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MotorcyclesBMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design

13:50  02 june  2019
13:50  02 june  2019 Source:   autoblog.com

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The BMW Concept R 18 motorcycle signals that the German brand will enter the cruiser market once again with a 1.8-liter boxer twin engine . BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design . Third concept with 1.8-liter boxer twin presages a line of production

Concept R 18 roars to life. BMW Motorrad custom concept unveiled at Villa d’Este. Lay your eyes on the Concept R 18 and it’s clear that a desire to make an authentic, pure, hand-built This segment needs a big motor, so if the 500cc unit of the original R 5 doesn’t cut it (by modern standards) then

BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design
BMW took six wheels to the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on the shore of Lake Como. Four of those wheels sit under the Marcello Gandini-designed Garmisch concept. The other two are for this, the Motorrad division's R18 concept. This is the third concept bike in the last six months to showcase the company's new 1.8-liter boxer engine, coming after the cyberpunk cafe racer Departed concept out of Japan in December, and last month's barely-there Revival Birdcage concept built in Texas. This in-house design from BMW goes all-in on classic motifs given the slightest of modern touches.

Instead of the air-cooling of yore, this engine is air- and oil-cooled, and fed by dual Solex carbs instead of fuel injection. The unit is supported in the kind of round-edged cradle frame one can trace all the way back to the R5 from the 1930s. The block and transmission housing are made of bead-blasted aluminum, contrasting with the hand-polished belt guard and valve covers. An exposed, chrome-plated driveshaft running to the rear hub is the kind of historical touch that should be etched with the phrase, "When Men Were Men."

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The BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 is immediately recognisable as a genuine BMW : boxer engine , cradle frame, exposed universal shaft and drop-shaped fuel tank with its black paintwork and hand-applied contrast lines interpret typical design icons of BMW Motorrad classics, while displaying

Since the R18 concept's philosophy is leaving out anything superfluous, the only electronics to be found work the starter and the lights. A cantilever spring strut hides beneath the minimalist leather seat. A "U" pattern graces the headlight glass, just as with historic units, but this one goes for LEDs instead of halogen. The staggered wheels - 21 inches in front, 18 inches in back - wear rubber from in BMW Motorrad's historic tire partner, Metzeler.

The only ornamental item on the bike is the paintwork. The teardrop tank and fork are bathed in black, overlaid with a yellow-gold metallic varnish and white, hand-applied pinstripes. The rider gets some ornament, too, with the smooth horse leather jacket featuring built-in protectors.

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BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design . As one who has long been a fan of the boxer engine , I am extremely interested in what BMW is planning.

The BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 shows how a forward projection of a 1960s boxer engine could look like today as a purist custom bike in combination with all

This two-wheeled teaser is an "emotional and authentic offer for the large cruiser segment," meaning that we're being prepared for a line of production motorcycles from BMW with the 1.8-liter flat-twin. Observers think a bagger, a tourer, and a cruiser are on the way, and a thrust at segments owned by Harley-Davidson. BMW Motorrad will reveal the first of them sometime later this year, perhaps in advance of the EICMA show in November.

BMW Motorrad Concept R18 wraps a big modern engine in spare historic design originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 May 2019

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