BMW R 18: Iconic styling packed with technology

With the R 5 as a source of inspiration, it stands out for its powerful 91 hp engine and for promising a lot of driving pleasure.

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BMW Motorrad enter the segment Cruiser with the new BMW R 18, which borrows technological and visual aspects of famous models such as the BMW R 5 to refocus attention on the essentials of the motorcycle: purist technology without unnecessary frills and the boxer engine as the epicenter of driving pleasure.

The centerpiece of the new BMW R 18 is a new 2-cylinder boxer engine: the Big Boxer. It has a displacement of 1.802cc and a maximum power is CV 91 a 4.750 rpm. At speeds between 2.000 and 4.000 rpm, torque in excess of 150 Nm is always available, and this elemental pulling force is combined with a resounding, resonant sound.

BMW R 18The centerpiece of the new R 18's suspension is a double loop tubular steel frame. Its design continues the long tradition of BMW Motorrad in this type of frame. Outstanding build quality and meticulous attention to detail are also evident in non-apparent features such as welded joints between steel tubes and castings or forgings. Like the legendary BMW R 5, the rear swingarm, showing a comparable design, surrounds the rear axle drive in authentic style using bolt connections.

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

BMW R 18As in the legendary BMW R 5, the telescopic fork tubes are lined with sleeves. The diameter of the fork tube is 49mm, while the suspension travel is 120mm at the front and 90mm at the rear. The new brake system The BMW R 18 consists of a double disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear along with four-piston fixed calipers. For their part, wire spoke rims guarantee an extremely elegant appearance.

In keeping with the BMW Motorrad philosophy, the new BMW R 18 features a rear position of footrests, which is known as "center mounted stirrups". This classic position behind the cylinders is not only typical for BMW, but also allows for a relaxed and active posture for optimal vehicle control.

The new R 18 also offers the three driving modes: standard Rain, Roll and Rock, something unusual in this segment, to be able to adapt to the individual preferences of the pilot.

BMW R 18Standard equipment includes ASC (Traction control, can be switched off), which guarantees a high level of safety while driving. In addition, it is equipped as standard with torque control motor drag (MSR). Among other options, the reverse assistant makes maneuvering easier, while the Ramp Start Control feature makes starting uphill easy.

The new R 18 will be offered worldwide as a R 18 First Edition Exclusive since its launch, with a standard model reserved for certain markets. It combines the look of the R 18 with exclusive equipment in a classic black finish with white stripes. Other details include numerous chrome surfaces, a badge on the seat and a chrome “First Edition” trim on the side covers.

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS.

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