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BMW Motorrad Poland Unveils Seven BMW R 18 Customs

Following in the steps of other popular customization projects of the BMW R 18, seven BMW Motorrad sales partners in Poland took their own swing at a new look for the premium cruiser – from an R 18 inspired by a popular American cartoon character to one modeled after the Japanese style of bobber-style motorbikes (and a famous painting from that same country) and everything in between. For more information, read the press release from BMW Motorrad below.


BMW R 18 Liberty

Following similar endeavors in Canada, Italy, and Japan, impressive customizing projects based on the BMW R 18 have now also been created in Poland. BMW Motorrad Poland has unveiled seven equally spectacular and individual creations using the “Big Boxer.”

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BMW ZK Motors – BMW R 18 Black Jack

BMW R 18 Black Jack

Black as night, from crown to sole, the R 18 Black Jack is presented by BMW Motorrad sales partner ZK Motors in Kielce. The customizers not only used black lacquer but also applied black chrome extensively, which gives the R 18 Black Jack a very special high-grade appeal.

BMW R 18 Black Jack

The list of galvanically treated components includes the headlight ring, speedometer surround, engine housing cover, handlebar weights, cylinder head covers, pushrod tubes, intake manifold trims, intake grille, air filter cover, handlebar clamps, wider beach bar handlebars, fuel filler cap, fuel filler trim element, and the hanging rear view mirrors.

BMW R 18 Black Jack

Small 16-inch wheels with big-sized tires give the R 18 Black Jack an elongated, low, and masculine appearance. The thoroughly black look is further enhanced by a matte black sidepipe-style exhaust system and high-grade milled elements. The cylinder head covers and the engine casing cover feature milling trim from Roland Sands Design, and the “Black Jack” emblem on the engine has also been milled from aluminum.

BMW R 18 Black Jack

Other black parts such as hand levers, the front indicator lights, and the indicator and rear lights recessed into the holder of the rear fender round off the harmonious design. The quilted single seat, tinted headlight lens, and the license plate holder on the left also blend in with style. Two Black Jack cards on the rear fender are the icing on the cake.

Related Story: 2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental | Road Test Review

BMW Dobrzanski Team Customs – BMW R 18 Isle of Man

BMW R 18 Isle of Man

The famous Isle of Man, where the Tourist Trophy has been held since 1907 and where Georg “Schorsch” Meier won the Senior TT for BMW in 1939, inspired BMW Motorrad sales partner Dobrzanski Team Customs in Kraków to create the sporty BMW R 18 Isle of Man.

BMW R 18 Isle of Man

The design of the BMW R 18 Isle of Man evolved from the heritage of Georg Meier’s victorious BMW factory racing machine, the BMW RS 255 Kompressor. Adorned with “Schorsch” Meier’s starting number 49, this motorcycle ties in with the tradition of road racing and represents the history of the Isle of Man as a special place for motorcyclists and for the history of BMW Motorrad.

BMW R 18 Isle of Man
BMW R 18 Isle of Man

The “Isle of Man green metallic” paint finish, familiar from the BMW M4, defines the bike’s dynamic look and emphasizes the love of speed and the affiliation to the world of exceptional BMW vehicles.

Liberty Motors Piaseczno – BMW R 18 Liberty

BMW R 18 Liberty

Nine Hills Motorcycles in Chełmno is a renowned tradition-steeped Polish company, led by a true enthusiast: Paweł Stachura. His designs are recognized all over the world, and the motorbikes have already triumphed on the world’s best custom stages. As a partner of Liberty Motors Piaseczno, this commissioned project based on the BMW R 18 called Liberty includes handmade body components designed from scratch, such as the fuel tank, front and rear fenders, the seat bench, lamp trim with small LED headlight, and the handlebar.

BMW R 18 Liberty

Special features include the round instrumentation integrated into the tank center tunnel, tank filler necks that are flush with the tank surface and can be opened under pressure, and exclusive leather components that are also handmade, including the seat upholstery and side pocket. The chassis has a lowered and fully adjustable rear suspension, a slightly lowered fork, and three-piece wheels from Rick’s Motorcycles, sized 8 x 18 inches at the rear and 3.5 x 21 inches at the front with 240/40-18 and 130/60-21 tires respectively.

BMW R 18 Liberty

Numerous CNC-milled parts such as cylinder head covers or the specially designed oil cooler, as well as brake calipers and footrests from Beringer, tastefully complement the R 18 Liberty, which is elaborately painted featuring airbrush work. A short black FCR exhaust system rounds off the stylish look.

BMW R 18 Liberty

Related Story: 2021 BMW R 18 Classic | Tour Test Review

BMW Inchape Wrocêaw – BMW R 18 Roadster

BMW R 18 Roadster

BMW and MINI sales partner Inchcape Wrocêaw in Wroclaw took its inspiration for designing the BMW R 18 Roadster entirely from 1920s and 1930s automotive engineering. The focus was on clear and straightforward lines and, together with a dash of Art Deco, ultimately led to a very clean and equally unique look for the R 18 Roadster.

BMW R 18 Roadster

A completely newly developed hump seat bench with additional fuel tank and “Monza Cap” filler neck helps give the rear end of the R 18 Roadster a very sporty appearance, which is complemented at the front by matching cockpit trim and special handlebars.

BMW R 18 Roadster

The longitudinal beading in the hump seat bench and fairing are style-defining design elements of this bike. This design language is taken up in the openwork trim elements on the sides of the tank and on the aerodynamically designed front fender, the front of which features the legendary BMW kidney grille hearkening back to BMW automotive construction.

BMW Smorawiński – BMW R 18 Roar

BMW R 18 Roar

BMW sales partner Smorawiński in Poznań had the 2019 R 18 Concept study entirely in mind when creating his R 18 Roar.

In particular, the Smorawiński team focused on a very light-looking rear section. Harmoniously designed details such as the short rear fender and the swinging saddle with two coil springs make the bike look particularly light. The extremely short, “silencerless” exhaust system in sidepipe style not only generates great sound but also adds to the light look of the rear section.

BMW R 18 Roar

Together with wire-spoke wheels and chrome brake calipers, the result is a very purist R 18 that conveys a purist motorcycle feel. Roar!

BMW Inchcape Poznań – BMW R 18 Speedy Gonzales

BMW R 18 Speedy Gonzales

BMW sales partner Inchcape in Swadzim chose the fastest mouse in Mexico as the namesake for its BMW R 18 customizing creation. Voilà, the BMW R 18 Speedy Gonzales. You can well imagine this customized BMW R 18 on the highway in the northern Mexican desert, riding past huge cacti and nothing but a seemingly endless ribbon of asphalt ahead – similar to the adventures of the TV cartoon mouse.

BMW R 18 Speedy Gonzales
BMW R 18 Speedy Gonzales

Indeed, the BMW R 18 Speedy Gonzales with an apehanger handlebar and comfortable single seat seems made for riding along never-ending asphalt roads. Inspired by automobile construction of the 1920s and 1930s, the front and rear fenders are powerful and curved. This design feature, together with the tank, side covers, headlamp cover, instrument housing, and long fishtail rear silencers, give the bike great presence. Not to mention its extraordinary paint finish – executed in blue-black with elaborate airbrush technique and filigree lines.

BMW R 18 Speedy Gonzales

This bike is characterized by absolutely perfect craftsmanship and is a real eye-catcher and feast for the eyes!

BMW Team Długołęka – BMW R 18 The Great Wave

BMW R 18 The Great Wave

Together with UNIKAT Motorworks, BMW sales partner Team Długołęka initiated the BMW R 18 The Great Wave. The leitmotif here was to modify the BMW R 18 taking inspiration from Japanese art painting and the Japanese style of bobber-style motorbikes.

The bike’s patinized paintwork makes you think that the R 18 The Great Wave has been around for decades and has just been found in a barn. This special paintwork technique was entrusted to the best artist in Poland: Łukasz Elbalenko. The theme of the Great Wave in Kanagawa was chosen because it is one of the most famous works of art from Japan by Hokusia, created around 1831.

BMW R 18 The Great Wave

The Japanese bobber style features details such as the rear ducktail fender and the shortened frame rear section with a single seat covered in natural brown leather. Sonorous sound is generated by short, handmade silencers with slotted copper-colored end pieces and hexagonal cross-section. You will also find the exclusive copper coating on the shaft drive, brake calipers and cylinder head covers.

BMW R 18 The Great Wave

Finally, classic Shinko tires with a very large cross-section and grooved tread give the R 18 The Great Wave a particularly masculine look. A flat drag bar handlebar with genuine leather grips and personalized emblems on the engine round out the well-balanced look of the R 18 The Great Wave.

BMW R 18 The Great Wave

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2021 BMW R 18 Classic | Tour Test Review

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
The 2021 BMW R 18 Classic’s Big Boxer engine has a loping rhythm and produces plenty of low-end torque. Photos by Kevin Wing.

The hills are green! Time to up the saddlebags on the BMW R 18 Classic and hit the road.

California has two seasons – green and brown. Green is short, typically lasting only a couple months after winter rains. Come springtime, the rain stops, and the grass and wildflowers enjoy a brief moment of glory before they wither and lose their color. Brown is dry, dusty, and interminable, usually lasting from spring until after the new year. Brown is also the season of wildfires, which have become more intense and widespread in recent years.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
Winding along Santa Rosa Creek Road, a delightfully neglected backroad on California’s Central Coast, on the 2021 BMW R 18 Classic.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that the American West’s megadrought – now in its 22nd year – is the driest in 1,200 years. The last time it was this dry was in the early Middle Ages, only a few hundred years after the fall of the Roman Empire. Here in California, the only appreciable amount of precipitation within the past year fell in December, after which the spigot simply turned off. Warm, dry conditions in January and February encouraged green shoots of grass to emerge and wildflowers to bloom earlier than usual.

After eight or nine months of brown, it’s uplifting to see hillsides and fields carpeted with bright green vegetation. Last year was so dry that nothing turned green, so the brown season lasted for the better part of two years. When the green season arrived last year, I knew I had to take advantage of it.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
The Classic replaces the R 18’s 19-inch front wheel with a 16-incher, and its exhausts are a more conventional shape.

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Points North

Since its debut in late 2020, BMW’s R 18 lineup has grown to include four models: the R 18 cruiser; the R 18 Classic, which adds a windshield, saddlebags, a passenger seat, cruise control, and driving lights; the R 18 B bagger, which has a handlebar-mounted fairing and hard saddlebags; and the R 18 Transcontinental full-dress tourer. The Classic is the only model we haven’t tested, and it was the perfect choice for a leisurely cruise north through the green hills of California’s Central Coast.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
Santa Barbara County’s San Rafael Mountains were dusted with snow, and the grapevines in the Santa Ynez Valley were still bare.

Getting into and loading/unloading the Classic’s 15.5-liter saddlebags is easy thanks to quick-release buckles for the straps and form-fitting drop-in liners, which are open-top tote bags with carry-handles as well as snaps to secure them inside the saddlebags. For those who sometimes prefer a minimalist look, the saddlebags, small passenger seat, and windshield are removeable.

The day before my ride, an erratic winter storm dusted the mountains with snow but brought no rain. On the morning of my departure, it was a frosty 39 degrees, so I dressed in multiple layers and switched the Classic’s heated grips to high. With photographer Kevin Wing in my rearview mirrors aboard our Yamaha Tracer 9 GT long-term test bike, we cruised north on U.S. Route 101 along the coast from Ventura to Santa Barbara. The Classic’s small windshield parts the air smoothly around the rider’s head and torso, but the rider’s hands and lower body remain exposed.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
Taking a break at Cold Spring Tavern, an old stagecoach shop.

Rush-hour traffic compounded by highway construction motivated us to turn inland and try our luck on State Route 192 through well-to-do residential areas nestled in the foothills of the coast-facing Santa Ynez Mountains. We finally escaped the soccer moms and work trucks on State Route 154, a scenic byway that follows an old stagecoach route up and over San Marcos Pass. We took a break to warm up at Cold Spring Tavern, a former stagecoach relay station that dates back to 1865. Though too early for lunch, it’s a favorite spot for delicious tri-tip sandwiches, chili, and other fare. The rustic stone tavern holds special memories for me. Kevin and I ate there before my very first photo shoot – on a Buell XB12XT – back in 2008.

Strong as an Oak

After crossing the Santa Ynez Valley, we reconnected with U.S. 101 and continued north, riding through the rolling hills of Santa Barbara County’s wine country. The grapevines were still bare, but grass grew between the evenly spaced rows – sometimes kept in check by grazing sheep – and gnarled California oaks stood like giant sentries.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
The Classic’s saddlebags, passenger seat, and windshield can be removed for a stripped-down look.

All R 18 models are built on BMW’s Big Boxer platform, with an air-cooled 1,802cc opposed flat-Twin mounted within a tubular-steel double-cradle frame. When we tested the standard R 18, it sent 80 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s dyno, with all that grunt working through a 6-speed transmission mated to a single-plate dry slipper clutch and shaft final drive. Like many heavyweight cruisers, the clutch requires a firm pull (both levers are adjustable for reach). My boot didn’t easily fit under the shift lever, so for upshifts I used the heel shifter.

Throttle-by-wire enables three ride modes – Rock, Roll, and Rain – that alter throttle response, idle character, engine-drag torque control, and traction-control intervention. As the mode names imply, Rock offers more assertive throttle response and a lumpier feel at idle, whereas Roll is more relaxed, and Rain dials things back even further for sketchy conditions.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
Behind the windshield is a single, round gauge in a chrome bezel. The analog speedometer surrounds indicator lights and a multifunction LCD display, but fuel level and ambient temperature are not provided.

The R 18 Classic is a long machine, stretching 68 inches between the axles. Add in lazy rake and long trail figures, and the result is a motorcycle that’s happier on straight roads than tight curves. The wide pullback handlebar provides plenty of steering leverage, and the Classic is stable and obedient, but limited cornering clearance and a rear shock with 3.5 inches of firmly damped travel necessitate a modest pace on backroads. Broken, patched, and potholed pavement can be jarring.

After warming up with hot coffee and stuffing ourselves with giant burritos at a Mexican restaurant off State Route 1 near Morro Bay, we wound along Old Creek Road, passing Whale Rock Reservoir and groves of avocado trees before climbing out of a tight canyon and riding through ranchland. Crossing State Route 41, the narrow byway becomes Santa Rosa Creek Road, a narrow, neglected 16-mile stretch of pavement that’s perfect for a BMW GS but a rough ride on the Classic. The road cuts through more ranchland and follows its namesake creek toward the coast.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
After a cold night in Cambria, the BMW’s seat was covered in frost. With the seat’s firm padding and not much room to move around, I was ready for a break after about an hour.

We spent the night in Cambria, a charming seaside village that’s one of the last places to find food or lodging before riding Route 1 north to Big Sur. Our home for the night was the Bluebird Inn, which for many years was a gathering place for Rider staffers and contributors during the annual summer pilgrimage up to Laguna Seca for the Superbike races. Back then, the Bluebird was owned by the Cooper family, and they’d provide a cooler of beer and snacks for our motley crew. We’d share laughs and stories on the Bluebird’s shaded patio before walking to dinner. The Coopers retired a few years ago, but the family that bought the place has retained the motel’s cozy vibe and friendly atmosphere.

Don’t Feed the Elephant Seals

Kevin and I woke up dark and early to find the seats of our bikes covered in frost. There was no coffee in our rooms, and nothing in Cambria opened until 7 a.m., so we grumbled as we quietly started the bikes and rode north to a parking area right on the coast for some sunrise photos. As we polished the BMW’s chrome and positioned the bike just so, we heard the distinctive barking and fart-like noises of elephant seals.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
Elephant seals rest on a haul-out beach near San Simeon.

We walked a few yards to a small bluff to find a pair of juvenile male seals fighting each other on the beach. With no females nearby, this was merely practice for when the males got older and would need to fight full-grown alpha males – which can be up to 16 feet long and weigh 5,000 lbs – to compete for mates.

A little further north, within sight of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse, is a dedicated parking area and elevated boardwalk where visitors can view an elephant seal haul-out area. A population of 25,000 elephant seals gathers at various times of the year along an eight-mile stretch of coast. Pups are born in December and January, and in the early months of the year you can see enormous alphas protecting their harem and exhausted mothers feeding their black-furred pups. The adults go months without food or water while on land during breeding season, so mostly they just lie about like giant sausages on the beach.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
The Classic has LED driving lights, and the Premium Package includes an adaptive turning light that adjusts for lean angle.

Backroads & Byways

California Route 1 is world famous, and for good reason. It hugs the rugged coast for hundreds of miles, and the section from San Simeon up to Big Sur and Monterey is as beautiful and challenging as roads get. But in the shadows of well-known scenic roads are hidden gems like Santa Rosa Creek Road.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
“Now where did I put that bag of Cow Chow?” The 15.5-liter saddlebags include handy tote-bag liners.

GEAR UP
Helmet: Schuberth C4 Pro Modular
Jacket: Scorpion Morpheus
Gloves: Alpinestars Patron Gore-Tex
Pants: Scorpion Covert Pro Jeans
Boots: Umberto Luce Crimson Boots

As we headed south, past the iconic Morro Rock, we left Route 1 and took South Bay Boulevard past the marshy Morro Bay Estuary, and then Turri Road along Los Osos Creek and through rolling ranchland. My favorite road in the area, which I discovered just a few years ago, is Prefumo Canyon Road. It climbs up and over the northern side of the coastal range, briefly turns to hard-packed dirt as it winds through a tunnel of trees, and then becomes See Canyon Road, which twists its way among apple farms and vineyards. It ends at San Luis Bay Road, which soon connects to Avila Beach Road for a short ride to Port San Luis, where an old wooden pier juts into San Luis Obispo Bay.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
Jutting into the north side of San Luis Obispo Bay, the 1,320-foot-long Harford Pier was first built in the late 1800s. It’s home to several restaurants, fish markets, and fishing charters.

This ride was about visiting old favorite backroads and byways, and refamiliarizing ourselves with newer ones. You can find our route on REVER in the Rider Magazine Community. Download the free app or visit rever.co.

Chrome & Pinstripes

Our 2021 R 18 Classic test bike is outfitted with a few extras. It has the First Edition Package ($2,150), which includes Black Storm Metallic paint with white pinstripes and chrome-plated levers, covers, fittings, and calipers. It has the Premium Package ($1,450), which includes BMW’s Adaptive Headlight, Headlight Pro, Reverse Assist, and Hill Start Control. And it has the Select Package ($225), which adds heated grips, a locking fuel filler cap, and an anti-theft alarm.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
California’s Central Coast stretches for 350 miles, from Port Hueneme in the south to Santa Cruz in the north. It’s a motorcyclist’s paradise.

Instrumentation is limited to a single gauge that includes an analog speedometer and an inset LCD, which displays ride mode, gear position, and an info screen that can be scrolled through various functions: tachometer, tripmeters, odometer, voltmeter, fuel economy, average speed, clock, and date. A touring bike in this price range should also provide fuel level and ambient temperature. We averaged 38 mpg from the 4.2-gallon tank, for a range of about 160 miles. The low-fuel light comes on with one gallon remaining.

End of the Road

Two full days in the saddle gave me an appreciation for what the R 18 Classic offers. Its traditional styling, especially the black-and-white-pinstripes First Edition version inspired by BMW’s 1930s-era R 5, fits well within the expectations of many heavyweight cruiser buyers. But with the opposed cylinders of its Big Boxer jutting out to the sides, the R 18 does not conform to the usual V-Twin formula.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic

The engine has the right sound and feel, and it produces plenty of low-end torque, but the cylinders create a barrier that prevents riders from stretching out their legs. On long rides, there’s limited space for changing hip and knee angle. Due to the placement of the heel-toe shifter, brake pedal, and dual exhaust pipes, the small footboards are also somewhat cramped (at least for size-11 boots). The firm seat is supportive, but there isn’t much room to move around.

Beneath the R 18 Classic’s throwback aesthetic is a fully modern motorcycle with ride modes, cruise control, linked ABS, traction control, and other electronic rider aids. The rhythmic lope of its big Twin, especially in Roll mode, encourages a relaxed, unhurried pace, to slow down and appreciate the view. Enjoy the season of green – and the ride – while you can.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic

2021 BMW R 18 Classic Specs

Base Price: $19,495 ($18,995 in 2022)
Price as Tested: $23,320 (First Edition Package, Premium Package, Select Package)
Warranty: 3 yrs., 36,000 miles
Website: bmwmotorcycles.com
ENGINE
Type: Air-/oil-cooled, longitudinal opposed flat-Twin, OHV w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,802cc (110ci)
Bore x Stroke: 107.1 x 100.0mm
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Valve Insp. Interval: 6,000 miles
Fuel Delivery: BMS-O EFI w/ 48mm throttle body
Lubrication System: Wet sump, 4.2 qt cap.
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated single-plate dry slipper clutch
Final Drive: Shaft
CHASSIS
Frame: Tubular-steel double cradle w/ tubular-steel double-sided swingarm
Wheelbase: 68.1 in.
Rake/Trail: 32.7 degrees/5.9 in.
Seat Height: 28.0 in.
Suspension, Front: 49mm telescopic fork, no adj., 4.7 in. travel
Rear: Single cantilever shock, adj. for spring preload, 3.5 in. travel
Brakes, Front: Dual 300mm discs w/ 4-piston opposed calipers & ABS
Rear: Single 300mm disc w/ 4-piston opposed caliper & ABS
Wheels, Front: Spoked, 3.0 x 16 in.
Rear: Spoked, 5.0 x 16 in.
Tires, Front: Tube-type, 130/90-B16
Rear: Tube-type, 180/65-B16
Wet Weight: 805 lbs.
Load Capacity: 430 lbs.
GVWR: 1,235 lbs.
PERFORMANCE
Horsepower: 80 hp @ 4,500 rpm (2021 R 18, rear-wheel dyno)
Torque: 109 lb-ft @ 2,900 rpm (2021 R 18, rear-wheel dyno)
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gals.
Fuel Consumption: 38 mpg
Estimated Range: 160 miles

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BMW Motorrad Canada Unveils R 18 Customs

BMW R 18 custom motorcycles

BMW Motorrad Canada has revealed the results of its first-ever motorcycle customization project. The company has partnered with three talented builders from across Canada and given them each a new BMW R 18 as their canvas.

The selected builders are Jay Donovan from Victoria, British Columbia, Konquer Motorcycles from Kelowna, British Columbia, and Augment Motorworks from Toronto, Ontario.

Read our BMW R 18 Road Test Review

The builders revealed their bikes to BMW Motorrad Canada as well as Roland Stocker, BMW Motorrad Project Manager for the Heritage models. “These projects show how important it is to create bikes that inspire creativity and act as a good base for owners and builders alike,” said Roland Stocker.

BMW R 18 custom

Stocker, who was essentially involved in the development of the R 18, traveled to Canada for the reveal. He was not only impressed by the completed bikes, but also by the builders themselves. “The vision, craftsmanship, and quality of work was very impressive, especially considering how young some of the builders are,” said Stocker. “I was very pleased with the result.”

Due to its classic design and extravagant proportions, the R 18 serves as an ideal base for customization work. The centerpiece of the R 18 is its 1,802cc, 2-cylinder “Big Boxer” engine – the most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine ever used in a production motorcycle.

“We wanted to demonstrate the potential of the R 18 and designed a project to do just that,” said Johann von Balluseck, Director of BMW Motorrad Canada. “We chose builders that would approach this project in different ways in hopes they would give us three very different styles – and that’s exactly what we got.”

The only requirements for the builds were that the custom bikes remain operational and road legal. This summer, the three motorcycles will be included in a national retailer tour, visiting locations all across Canada.

Jay Donovan – R 18 Future Café

BMW R 18 custom motorcycle future cafe

The R 18 Future Café is a study in metal fabrication by artisan motorcycle builder Jay Donovan. Donovan’s design began with a desire to reroute the exhaust up and over the cylinder head and straight back, ending under the seat. A fully redesigned tank and upper section in bare, polished aluminum, and chopped front and rear fenders in contrasting black make for a long and sleek look.

Augment Motorworks – R 18 Tattooed Chopper

BMW R 18 custom motorcycle tattooed chopper

Nick Acosta from Augment Motorworks has applied the classic American chopper style to the big German boxer, which he has nicknamed “El Boxeador.” Fine, tattoo-themed paintwork paired with a sissy bar, a hand-carved headlight mount, mini ape hanger handlebars, a cocktail shaker exhaust, and a custom seat transform the bike into an instant classic with light-hearted touches.

Konquer Motorcycles – R 18 Diamond Custom

BMW R 18 custom motorcycle diamond custom

Rob Thiessen and his team at Konquer Motorcycles have taken the R 18 and created a factory custom dragster. Bronze Metallic paintwork and pinstriping, modified front and rear fenders, a custom seat, and a diamond motif throughout create a low-and-long factory custom look. In addition, gold-painted BMW roundels and an electronically adjustable exhaust help tie the new look together.

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BMW Reveals R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs
The BMW R 18 M is one of two R 18 customs unveiled at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy.

Since introducing its Big Boxer-powered R 18 in 2020, BMW has invited some of the world’s best customizers to put their own spin on Germany’s heavyweight cruiser. At the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy, BMW unveiled the R 18 M and R 18 Aurora customs.

The creativity seen with previous R 18 customs, such as Kingston Custom’s Art Deco-styled “Spirit of Passion,” Roland Sands’ R 18 Dragster, and Shinya Kimura’s post-apocalyptic ‘The Wal,’ has been nothing short of jaw-dropping.

The latest customs are the result of the collaboration between BMW Motorrad Italy and its dealer network. The R 18 M was developed by Italian magazine LowRide and created by American Dreams. Commissioned by BMW Motorrad Roma, the R 18 Aurora was created by Garage 221.

RELATED: 2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental Road Test Review

BMW R 18 M

M is the letter that distinguishes the sport versions of BMW four-wheeled models, and today it also includes motorcycles like the M 1000 RR. The source of inspiration for the BMW R 18 M project by the editorial staff of LowRide is the following: the idea is to give the BMW cruiser a sportier, more streamlined look, avoiding exaggerations while showing respect the R 18’s retro lines.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

“Stability, long wheelbase, and readiness of the 1,800cc Big Boxer instigate lightning starts and deserve, in our opinion, a sporty and retro look,” said Giuseppe Roncen, director of LowRide. “In the R 18 M design, we find suggestions from BMW Motorrad tradition and cues from the four-wheelers: M stands for Motorsport.”

The work has focused on chassis, suspension set-up, bodywork, and accessories, leaving mechanics and electronics unchanged as the natural strengths of the R 18. Lightened and with a different riding position, the BMW R 18 M promises to be even more fun to ride.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

“We remain curious to experience its potential,” continued Roncen. “Significantly lightened, the bike should also be easy to handle due to its riding position, which is more compact and forward loaded, without exaggeration.”

The R 18 M project was made possible by BMW Italia and was born in the wake of the emotions that this bike can give: a fun cruiser, powerful and lively, with a big heart and an infinite torque. LowRide has involved some of the best Italian craftsmen and companies specialized in the sector.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

The realization of the sketches was entrusted to designer Oberdan Bezzi, already a partner of LowRide in the past. He has managed to make it an exciting power cruiser without upsetting the essence of the BMW R 18. American Dreams handled the assembly and coordinated the work. Elaboratorio, specializing in prototyping and modeling, created the headlight shroud, lower cowl, and tailsection.

Carbon Italy handled the head covers, intake ducts, and other carbon fiber details. The short exhaust pipe, designed to make the line more compact and allow greater lean angles, bears the signature of ER Exhaust Revolution. L.R. Leather covered the saddle in leather, while the paintwork was entrusted to Dox Art Factory. Rizoma provided mirrors, grips, and universal indicators for the accessories.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs
BMW R 18 M

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BMW R 18 Aurora

The idea and desire of Garage 221 to create a custom bike based on the BMW R 18 found its origins a while ago, at the presentation of the bike at EICMA 2019. The lines of the new BMW cruiser, innovative and at the same time faithfully traditional, deserved “complementary elements and an even more Heritage spirit, starting from the soft lines of the tank to the characteristic shapes of the boxer,” said Pier Francesco Marchio of Garage 221.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs
BMW R 18 Aurora

The project initially focused on the study of the different sections of the bike, keeping in mind the need to connect the new elements in a unique harmony of lines, taking inspiration from the cruisers of the 1970s, which have always impressed Pier Francesco “for their impressive aesthetic fluidity.” Distinctive elements of the BMW R 18 Aurora are the wraparound fenders and the batwing fairing.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

Modifications that led to the R 18 Aurora stem from Garage 221’s deep knowledge of BMW Motorrad history. The saddle was borrowed in its entirety from a 2005 BMW R 1200 C. The fairing supports are adapted from parts on a 1982 BMW R 100 and a 1991 BMW K 75. Even for the color of the body, a 1983 BMW R 100 RT was used as a reference, customizing the graphics in its shades and intensity. The front and rear fender supports, saddle supports, and license plate holder arms are entirely handmade.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

The exhaust pipes were made in collaboration with Leo Vince, taking particular care of the sound, to make it even more full-bodied and captivating. Their design has been specifically studied to give a very personal and muscular line to the central part of the R 18.

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

The R 18 Aurora’s oil cooler grille gives a classy natural touch, inspired by the grille of BMW’s cars from the 1960s. “It was a lot of hard work,” said Pier Francesco, “but the result is truly stunning. The textured paintwork of the cylinder head covers, the injection housings, the central crankcase and our oil cooler grille make everything look homogeneous, creating a unique effect with the cylinder block and the bevel gear.”

R 18 M and R 18 Aurora Customs

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BMW Invites R 18 Fans to The Great Getaway

BMW Invites R 18 Fans to The Great Getaway

When BMW added the R 18 to its Heritage lineup for 2021, the Bavarian brand finally made headway in the cruiser market. The R 18’s Big Boxer, timeless styling, and back-to-basics attitude immediately gained a dedicated audience. With the platform’s roots firmly planted in the big-bore cruiser segment, BMW invites R 18 fans to The Great Getaway.

Read our 2021 BMW R 18 First Edition Road Test Review

BMW Invites R 18 Fans to The Great Getaway

Partnering with motorcycle tour company Elephant Moto, BMW will host three eight-day guided tours in Costa Rica, Portugal, and the U.S. Each event will welcome a maximum of 12 riders and cover 100-125 miles per day. The manageable group sizes and reasonable ride distances promote a relaxed pace, allowing riders to soak up the scenery.

BMW Invites R 18 Fans to The Great Getaway

Led by Elephant Moto’s BMW-certified tour guides, attendees will rack up the miles on the open road and explore the urban centers. Riders can choose from several models within BMW’s new cruiser family, and with a support vehicle carrying participants’ luggage, the standard R 18 and R 18 Classic provide more than enough comfort for the road trip. Each tour also includes hotel accommodations, premium dining, and a social program for each evening. From rooftop cocktails to live bands, every night promises to be as eventful as the day full of riding.

BMW Invites R 18 Fans to The Great Getaway

The festivities don’t stop there, though. Each event will feature an “Urban Day” where participants get an authentic taste of local fare. From admiring the architecture in Lisbon, Portugal, to visiting handcrafters in San José, Costa Rica, to enjoying a local market in Portland, Oregon, the one-of-a-kind experience will immerse the riders in each city’s culture.

The all-inclusive tours start at €6,950 ($7,900 USD) and include local airport pick up/drop off. The Great Getaway will kickoff in Costa Rica in March 2022. The Portugal event will fall between April-June 2022, followed by the U.S. tour between August-October 2022.

For more information and to book one of the tours, visit thegreatgetaway.net.

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BMW Unveils the R 18 ‘The Wal’ by Shinya Kimura

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The BMW R 18 “The Wal” by Shinya Kimura, the third R 18 custom in BMW’s Soulfuel collaboration series. (Photos courtesy BMW Motorrad)

BMW’s R 18 platform is the German company’s first foray into the large-displacement, traditionally styled cruiser segment. To showcase the platform’s versatility, BMW has partnered with some of the top names in motorcycle customization. The latest R 18 custom is called “The Wal,” and it was designed by well-known Japanese customizer Shinya Kimura and is the third R 18 build in BMW Motorrad’s “Soulfuel” collaboration series.

The first R 18 custom was unveiled in late 2018, when BMW and Japanese builder Custom Works Zon presented an industrial-looking custom called “Departed” at the Mooneyes Show in Yokohama, Japan. Enormous cylinder heads covered in cooling fins jutted out from each side, providing the first look at what would come to be known as the “Big Boxer” engine – a flat opposed Twin that is all buy synonymous with the BMW brand.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

In April 2019, Revival Cycles pulled the covers off The Revival Birdcage at the Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas. The minimalist custom bike, with a delicate-looking “birdcage” frame wrapped around the Big Boxer made the engine look even bigger, and BMW confirmed it would eventually power a production model cruiser.

A month later, at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, BMW presented the BMW Motorrad Concept R18. It was done in-house, and lead designer Bart Janssen Groesbeek drew inspiration from classic BMW models such as the R5, R50 and R60.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

Next, in late 2019, came the Concept R18 /2, a classic cruiser in design, with modern flowing lines, a small headlight cowl, and a slightly bobbed rear fender. It had cast wheels – 19-inch front, 16-inch rear, Brembo brakes, and a gorgeous Candy Apple Red paint job. BMW confirmed that the Big Boxer displaced 1,800cc – by far the largest boxer Twin offered by the company.

BMW finally announced the production R 18 in early 2020, but due to the pandemic we didn’t have a chance to test it until later that year. The standard R 18 cruiser was soon joined by the R 18 Classic, which added a windshield and saddlebags.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

The first R 18 custom in BMW’s “Soulfuel” collaboration series came from Roland Sands Design. Called the R 18 Dragster, a long and low hot rod with open exhausts and a fat drag-racing slick out back. We had a chance to see – and hear! (what?) – the R 18 Dragster at the Americade rally in September.

The second Soulfuel build was announced in January 2021. Called the BMW announced the R 18 “Spirit of Passion,” it was an Art Deco-style custom built by designer German Dirk Oehlerking. It was followed by two new R 18 production models, the R 18 B bagger and the R 18 Transcontinental tourer.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

The third Soulfuel build is Shinya Kimura’s “The Wal.” Known for customizing older motorcycles and the originator of the “Zero Style,” Kimura has recently devoted himself to projects involving modern bikes.

“The basis is the R 18, powered by the latest and greatest engine I have ever worked on,” said Kimura. “It all started with a visit with the BMW Motorrad R 18 development team in Germany. I got to know the unbounded passion and innovative power that prevails at BMW Motorrad.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

“Finally, in February 2021 in California, I rode the standard R 18 for a few hundred kilometers to get to know the character of the bike. Following a whole series of conversations, this eventually led to my personal interpretation of the R 18, in which I applied the entire range of my activities as a customizer.”

Shinya Kimura’s approach to craftsmanship is “hands on” – there are no sketches, drawings, blueprints, or mockups during the building process.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

“I built the R 18 entirely for myself,” he said. “When I rode the production R 18, I thought it might suit my build and riding preferences better if I designed it to be a little more front-facing with a fairing.

“I decided to adopt the frame, wheels, and tires as well as suspension elements and brakes because I didn’t feel the need to change them after I had ridden the bike. I also wanted to be able to ride for long distances with my R 18 while feeling and enjoying the legendary boxer engine.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

“It was very important to me to preserve the two characters of the R 18 as I experienced them when riding. Thanks to its mighty engine, the bike is wild and has almost inexhaustible power on the one hand, yet it is completely good-natured on the other. Just like a whale, hence the German animal name for this R 18, which for me is something like a ‘Sports Endurancer,’” Kimura explains.

“The Wal” has a redesigned fuel tank that is larger than the original, an elongated, rounded seat hump, and a half-shell fairing.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

“I also moved the footrests back about 2 inches to have more flexibility for positioning the legs,” Kimura said. “At the same time, I lowered the handlebars and changed the seat to my liking. The seat cushion was also designed by me and then handmade by Backdrop Leathers in Japan. It all added up to the very natural posture that I like.”

The semi-shell fairing houses two asymmetrically arranged headlights that almost look like eyes and, with a little imagination, give Kimura’s R 18 the appearance of a whale together with a set of teeth underneath. The color scheme and coarsely textured paintwork also match the whale theme.

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

“What I like best about my version of the R 18 is that I was able to change the style and seating position to my liking without destroying the excellent original functionality of the R 18,” Kimura explains. “But drastically changing the seating position and adding my own style and taste was a big challenge in my interpretation of the BMW Heritage. Besides, all these computerized systems and wiring were quite new to me, and I learned a lot.”

BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

Facts about the BMW R 18 “The Wal”:

  • Handlebars: 8 inches narrower, 6 inches lower.
  • Fuel tank: Made longer to move the seating position rearward and gain additional fuel capacity of about 1 gallon for longer trips.
  • Seat pad designed by Kimura himself, handmade by Backdrop Leathers in Japan in bucket style for more bottom support.
  • Seat designed so that it creates a natural flow from the seat cushion and leads to the round rear light.
  • Semi-shell fairing for comfortable handling at high speed.
  • The side covers have been designed in such a way that they do not destroy the look of the original frame.
  • Special paint finish in the form of a bronze powder coating, after the components have previously been hammered to give the surface texture.
  • After Kimura had completed all the bodywork, he decided to keep the classic symbolic shape of the standard exhaust system but painted it black.
BMW R 18 The Wal Shinya Kimura

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2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental | Top 10 Review

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The 2022 BMW R 18 B (shown above) and R 18 Transcontinental are new hard bagger touring models powered by the 1,802cc “Big Boxer.” (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Last year, amid a global pandemic, BMW Motorrad introduced a motorcycle that is a very big deal for the company. With the introduction of the R 18, BMW entered the traditional cruiser segment, a distinctly American category that has long been dominated by Harley-Davidson.

Just as Harley-Davidson is known for V-Twins, BMW is known for horizontally opposed Twins called “boxers.” To compete in the world of heavyweight cruisers, there’s no replacement for displacement. BMW created what it calls the “Big Boxer” that displaces 1,802cc, or 110 cubic inches – much larger than the 1,254cc boxer in most of BMW’s R-series models like the R 1250 RT.

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Left to right: R 18, R 18 Classic, R 18 B, and R 18 Transcontinental (Photo courtesy of BMW Motorrad)

Soon after the standard R 18 came the R 18 Classic, which is equipped with a windshield and semi-soft saddlebags. For 2022, BMW has further expanded the lineup with two touring models, the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental. Both are equipped with a fork-mounted fairing, a full infotainment system, hard saddlebags, and other amenities. The Transcontinental also has a top trunk with an integrated passenger backrest.

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A fleet of BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental test bikes in Denver, Colorado, ready for a first ride. (Photo by the author)

BMW invited Rider to ride both models at their U.S. press launch in Denver, Colorado. And after the one-day press ride, I spent four days riding an R 18 Transcontinental (TC) more than 1,500 miles through five states with my wife as a passenger and the luggage packed full of gear.

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
After leaving Denver and climbing into the Rocky Mountains on I-70, we took U.S. 6 up to Loveland Pass for our first several crossings of the Continental Divide. (Photo by the author)

We’ll have an in-depth road test review soon. Here are our top 10 highlights of the new bikes.

1. They Rock better than they Roll

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
The 1,802cc (110ci) “Big Boxer” is the largest boxer Twin that BMW has ever produced. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

BMW’s “Big Boxer” makes a claimed 91 horsepower and 116 lb-ft of torque at the crank. When we put the R 18 on Jett Tuning’s dyno late last year, its shaft-driven rear wheel spun the heavy drum to the tune of 80 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 109 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 rpm, which is about what you’d expect after accounting for power loss through the drivetrain.

The R 18s have three ride modes – Rock, Roll, and Rain – that alter throttle response, idle character, engine-drag torque control, and traction control intervention. In Rock mode, the R 18s feel lumpy and shake a lot at idle, and their throttle response is direct. But in Roll and Rain mode the bikes feel dull and lifeless, like a middle-aged couple nodding off at an AC/DC concert.

2. Who doesn’t like big jugs?

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
Each 901cc cylinder juts horizontally out from the engine case, which forces the rider’s legs to remain amidships with feet on the footboards. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Ahem. Get your mind out of the gutter. We’re talking about cylinders here. With 901cc jugs sticking out of both sides of the bike, there’s no getting around the size of those things. They are a distinctive styling element, with prominent cooling fins and chrome pushrod tubes.

Even on really hot days – when riding across northern Arizona and southern Nevada, Carrie and I dealt with temps ranging from the high 90s to 113 degrees – the cylinders don’t put out excessive heat felt by the rider and passenger, nor do the exhaust pipes. But they do trap the rider’s legs behind the cylinders, limiting options to stretch out during long stints in the saddle.

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
BMW offers accessory chrome-plated leg rests to the rider can stretch up with legs atop the Big Boxer’s cylinders. (Photo courtesy of BMW Motorrad)

The cylinders are too wide for highway pegs, so BMW offers accessory chrome-plated leg rests so riders can stretch their stems with calves atop the cylinders, as shown in the photo above. The leg rests weren’t available on the press ride or our ride-away. I tried resting my jean-clad legs atop the cylinders, but that lasted about half a second because those big jugs get hot to the touch.  The TC has highway bars in front of the cylinders and my legs are long enough that I was able to put my heels on them and mostly straighten out my knees.

3. Leave the riding to us

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
The radar sensors for BMW’s optional Active Cruise Control are mounted in the front fairing above the headlight. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Thanks to the proliferation of throttle-by-wire, cruise control has become a common feature on all sorts of motorcycles, even sportbikes. It’s especially helpful on long, multi-day rides when even moderate tension in the rider’s arm while maintaining steady throttle can lead to sore wrists and achy shoulders.

On the R 18 B and Transcontinental, BMW takes things a step further with optional Active Cruise Control (ACC). Embedded in their front fairings are radar sensors that scan the lane in front of the bike when cruise control is activated. If a vehicle is detected in front of the bike, the system will automatically reduce speed to maintain a fixed distance (both speed and distance are adjustable). Using inputs from the lean-angle sensors, ACC will also adjust speed to assist with safer cornering.

ACC works really well, and it isn’t affected by vehicles in adjacent lanes. This is one of those features you don’t think you need or want until you use it.

4. My, what a big TFT you have!

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
Above the R 18 B/TC’s 10.25-inch TFT are four analog gauges for fuel level, speed, rpm, and power reserve. The Multi-Controller is the black-and-white knurled wheel on the left grip. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Most premium motorcycles are equipped with TFT (thin film transistor) instrument displays that offer nearly infinite variation for graphics, color, animation, etc. BMW has offered TFTs on some of its models for several years, but none approach the size of the TFT embedded in the fairing on the R 18 B/TC. It measures 10.25 inches on the diagonal, which is at least a couple of inches more than the largest TFT we’ve seen on other bikes. The thing is like a billboard, and its default background is a copper-colored illustration of the Big Boxer.

Using BMW’s proprietary Multi-Controller wheel on the left grip, navigating through menus is a breeze and keeps the number of buttons to a minimum. But, unlike the Indian’s Ride Command system, the hardened, glare-resistant glass screen isn’t touch-enabled.

5. If it’s too loud, you’re too old

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There are two 25-watt Marshall speakers in the front fairing. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

If you’ve seen amps on stages or stood next to huge stacks at a rock concert, then you’re familiar with the cursive script of the Marshall logo. In the movie “Spinal Tap,” there’s even a Marshall amp that goes to 11. BMW partnered with Marshall to create an audio system for the R 18 B and TC, and it rocks.

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
On the R 18 B, the optional Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 adds two 90-watt subwoofers in the saddlebag lids. On the R 18 TC, the Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 adds the saddlebag subwoofers and two more 25-watt speakers in the passenger backrest. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

The standard setup has two 25-watt speakers embedded in the front fairing. The Premium Package on the R 18 B upgrades to the Marshall Gold Series Stage 1, which adds two 90-watt subwoofers in the lids of the top-loading saddlebags (eliminating half a liter of storage capacity) and brings total output up to 230 watts. The Premium-equipped R 18 TC gets the Marshall Gold Series Stage 2, which adds yet another pair of 25-watt speakers to the passenger backrest, for a total of 280 watts.

