit more aggressive with throttle response and having the least intervention from traction control. Hill Start Control can also be added as a factory option.

a car engine: The R 18 is no featherweight, so we’re glad to see there’s a reverse (only as an option though). Just flip the lever and press the starter. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The R 18 is no featherweight, so we’re glad to see there’s a reverse (only as an option though). Just flip the lever and press the starter.

It’s Got A Reverse

A reverse gear is available as a factory option (it’s called Reverse Assist). Reverse is driven by an intermediate gear and the starter motor, and it’s engaged manually by flipping down a lever on the left side of the bike. This blocks forward gears and engages the reverse gear, with movement initiated by the rider pressing the starter button.

a close up of a motorcycle mirror: LED lighting makes the scene throughout the R 18, from the headlight to the turn signals and even the taillights. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser LED lighting makes the scene throughout the R 18, from the headlight to the turn signals and even the taillights.

There’s State-Of-The-Art LED Lighting

Another first—BMW used a tripod joint and three pronged yoke to handle the open driveshaft’s length adjustments at the R 18’s rear end. © Jeff Allen Another first—BMW used a tripod joint and three pronged yoke to handle the open driveshaft’s length adjustments at the R 18’s rear end.

BMW managed to stuff some cool LED lighting tech into that classic (and adjustable) metal bucket with a newly developed, unusual-looking main light, while new LED side indicators also offer integrated taillight function at the rear for added safety.

Meanwhile, you can also spring for the Adaptive Headlight, which offers improved illumination by way of separate LED elements in the main headlight. Those elements are activated via a tilt sensor based on your lean angle and turn on to compensate for the bike’s angle in relation to the cutoff line of the low beam. The function is activated when the engine is running, the high or low beam is activated, and darkness is detected, at speeds over 6 mph and a banking angle of approximately 7 degrees. The Adaptive Headlight is a factory option.

a man riding a motorcycle on the side of a road: For the first time on a BMW boxer engine you get an anti-hopping clutch. The slipper clutch will help tamp down on rear wheel skip during hasty downshifts. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser For the first time on a BMW boxer engine you get an anti-hopping clutch. The slipper clutch will help tamp down on rear wheel skip during hasty downshifts.

And For The First Time, There’s An Anti-Hopping Clutch

As in most BMW Motorrad boxer engines, a single-disc dry clutch transmits the torque from the engine to the transmission. On the R 18, for the first time it’s designed to be a self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch with a slip-assist system to prevent rear wheel hop say, under heavy deceleration.

a close up of a car: Don’t like the fishtails? (Us either.) Swap them out for a set of Vance & Hines straight pipes. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Don’t like the fishtails? (Us either.) Swap them out for a set of Vance & Hines straight pipes.

BMW Partnered With Aftermarket Companies For A Deep Catalog Of Accessory Parts

BMW made sure the R 18 will have plenty of accessory support by leveraging its partnerships with some of the bigs in the aftermarket segment. Two different design collections of milled aluminum parts are available via a Roland Sands Design collaboration, while BMW also tapped Mustang Seats and Vance & Hines for their expertise in the saddle and exhaust areas (respectively), with several options being available from both categories.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: BMW has hinted that this will be the beginning of a series of bikes, though they were vague on the details of that. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser BMW has hinted that this will be the beginning of a series of bikes, though they were vague on the details of that.

This Could Be The Beginning Of A Family

Much like the R nineT spawned a series of several iterations, BMW has pretty much admitted the same will hold for the R 18, with new variations of the bike to come down the line. We’ve already seen a custom drag bike from Roland Sands, and a “concept” performance cruiser from BMW with the R 18 / 2. Will there be a proper bagger too? We’d bet on it.

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