BMW Splashes Down into the Cruiser Market with the New R18

After nearly a year of teasers and spy images, the new BMW R18 has finally made its debut. The new bagger is BMW’s initial foray into the cruiser market, and this bike looks to make a pretty big splash.

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NEW BMW R18 handle

The biggest part of that splash would have to be the big engine tucked away in this bike. BMW put together a new engine for the R18, and it’s a monster coming in with a 1,802cc capacity with a 107mm bore and 100mm stroke. It weighs 224.3 pounds on its own, so it’s not a lightweight by any stretch of the imagination. BMW’s earliest boxer engines obviously inspired this new engine as it sports an over-head valve with dual camshaft setup that BMW used in those bikes. The shaft is also equipped with an additional bearing, which helps cut down on excessive vibration that can be caused by having two oversized cylinders. What this setup wins BMW is a power rating of 91 horsepower and 116.5 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed through a constant-mesh six-speed transmission that features an optional reverse gear.

NEW BMW R18 engine

That big engine pushes out the bike’s specs quite a bit, giving it a wheelbase of 1,731mm, or just over 28 inches. The bike weighs a total of 750 pounds, so you’ll definitely see it when it comes down your street. BMW added on plenty of other features as well, including ABS and switchable automatic stability control. It comes with three riding modes—Rain, Roll, and Rock. An electronically controlled anti-slip feature that BMW calls “MSR” helps prevent skids while accelerating or downshifting. Then there are other amenities like heated grips and hill start assist.

NEW BMW R18

BMW also states that the bike has a “laid back” setup for comfort and control, but that also translates into the bike’s aesthetics. This is definitely a cruiser—a bike meant for therapeutic rides. With an amenable price of just $17,495 for the standard model and $19,870 for the “First Edition,” those rides sound even better.

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NEW BMW R18 back view

NEW BMW R18

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