BMW Builds First Cruiser Bike

The newly announced R 18 is not only BMW Motorrad’s first cruiser but also its most powerful boxer engined motorcycle.

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Apr 7, 2020 2 min. read

Article was updated 3 years ago

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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 in the tradition of historical BMW motorcycles – both technically and in terms of design style.

The centerpiece of the new BMW R 18 is a newly-developed two-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, since BMW Motorrad began production in 1923.

The most powerful two-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle series production has a displacement of 1802 cc. The peak power output is 91 hp and 116 lb/ft of torque.

The centerpiece of the suspension in the new R 18 is a double-loop steel tube frame.

Its design perpetuates the longstanding BMW Motorrad tradition of this frame type. Outstanding manufacturing quality and a meticulous attention to detail is also evident in unapparent features such as the welded joints between the steel tubes and the cast or forged parts.

BMW Cruiser Bike

BMW Cruiser Bike

Like the legendary BMW R 5, the rear swing arm – surrounds the rear axle transmission in authentic style by means of bolted connections.

The suspension elements of the new BMW R 18 deliberately dispense with electronic adjustment options. Instead, a telescopic fork and a directly mounted central suspension strut with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel control and attractive suspension comfort.

The new BMW R 18 braking system features twin discs in front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers.

Meanwhile the wire-spoked wheels ensure a supremely stylish appearance.

The new R 18 also offers the three standard riding modes “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” – unusual in this segment – that adapt to individual rider preferences.

In addition, the new R 18 is equipped as standard with engine drag torque control (MSR).

Among other options, a reverse assist makes maneuvering convenient, while the Hill Start Control function facilitates uphill starts.




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