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2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

BMW Unleashes R nineT and R 18 100 Years Heritage Editions


Max Friz came up with the design for BMW’s first motorcycle in 1922. A year later, the R32 was on the production line and soon after hit the road with its air-cooled 494cc boxer engine. Compared to today’s models, it was pretty straightforward – the bike was built around the opposed twin-cylinder engine with a manual gearbox bolted directly to it with a shaft-drive powertrain. A century later, BMW Motorrad is looking back on the original with two special edition models. Both the R nineT 100 years roadster and the R 18 100 years cruiser come from the Heritage group, and both come with a special-edition trim, details, and parts.

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2023 BMW R nineT Heritage Edition | IMage: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R nineT Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

The heritage look of the bikes includes a healthy application of chromium, which was common on motorcycles in the 1920s. BMW also took the time to recreate the painted chrome surfaces – not an easy process to complete as it takes multiple layers to do. Nevertheless, the tanks of both bikes received this treatment. BMW also used Option 719 parts throughout the build to make these bikes even more limited edition.

The R nineT 100 Years is powered by an air/oil cooled 1,170cc two-cylinder boxer engine that has an output of 109 horsepower. The bike also comes with a black and chrome tank with white dual-lining and knee pads. You also get adaptive headlights, and if you choose the comfort package, the bike will come with heated grips, cruise control, and Driving Modes Pro.

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

The R 18 100 Years features a 1,802 cc air-oil cooled two-cylinder four stroke boxer that has 91 horsepower. The cruiser also offers plenty of white accents, a diamond-cut two-shaded saddle in black and oxblood, and chrome on every part you can imagine. It also offers features like adaptive headlights, reverse aid, cruise control, and heated grips along with an anti-theft alarm system, pillion package, running boards, a lockable fuel filler cap, and Hill Start Control.

Suggested retail in the US is USD$18,900 for the R18 and USD$19,995 for the R nineT. Even at that price, though, the bikes will go fast, especially considering the fact BMW is limiting production to just 1,923 examples per model.

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2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R 18 Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R nineT Heritage Edition | IMage: BMW Motorrad

2023 BMW R nineT Heritage Edition | Image: BMW Motorrad