BMW motorrad has unveiled the 2021 R18, an entirely different retro-style cruiser motorcycle from its portfolio. The bike seems to be inspired with R 5 of the ’30s and it nearly looks like a replica at first glance. Equipped with a 1.8 liter horizontally opposed two-cylinder ‘Big Boxer’ engine that and harbors 90 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and approx. 150nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm.
The R 18 replicates almost every design cue with BMW R5. The bike comes with a single front headlight, double-loop steel frame, metal bodywork, chrome exhaust, single-seat, and a pear-drop gas tank to name a few. Some of the distinctive additions are chrome detailing, white pinstripes on black paint, chrome clasp over the side covers and a seat badge.
For comfort, the bike is loaded with a telescopic front fork with 1.9-inch tubes, cantilever suspension strut at the centre and double-sided swingarm with enclosed axle drive at the rear. The bike also equipped with twin disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear and four-piston fixed calipers.
BMW R 18 comes loaded with technology such as keyless ride with remote, reverse assist, LED lights, hill-start control, and adaptive turning lighting. The bike also sports three drive modes (Rain, Roll, and Rock), engine drag torque control and Automatic stability control.
The BMW R 18 aimed solely to take on heavyweight cruisers such as Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle.