BMW Motorrad has finally launched the new 2020 BMW R18 Cruiser Motorcycle in India. The BMW R18 was first seen at the EICMA 2019 in its design avatar. The BMW R18 production-spec motorcycle was disclosed earlier this year.
Finally, BMW Motorrad has launched the new BMW R18 Cruiser in India at the starting price of Rs. 18.90 lakhs, ex-showroom pan-India.
The new BMW R18 stands out in the design department. It looks absolutely humongous and gorgeous. Talking about the design of this motorcycle, so the new BMW R18 gets styling inspiration from the classic BMW R5.
It has the genes of the classic and retro BMW R5 roadster which was built by the Germans around eighty years ago. This Cruiser has a retro appeal but it gets modern elements. At the front, it gets a round-shaped all-LED headlamp, the chrome-finished boxer-twin engine has its own charm and at the rear, it gets a fish tail-styled exhaust.
Its purity of functional and stylish design elements such as the double-cradle frame, the teardrop 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 an integrated display is enclosed in a metal housing with a decorative chrome ring. The ‘BERLIN BUILT’ inscription on the face reinforces the bike’s origin. The state-of-the-art LED headlights to ensure superior visibility on all roads.
Superior ergonomics ensure a high level of long-distance comfort and an unadulterated cruiser feeling. The 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.
The centerpiece of the all-new BMW R 18 is a newly developed air/oil cooled two-cylinder boxer engine – the most powerful boxer in series production by BMW. The massive 1802 cc engine resulting from a 107.1 mm bore and 100 mm stroke.
It 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, resonant sound.
A 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.
In terms of the suspension, this cruiser 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 callipers.
It 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.
The all-new BMW R 18 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 maneuver.
The new BMW R18 Cruiser Motorcycle has been launched in India in two variants – Standard and First Edition. The Standard R18 is priced at Rs. 18.90 lakhs while the First Edition model is priced at Rs. 21.90 lakhs, Ex-showroom pan-India. It rivals against the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and the Indian Motorcycle’s Chieftain.
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