A slew of new models were always going to spin out of the new Big Boxer engine after the debut of the R 18. The first addition to the range broke cover overnight and it is, predictably, a bagger.
The new BMW R 18 Classic is essentially a touring version of the R 18 complete with a large windscreen, passenger seat, saddle bags, additional LED headlights and 16-inch front wheel. It will arrive in Australia during the first quarter of 2021.
The highlights of the new BMW R 18 Classic
Saddle bags (removable).
Passenger seat (removable).
Additional LED headlight.
16-inch front wheel.
Electronic Cruise Control as standard.
The centrepiece of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 is the new 1802 cc two-cylinder ‘Big Boxer’ engine. Both its dominating appearance and technology reflect a continuation of the traditional air-cooled boxer engines. From 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, over 150 Nm of torque is available at all times while peak power is 91 horsepower at 4750 rpm.
The centrepiece of the suspension in the new R 18 Classic is a double-loop steel tube frame. Its design perpetuates the longstanding BMW Motorrad tradition of this frame type.
The suspension elements of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 deliberately dispense with electronic adjustment options. Instead, a telescopic fork and a directly mounted shock with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload looks after suspension duties.
Fork tube diameter is 49 mm, while the suspension travel is 120 mm at the front and 90 mm at the rear.
The new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 are stopped by a twin disc front end and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers.
The new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 feature mid-mount pegs.
Three standard riding modes “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” adapt to individual rider preferences and conditions.
Standard trim also includes ASC (Automatic Stability Control, disengageable) and engine drag torque control (MSR).
Among other options, a reverse assist makes manoeuvring convenient, while the Hill Start Control function facilitates uphill starts.
The new R 18 will be offered worldwide as an exclusive R 18 Classic First Edition and R 18 First Edition right from launch, with a standard model reserved additionally for certain markets. It combines the R 18 look with exclusive equipment features in a classic black finish with white double-lined paintwork. Other highlights include numerous chrome surfaces, a seat badge and a “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side covers.
Common highlights of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18
Iconic style blending modern technology with authentic materials.
Biggest ever BMW boxer engine with a capacity of 1802 cc.
Output 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750 rpm, maximum torque 158 Nm at 3 000 rpm.
More than 150 Nm available at all times from 2 000 to 4 000 rpm.
Open-running universal-shaft drive based on the classic role model.
Elaborately crafted double-loop steel tube frame.
Rear swinging arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.
Telescopic fork with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut featuring travel-dependent damping.
Harmonious ergonomics for relaxed riding and optimum control.
Disc brakes and front and rear, with wire-spoked wheels.
State-of-the-art LED lighting technology, classically interpreted.
Adaptive turning light for even better illumination of the road when cornering as an ex works option.
Classically designed circular instrument with integrated display.
Keyless Ride for convenient function activation by remote control.
Two standard riding modes, ASC and MSR.
Reverse assist for convenient manoeuvring and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts as ex works options.
The R 18 First Edition: exclusive look in paint and chrome.
Extensive range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories as well as a cool Ride & Style Collection.