dearJulius.com

$hide=home

BMW's prewar-inspired R18 boxer motorcycle makes its production debut

We loved the concept at Villa d'Este, and now the production version will haunt our dreams until it's released.

© BMW Motorrad  When you've got as long a history of making beautiful motorcycles as BMW, looking back isn't necessarily a bad thing.

By Kyle Hyatt, Roadshow

I've been looking forward to a production version of BMW's R18 concept since it debuted last year at Villa d'Este, and now it's finally here. How close does the production model get to the utterly gorgeous prewar-inspired concept?

© Provided by Roadshow

Well, pretty close, actually. Sure, there will be plenty who argue that it should be closer, that the production bike's front wheel is too small or that BMW should have retained the concept's fork covers, but I'm not one of those people. This thing is a handsome-as-hell cruiser-bobber style motorcycle, and I badly want to ride it already.

The R18's headline feature is its massive 1.8-liter horizontally opposed twin-cylinder engine. This is the biggest boxer that BMW has ever offered -- by over half a liter -- and it's still air-cooled. This lump outputs a 91 horsepower and a whopping 116 pound-feet of torque. It's got four valves per cylinder with dual overhead camshafts on each cylinder, and it promises to be a characterful old thing, in the best traditions of the brand.

© Provided by Roadshow   The pinstriping and fishmouth exhaust, coupled with this massive cylinders make this a near perfect retro throwback. BMW Motorrad

The bike also features the classic BMW boxer large single-disc dry clutch and a six-speed gearbox. Unusual for the BMW though (these days, at least) is the decision to leave the bike's driveshaft exposed. This was done in homage to the prewar Beemers like the R5 and R51 from which the R18 takes much of its inspiration. A reverse gear ala Honda's Goldwing is available as an option.

The R18 is probably closest in spirit to the R NineT, at least as far as current production motorcycles go, and like that bike, it's been designed with easy customization in mind. To that end, BMW has partnered with the likes of Roland Sands Design and Mustang Seats to offer factory-approved accessories to help make the R18 more your own.

© Provided by Roadshow

Unlike the R NineT, the R18 features multiple ride modes which include Rock, Roll and Rain. The former being the most aggressive ride mode, with access to the bike's full power and torque. Roll mode is analogous to most motorcycles' Road mode, while Rain offers softer throttle response and more limited power and torque.

The bike's suspension is pretty neat in that it looks very much like a hardtail (aka no rear suspension) but, in fact, is merely hiding its rear suspension bits. The bike's front fork legs are each a whopping 49 millimeters in diameter and look suitably old-timey -- though I'd have loved to see a modern BMW interpretation of the classic Earles fork design that it used in the 1920s and 30s.

© Provided by Roadshow

The R18 will be available in two flavors at launch: the standard version and the First Edition, and it's the latter one that really gets my attention. The First Edition pays the closest homage to the classic Beemers with all kinds of pinstriping and chrome. It also comes with some neat extras like historically accurate tank emblems, slotted screws (to look period correct while also annoying your mechanic), a leather belt, a screwdriver, gloves and a book celebrating the BMW motorcycles' 97-year history.

© Provided by Roadshow

The standard R18 will set you back a surprisingly reasonable $17,495, while the First Edition will go for $19,870. Bikes are currently slated to hit dealers later on in 2020, but given the dramatic effect that the coronavirus outbreak has had on the industry, that could be pushed back.

COMMENTS





|Featured Content_$type=three$c=3$l=0$m=0$s=hide$rm=0

Name

Accessories,1,Auto Insurance,1,Auto Show,82,Autos,42,Barn Finds,1,Buying,1,Car Shows,1,Car Tech,8,Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles,1,Chicago Auto Show,4,Classic Cars,106,Consumer Electronics Show,5,Customs & Classics,2,Detroit Auto Show,7,Driving,6,Enthusiasts,313,Featured,12,Features,1,Frankfurt Motor Show,3,Fuel Economy,2,Gearheads,1,Geneva Motor Show,17,Hot Rod Power Tour,1,Imports,1,Just For Fun,2,Los Angeles Auto Show,16,Maintenance,6,Motorcycles,297,Motorsports,3,Muscle Cars,4,Muscle Cars & Hot Rods,3,New Bikes,2,New Car Deals,1,New York Auto Show,5,News,489,Ownership,116,Paris Motor Show,5,Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance,2,Premium,1,Recalls,4,Research,214,Reviews,117,SEMA Show,5,Shanghai Auto Show,8,Sports and Exotics,5,Sports Cars,12,Supercars,14,Tech,1,Tokyo Motor Show,8,Trucks,1,
ltr
item
Automotive Magazine: BMW's prewar-inspired R18 boxer motorcycle makes its production debut
BMW's prewar-inspired R18 boxer motorcycle makes its production debut
We loved the concept at Villa d'Este, and now the production version will haunt our dreams until it's released.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CarKuGGdeIY/XogN_8709YI/AAAAAAACG_0/0EmwY6RygZovIpD5iBWgODs_JuCCTSluQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/1.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CarKuGGdeIY/XogN_8709YI/AAAAAAACG_0/0EmwY6RygZovIpD5iBWgODs_JuCCTSluQCLcBGAsYHQ/s72-c/1.jpg
Automotive Magazine
https://autos.dearjulius.com/2020/04/bmws-prewar-inspired-r18-boxer-motorcycle-makes-its-production-debut.html
https://autos.dearjulius.com/
https://autos.dearjulius.com/
https://autos.dearjulius.com/2020/04/bmws-prewar-inspired-r18-boxer-motorcycle-makes-its-production-debut.html
true
4496798213775430733
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy