the R 18 is purist in style, the R 18 Classic features a large windscreen,
passenger seat, saddle bags, LED additional headlights and 16-inch front wheel.
It features the largest displacement boxer engine ever built by BMW.
all-new BMW R 18 Classic is BMW Motorrad’s interpretation of a cruiser that
continues in the brand’s tradition and confidently exhibits the style of the
times gone by. Its purity of functional and stylish design elements such as the
double cradle frame, the tear drop tank, the exposed driveshaft and the
paintwork with finely drawn double pinstripes are reminiscent of the legendary
boxer from 1936. The classically designed circular instrument with integrated
display is enclosed in a metal housing with decorative chrome ring.
‘BERLIN BUILT’ inscription on the face reinforces the bike’s origin. The
state-of-the-art LED headlights ensure superior visibility on all roads. The
sickle shaped graphical LED daytime running light further enhances the hallmark
BMW Motorrad heritage face. Starting
from the steering head, the central frame tube and swingarm top frame tubes
visually form a continuous line that functions as a central design feature. In
combination with the swingarm down tubes, which are also aligned with the frame
down tubes, this gives the R 18 Classic a distinctly flat, elongated and
BMW Motorrad ergonomic triangle consisting of distance to handlebar–seat and the
‘mid-mounted foot peg’ position is traditionally the key factor that offers an
active and upright seating position.
centerpiece of the all-new BMW R 18 Classic is a newly developed air/oil cooled
two-cylinder boxer engine – the most powerful boxer in series production by
BMW. The massive 1,802 cc engine resulting from a 107.1 mm bore and 100 mm
stroke, produces an output of 91 hp at 4,750 rpm. The maximum torque of 158 Nm
is already available at 3,000 rpm, with more than 150 Nm available at any time from
2,000 – 4,000 rpm. This elemental pulling power is combined with a full,
single-disc dry clutch transmits the torque to the transmission. For the first
time, it is designed as a self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, thereby
eliminating unwanted rear wheel hop. The constant mesh 6-speed transmission is
in a dual-section aluminum housing and is designed as a 4-shaft transmission
with helical gear pairs. The gearbox input shaft with lug dampers drives the
two gearbox shafts with the gear wheel pairs via a countershaft. A reverse gear
is available as an optional extra.
terms of the suspension, the all-new BMW R 18 Classic sports a double loop
steel tube frame. The rear swing arm surrounds the rear axle transmission in
authentic style. The suspension elements
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 better
suspension comfort. The braking system consists of a twin disc brake at the
front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed
in its segment, the all-new BMW R 18 Classic offers three standard riding modes
– ‘Rain’, ‘Roll’ and ‘Rock’ to suit individual rider preferences. In ‘Rain’
mode, throttle response is gentler and riding dynamics allow a high safety over
slippery road surface. In ‘Roll’ mode, the engine offers optimum throttle
response while riding dynamics achieve ideal performance on all roads. ‘Rock’
mode allows riders to tap into the full dynamic potential - throttle response
is very spontaneous and direct, while Automatic Stability Control allows a
little more slip.
all-new BMW R 18 Classic boasts a list of important standard features. The
disengageable traction control Automatic Stability Control provides perfect
control, whether the road is dry or wet. Dynamic Engine Brake Control
electronically prevents the sliding of rear wheel by sudden closure of throttle
or back spacing. Hill Start Control makes starting off on a hill particularly
easy. Keyless Ride system replaces the conventional ignition steering lock. The
bike also offers Electronic Cruise Control as standard.
all-new BMW R 18 Classic brake system is equipped with the well-established BMW
Motorrad Integral ABS (partially integral) that adapts the distribution of
brake force between the front and rear brakes to the dynamic wheel load
distribution and the load state. In addition, the dynamic brake light signals
function warns following traffic in two stages when the brakes are applied
sharply and in the event of an emergency brake manoeuvre.
Motorrad has also collaborated with renowned international brands to further
add to the diverse range of accessories and customization. Created in
collaboration with Roland Sands Design, two different design collections of
milled aluminium parts are available – ‘Machined’ and ‘2-Tone-Black’. In
cooperation with Mustang Seats, high-quality, hand-made seats are offered in
different variants for a variety of purposes. Developed in cooperation with
Vance & Hines, a custom exhaust system is available in chrome or with a
scratch-resistant black ceramic coating.