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BMW livestreams debut of R 18 production model

Friday, April 3, 2020   (4 Comments)
Posted by: Wes Fleming #87301

On Thursday, 3 April 2020 at 2 PM Eastern, BMW Motorrad finally gave us the hard look at the R 18 we've all wanted.

Details were scant, with BMW Motorrad head Markus Schramm giving nothing more than HP and torque info we already knew - comparable with heavy cruisers from Harley-Davidson and Indian. No surprise there.

What we learned that wasn't clearly stated is the R 18 will have modular capabilities not unlike the popular R nineT.  We got to see two standard-looking 18s, one of which was referred to as the "Pure" version, giving some credence to the bolt-on approach used with the 9T.  We also see a bobber version with a modified rear end and what may be a wider rear tire, and a version with ape-hanger handlebars.

Yeah. Ape hangers. On a BMW. A BMW MOTORCYCLE!

Other than saying the R 18 will be available in the "second half" of 2020, no showroom details or price were mentioned.

Here are some more screen captures from the streaming event.

Comments...

Peter T. Lizdas says...
Posted Sunday, April 12, 2020
Just looking at photo of the new R18 side-by-side with the 1936 R5 that was its primary design inspiration. Pity they couldn't have made a bike that looks a lot more like R5, which was, IMHO, a truly beautiful design. The new bike looks ponderous & bloated by comparison (IMHO, again, of course). But the great increase in overall mass is inevitable, given the increase in engine displacement.
Peter T. Lizdas says...
Posted Sunday, April 12, 2020
Just looking at photo of the new R18 side-by-side with the 1936 R5 that was its primary design inspiration. Pity they couldn't have made a bike that looks a lot more like R5, which was, IMHO, a truly beautiful design. The new bike looks ponderous & bloated by comparison (IMHO, again, of course). But the great increase in overall mass is inevitable, given the increase in engine displacement.
Peter T. Lizdas says...
Posted Saturday, April 11, 2020
Re: the new R18 series bikes- glad to see they didn't go with typical cruiser "feet forward" rider position (even if one of the variants does have ape hangers). This allows for a little more aggressive riding than does your typical cruiser Barcalounger set-up (more neutral, can weight the pegs without pulling on the handlebars, etc.).
Steve Forst says...
Posted Friday, April 3, 2020
The R18 Pure - mount a windshield and hang some shapely Enduro vintage style bags on it and I could definitely do some riding around. Dover White would be nice.

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