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Motorcycles BMW Reveals New R 18 Classic Model

04:10  24 october  2020
04:10  24 october  2020 Source:   motorcyclecruiser.com

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They borrow from famous models such as the BMW R 5 both technologically and visually, shifting the focus back onto the motorcycle essentials: purist The centrepiece of the suspension in the new R 18 Classic is a double-loop steel tube frame. Its design perpetuates the longstanding BMW Motorrad

An exclusive R 18 First Edition will be available worldwide at the model launch, featuring classic black paint detailed with white pinstripes, chrome upgrades, a seat badge, and a First Edition chrome The press documents proclaim “With the new R 18 , BMW Motorrad now enters the cruiser segment.”

The intro was drawn out, and the concepts came hot and heavy but that only fed the rumors there would be several versions of BMW’s big hotly anticipated R 18 cruiser. It was a poorly kept secret that the Germans would roll out different iterations; one would most certainly be a bagger or at least a touring cruiser, we speculated, based on the “concept” R 18 /2 unveiled earlier. Well. we didn’t have to wait very long—the second member of the new R 18 cruiser series is here, with the R 18 Classic slotting into the classic touring segment of the cruiser world.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: BMW’s second variant of the R 18 is here in the form of the 2021 R 18 Classic. Shown is the exclusive First Edition. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser BMW’s second variant of the R 18 is here in the form of the 2021 R 18 Classic. Shown is the exclusive First Edition. a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Onto the base-model R 18, the Classic adds a large shield, a touring seat, and, of course, big black saddlebags. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Onto the base-model R 18, the Classic adds a large shield, a touring seat, and, of course, big black saddlebags.

The info we got makes it clear the R 18 Classic builds upon the established platform of the standard R 18, with all the main elements that define that bike being carried over, including the double-loop steel tube frame, open running universal shaft drive, and that 1,802cc “Big Boxer” engine at its core. BMW reminds us it’s the “most powerful two-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle series production,” and we can vouch for its power; when EOC Gales tested the R 18 in his First Ride review and put it on the dyno, it cranked out 81.3 hp. More telling was the peak 103.9 pound-feet of torque the engine produced, a number that touring riders are sure to appreciate.

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The 2021 BMW R 18 "Big Boxer" cruiser has finally been unveiled in complete production form, with a look reminiscent of the R 5 model of the 1930s. 2021 BMW R 18 First Edition. Images courtesy BMW Motorrad. It’s here, and for the most part it looks exactly how we hoped it would: like a classic

Following the premiere of the new BMW R 18 , BMW Motorrad now presents the second member of its new model series for the cruiser segment: the While the R 18 is very purist in style, the R 18 Classic features a large windscreen, passenger seat, saddle bags, LED additional headlights and 16-inch

a close up of a motorcycle: The mechanically unchanged 1,802cc Big Boxer engine makes a return appearance in the R 18 Classic. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The mechanically unchanged 1,802cc Big Boxer engine makes a return appearance in the R 18 Classic.

Being a touring cruiser, the R 18 C naturally gets all the traditional hallmarks most folks associate with that niche—a large touring windscreen, more comfortable passenger accommodations via a larger two-up saddle (which sits a touch higher, at 27.9 inches), leather-look, top-opening saddlebags holding 3.4 gallons each, additional auxiliary driving lights, and a 16-inch front wheel. The mufflers are straight on the Classic rather than the portly fishtails seen on the R 18 too, and frankly, we think it’s a much better look. In fact, if not for the exhaust and different size wheels (the Classic runs 16-inch spoked wheels both front and rear, as opposed to the base R 18′s 19-inch front rubber), you could argue this is just an accessory package added to the base model. Even the floorboards shown in these photos come standard in the US, but are options elsewhere in the world. We’re happy to see that the R 18 Classic also comes with electronic cruise control as standard though.

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a motorcycle parked in front of a mirror: Two auxiliary driving lights add to the Classic’s nostalgic vibe, though these are LED units. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Two auxiliary driving lights add to the Classic’s nostalgic vibe, though these are LED units.

Other classic add-ons include a small light bar with driving lights and those wire-spoked wheels. The R 18 Classic gets the same striking LED main headlight in a robust metal housing as its base-model brother, but also adds two stylish LED lights on either side of the main unit. You’ll also see those nostalgic laced wheels, but unlike the R 18, the Classic has a smaller front wheel size measuring 3.00 x 16 inches and wearing a 130/90B-16 tire.

a motorcycle that is sitting on top of a car: The Classic’s leather-look bags are top-loading and hold about 15 liters each. They are removable. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The Classic’s leather-look bags are top-loading and hold about 15 liters each. They are removable.

Again, we’re talking about the same base as the R 18, so the Classic can also be easily modified thanks to a removable rear subframe, a saddle attached by just one bolt, and just two bolts to remove the steel rear fender (all bodywork including side panels and headlight bucket are steel). In keeping with that philosophy, BMW made the Classic’s windshield, saddlebags, and passenger seat removable as well. The windshield holder is connected to the front at four points, and the shield is inserted at the top into the fork and connected at the bottom with the locking brackets that also carry the additional lights and indicators. The passenger seat is plugged and screwed in for easy removal. The saddlebags each hold 3.4 gallons of cargo, but if you use the optional liners, it’s a bit less. The bags' metal buckles conceal push-in fasteners that do the opening and closing, while the bags themselves are connected to the bike via easily removable screws.

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With the new R 18 , BMW Motorrad now enters the cruiser segment. Like no other BMW motorcycle before it, this model stands entirely What is more, classic design is combined in the R 18 with clear-cut yet contemporary technology to create a fascinating overall concept – offering a riding experience

The BMW R 18 Classic . The R 18 Classic brings to mind the icons of our history and the qualities of early touring cruisers. We brought these qualities back to life.

a motorcycle is parked on the side: Windshield is removable from the brackets; the 49mm fork is the same nonadjustable unit as on the R 18. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Windshield is removable from the brackets; the 49mm fork is the same nonadjustable unit as on the R 18.

Suspenders remain the same as well, with the BMW R 18 Classic also running a nonadjustable 49mm telescopic fork with 4.7 inches of travel, and a preload-adjustable horizontally mounted shock (with no linkage) directly connecting the top of the swingarm to the main frame and bringing 3.5 inches of suspension travel. As a nod to the legendary BMW R 5—or really, most other traditional touring cruisers—the Classic’s fork tubes wear beer-can-style sleeves. The BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 are also both hauled down from speed via twin disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers and BMW’s part integral ABS.

a close up of a motorcycle: The Classic’s circular screen features an analog speedometer display and integrated indicator lamps. Three ride modes give you various levels of throttle response and traction control. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The Classic’s circular screen features an analog speedometer display and integrated indicator lamps. Three ride modes give you various levels of throttle response and traction control.

The new R 18 Classic also offers the same three standard riding modes as the R 18, with Rain, Roll, and Rock allowing the rider to adapt to different conditions.

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The centerpiece of the new BMW R 18 is a newly-developed 2-cylinder boxer engine – the “Big Boxer”. Both its impressive appearance and its technology reflect a continuation of the traditional air-cooled boxer engines that have offered an inspiring riding experience for more than seven decades

The new R 18 invokes the history and the iconic hallmarks of the BMW brand. The result: a true BMW cruiser that is full of character, surrounding the

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: BMW’s second variant of the R 18 is here in the form of the 2021 R 18 Classic. Shown is the exclusive First Edition. © BMW Motorrad BMW’s second variant of the R 18 is here in the form of the 2021 R 18 Classic. Shown is the exclusive First Edition.

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The Classic also rolls with ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and MSR (engine drag control), with heated grips, hill Start Control and reverse available as factory options.

a close up of a motorcycle: Pillion section is also removable from the seat. This First Edition model shows slash cut exhaust tips, but we’re not sure if those come standard. Plenty of accessory options are available though. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser Pillion section is also removable from the seat. This First Edition model shows slash cut exhaust tips, but we’re not sure if those come standard. Plenty of accessory options are available though. a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: “Nostalgic two-up touring” seems to be the aim here. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser “Nostalgic two-up touring” seems to be the aim here.

No doubt more versions of the R 18 will be coming down the pike soon, as BMW has almost openly admitted. The brand is clearly committed to the series and the accessory support for the two R 18 models looks strong too. For the Classic you can add farkles from BMW’s own catalog, like various seats, handlebars, footboards, backrests, and more storage options, as well as collaboration parts from partners like Roland Sands, Vance & Hines, and Mustang, who can supply uniquely designed milled aluminum covers, exhausts, and seats, respectively.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a mountain: You can tap into a pretty thick catalog of R 18 accessory pieces like bars, seats, wheels, pipes, controls, and more. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser You can tap into a pretty thick catalog of R 18 accessory pieces like bars, seats, wheels, pipes, controls, and more.

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a close up of a motorcycle: The 16-inch spoked wheels with chunky tires, touring shield, black saddlebags, and straight pipes add up to this classic touring profile. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser The 16-inch spoked wheels with chunky tires, touring shield, black saddlebags, and straight pipes add up to this classic touring profile.

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a person riding on the back of a motorcycle: Onto the base-model R 18, the Classic adds a large shield, a touring seat, and, of course, big black saddlebags. © BMW Motorrad Onto the base-model R 18, the Classic adds a large shield, a touring seat, and, of course, big black saddlebags.

Like the R 18, the R 18 Classic will be offered worldwide as a First Edition initially, with a standard model going to certain markets. The FE models get exclusive paint and chrome, seat badges, and a “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side cover. FE buyers also get buttered up with a Welcome Box that includes historical tank emblems, slotted screws, assembly gloves, an “R 18 First Edition” cap, and a book on the history of BMW Motorrad plus more inside. Although it’s little more than an accessorized R 18, it’s a start. Will we see a full-dress R 18 next? The rumors are out there.

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