6. Get out of my way

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
The BMW R 18 Transcontinental’s fairing has a tall fixed windscreen, and adjustable wind deflectors are attached to the bottom edge. There are also larger non-adjustable wind deflectors between the fairing and cylinders. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

To complement the classic lines of the R 18, the fork-mounted fairing has a streamliner shape that tapers at the sides, providing wind protection for the rider’s hands. There’s a single round headlight that uses LEDs for low and high beams, and there’s an optional Adaptive Turning Light that swivels +/- 35 degrees to illuminate the inside of curves during cornering.

The fairing parts the wind smoothly, though airflow over the R 18 B’s short windscreen hits the rider’s helmet while airflow over the R 18 TC’s tall windscreen goes over the rider’s head. During our multi-day ride, my wife said she enjoyed the calm pocket of air and never dealt with helmet buffeting like she has on some touring bikes.

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When we left Montrose, Colorado, at 7:30am, it was 57 degrees. By the time we climbed into the San Juan Mountains on the Million Dollar Highway, the temperature dropped as low as 40 degrees. (Photo by the author)

Neither windscreen offers height adjustment, which is disappointing, especially on such premium machines. The top edge of the TC’s screen was right in my line of sight, which was distracting during back-and-forth cornering in the Rocky Mountains. While the tall screen provided welcome protection from cold wind when temps dropped into the 40s on Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway (U.S. Route 550), I wished I could lower it when the mercury rose into triple digits several hours later in northern Arizona.

7. Galaxy Dust metallic would have made Prince jealous

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The BMW R 18 B in Galaxy Dust metallic / Titanium Silver 2 metallic. (Photo courtesy of BMW Motorrad)

Offering an iridescent paint scheme that changes from purple to blue depending on how the light hits it seems a little out there for BMW. And in the studio photos, it looks garish. But in person Galaxy Dust metallic it looks undeniably cool, and the color variations are more subtle than the photos suggest. The colors are darker, the metal flake really pops in bright sunlight, and the Titanium Silver 2 metallic on the gas tank and fairing adds nice contrast.

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
Unless the Galaxy Dust metallic is in direct sunlight, it looks dark and brooding rather than flashy. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Such a unique, factory-custom paint job doesn’t come cheap. It will set you back $2,400.

If it were possible to make a sequel to “Purple Rain,” an R 18 B in Galaxy Dust metallic / Titanium Silver 2 metallic with a custom his-and-hers seat and sissy bar would be Prince’s motorcycle of choice.

2022 BMW R18 R 18 B R18B Transcontinental Review
During our press ride, we had lunch at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which provided Stephen King with the inspiration to write “The Shining.” (Photo by the author)

8. Two peas in a pod

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The BMW R 18 Transcontinental lives up to its name, with the weather protection, luggage capacity, comfort, and technology for multi-day, two-up touring. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

For long-haul touring motorcycles, rider and passenger comfort is critically important. Carrie and I rode more than 1,500 miles on the R 18 Transcontinental over four days, averaging nearly 400 miles per day. Except for the final day on I-15 through the Mojave Desert, we logged most of our miles on scenic roads full of hairpins, high-mountain passes, and steep grades.

As mentioned above, the cylinders of the Big Boxer limited my ability to move my legs around during long stints in the saddle. But the seat and riding position were comfortable, and the footboards allowed me to move my feet around to adjust the position of my hips and knees.

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Carrie was happy as a clam on the backseat of the R 18 TC. She was all smiles after our first full day on the bike, riding from Denver, Colorado, to Montrose and summiting Loveland Pass (11,990 ft), Hoosier Pass (11,539 ft), and Monarch Pass (11,312 ft), and visiting Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. (Photo by the author)

Carrie’s first-ever ride on a motorcycle was on a Honda Gold Wing back in 2009, and she’s measured every passenger seat and backrest since against that experience. With a low rider seat height of 29.1 inches on the TC and a passenger seat just a few inches higher, Carrie, who has short legs, found it easy to climb on and off the bike, aided in part by the passenger footboards. And once aboard, she found the seat to be all-day, day-after-day comfortable and the wrap-around backrest to be reassuring.

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We crossed the Continental Divide on the Transcontinental three times in one day. (Photo by the author)
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After riding over Colorado’s Monarch Pass on U.S. 50, we visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. (Photo by the author)

9. A place for my stuff

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The top-loading, central-locking saddlebags on the R 18 B/TC hold 27 liters in each side. The trunk on the R 18 TC holds 48 liters. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

As George Carlin once said, “That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff.”

The top-loading saddlebags on the R 18 B and TC offer 27 liters of storage each, or 26.5 liters with the Marshall subwoofers installed in the lids. Styling-wise, the bags look great. Function-wise, they are fairly narrow, which presents some challenges with packing (BMW offers accessory drop-in liner bags that should make the process easier). But they open and close easily, with pop-up levers and central locks. The top trunk on the TC holds 48 liters (47 liters with optional audio), and it is spacious and easy to open/close/latch even when filled to the brim.

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Atop the fuel tank is a water-resistant, fan-cooled compartment with a USB port for a smartphone. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

In the top of the 6.3-gallon fuel tank is a waterproof compartment for a smartphone. There’s a USB socket or charging and connecting the phone to the bike (navigation is provided via the free BMW Connected app). And since smartphones get hot, the compartment is ventilated with an electric fan. But the smartphone compartment does not lock, so riders must remember to take their phones with them when they park their bike. How else would you check Instagram?

10. Heavy is as heavy does

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Before an options or accessories are added, the 2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental has a claimed curb weight of 941 pounds. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Heavyweight cruisers come by that description honestly. The 2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited we tested weighed 895 pounds. The 2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited we tested weighed 922 pounds. The 2022 BMW R 18 B weighs 877 pounds and the R 18 Transcontinental weighs 941 pounds, and that’s before you add the Premium Package and other options/accessories. Part of that major poundage comes from the Big Boxer and its 6-speed gearbox, which weighs 244 pounds – about 35 pounds more than a Honda Grom.

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Though it’s a heavy bike, the BMW R 18 Transcontinental handles well and it has 35 degrees of cornering clearance on both sides. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Greg’s Gear:
Helmet: HJC RPHA 90S
Jacket: Vanson Stormer
Gloves: Highway 21 Trigger
Pants: Fly Racing Resistance Jeans
Boots: Sidi Gavia Gore-Tex

BMW beefed up the R 18 frame to accommodate the added weight of the fairing, saddlebags, and trunk. Total permitted weight is 1,389 pounds, which translates to a load capacity of 512 pounds on the R 18 B and 448 pounds on the R 18 Transcontinental. Compared to the standard R 18, the B and TC also have a shorter wheelbase (66.7 inches, down from 68.1) and sharper rake (27.3 degrees, down from 32.7 degrees) but more trail (7.2 inches, up from 5.9). Even though the B and TC are heavier, they handle better.

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Optional reverse assist is available on the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental. Moving the lever on the left side of the bike above the shifter engages reverse, and it is controlled using the starter button. (Photo by Kevin Wing)

Like most touring bikes, you mostly notice the weight when you lift it off the sidestand or move it around a parking lot or garage. Fortunately, our test bike has the optional reverse gear installed, which helped when moving the bike around on an incline. Out on the road, the heavy bikes trundle along just fine. And when the road gets windy, they handle well within the limits of other heavyweight touring cruisers.

We’ll post our full review soon, so stay tuned!

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2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental in Galaxy Dust metallic / Titanium Silver 2 metallic (Photo courtesy of BMW Motorrad)

2022 BMW R 18 / R 18 Transcontinental Specs

Base Price: $21,945 / $24,995
Price as Tested: $29,065 / $31,695
Website: bmwmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Air/oil-cooled, longitudinal opposed flat Twin, OHV w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 1,802cc (110ci)
Bore x Stroke: 107.1 x 100.0mm
Horsepower: 91 hp @ 4,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Torque: 116 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm (claimed, at the crank)
Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated single-plate dry slipper clutch
Final Drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 66.7 in.
Rake/Trail: 27.3 degrees/7.2 in.
Seat Height: 28.3 in. / 29.1 in.
Wet Weight: 877 lbs. / 941 lbs. (base models)
Fuel Capacity: 6.3 gals.
Fuel Consumption: 42.5 mpg (R 18 Transcontinental, as tested)
Estimated Range: 268 miles (R 18 Transcontinental, as tested)

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2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental | First Look Review

2022 BMW R 18 R18 B Bagger Transcontinental review
The 2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental offer wind protection, luggage, infotainment, and other touring capabilities to the R 18 “Big Boxer” cruiser lineup.

When BMW unveiled the R 18 last year, a cruiser powered by a massive 1,802cc OHV air/oil-cooled 4-valve opposed Twin that’s the largest “boxer” engine the German company has ever produced, it was only a matter of time before touring versions were added to the lineup.

For 2022, BMW has announced the R 18 B “Bagger” and R 18 Transcontinental. Both are equipped with a handlebar-mounted fairing, a passenger seat, and locking hard saddlebags, and the Transcontinental adds a top trunk with an integrated passenger backrest.

Available this month, the 2022 BMW R 18 B has a base price of $21,495 and the 2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental has a base price of $24,995. The standard R 18 and R 18 Classic remain in the lineup.

RELATED: 2021 BMW R 18 First Edition | Road Test Review

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The full lineup of 2022 BMW R 18 models.

The new R 18 B is equipped with a low windshield, a slim seat, and a matte black metallic engine finish. The R 18 Transcontinental has a taller windshield, wind deflectors, driving lights, heated seats, highway bars, and an engine finished in silver metallic.

Seat height is 28.3 inches on the R 18 B and 29.1 inches on the R 18 Transcontinental. Both have mid-mount controls, with footrests on the Bagger and rider and passenger footboards on the Transcontinental. Fuel capacity is a generous 6.3 gallons (up from 4.2 on the standard R 18).

The saddlebags offer 27 liters of storage in each side (26.5 liters with optional audio), and an additional storage compartment with charging for mobile phones is integrated into the fuel tank. The Transcontinental’s trunk holds 48 liters (47 liters with optional audio).

2022 BMW R 18 R18 B Bagger Transcontinental review
The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental both have a handlebar-mounted fairing with an integrated infotainment system.

BMW gave the touring versions of the R 18 a streamliner-style fairing and sculpted saddlebags that complement the lines of the standard bike. Inspired by the 1930s-era R 5, the R 18 has a double-loop frame, a gloss nickel-plated universal driveshaft, classic housing for the rear-axle gearbox, and black paintwork with optional double pinstriping. The “Big Boxer” showcases the overhead pushrod guides on top of the cylinders, while the belt cover and the cylinder head covers echo the legendary R 5 engine’s styling.

As with BMW motorcycles of the past, the fork tubes are clad with a cover extending to the slider tubes in the form of contemporary stainless-steel fork sleeves. Newly designed, rearward-curving side covers blend with the elongated lines, combining with the handlebar-mounted front trim and round mirrors to give the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental a distinctive styling touch.

2022 BMW R 18 R18 B Bagger Transcontinental review
The R 18’s “Big Boxer” flat Twin displaces 1,802cc and makes 80 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel.

The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental have triple-disc brakes with BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS. Standard equipment includes Dynamic Cruise Control, which maintains the preselected speed even when riding downhill and applies the brakes as needed to do so. Optional Active Cruise Control uses radar sensors to maintain distance from the vehicle in front even if speed changes, and it also adjusts speed during cornering.

Both models have full LED lighting, and the Adaptive Turning Light is optional. It uses a swivel function to point the low beam into corners according to banking angle, and it also adjusts according to load and ride height.

Behind the fairing are four analog gauges and a 10.25-inch TFT color display. The gauges include a speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, and a “Power Reserve” instrument adapted from the BMW Group’s Rolls-Royce Motor Cars brand. The TFT display allows a navigation map to be displayed in the instrument cluster via a smartphone and the BMW Motorrad Connected App, thus eliminating the need for any additional displays. The display can also be customized with various tiles such as My Motorcycle, Radio, Navigation, Media, Phone, and Settings. Vehicle functions such as Settings, Navigation, and Communication are operated using the Multicontroller wheel next to the left grip.

2022 BMW R 18 R18 B Bagger Transcontinental review
The R 18 Transcontinental is equipped with a 47-liter top trunk and an integrated passenger backrest.

Other features include:

  • Keyless Ride
  • Riding modes: Rain, Roll, and Rock
  • Automatic Stability Control (switchable)
  • Engine drag torque control (MSR)
  • Hill Start Control
  • Reverse assist (optional)

The new R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental are equipped with a standard sound system developed together with the British manufacturer Marshall featuring two 2-way loudspeakers, each with 25 watts output, integrated into the front fairing, black speaker grills, and white Marshall lettering.

2022 BMW R 18 R18 B Bagger Transcontinental review

Highlights of the audio system include:

  • Equalizer profiles – optimized listening profiles for a perfect audio experience
  • via the helmet: one profile (studio)
  • via loudspeakers: four profiles (bass-boost, treble-boost, voice, balanced)
  • Highly flexible sound architecture design options (treble/bass) with a very broad output spectrum (output range), even at high speeds
  • FM/AM band, HD radio and optional SiriusXM Satellite radio

The optional Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 equips the motorcycles adds a pair of 90-watt subwoofers in the front upper section of the side cases and a 180-watt amplifier.

The Marshall Gold Series Stage 2, available for the R 18 Transcontinental, includes five speakers (two in the fairing, subwoofers in the saddlebags, and a 2-way, 25-watt speaker in the front side section of the passenger backrest) and a 180-watt amplifier.

2022 BMW R 18 R18 B Bagger Transcontinental review
2022 BMW R 18 B

R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental First Editions

At market launch, the new R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental will be available in exclusive First Edition versions in addition to the standard models. These combine the classic R 18 look with equipment in exclusive paint and chrome.

Additional equipment extras include chrome components, Blackstorm metallic paint with elaborate double-pinstripes in Lightwhite echoes the bikes’ historical roots. Other highlights include special surface finishes, an embroidered seat and the inscription “First Edition” on the side cases.

First Edition features include:

  • Wheels in black, contrast milled (R 18 B)
  • Wheels in silver grey, contrast milled (R 18 Transcontinental)
  • Chrome clasps on cases with “First Edition” lettering
  • Chrome-plated handlebar fittings
  • Chrome-plated cylinder head covers and hero chest
  • Chrome-plated intake trim
  • White double pinstriping on fuel tank, fairing and trunks and cases
  • Chrome-plated brake calipers at the front (R 18 Transcontinental only)

Another component is the “First Edition” Welcome Box which is exclusively reserved for buyers of the “First Edition” and contains:

  • Box with picture of the engine on the lid
  • Historic fuel tank emblems (copper-colored lettering)
  • Historic slotted screws (copper-colored)
  • Working gloves
  • Assembly screwdriver (can also be used as a key ring)
  • “R 18 First Edition” cap
  • Leather belt with exclusive “R 18 First Edition” belt buckle
  • Book the history of BMW Motorrad
2022 BMW R 18 R18 B Bagger Transcontinental review
The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental are available in optional Galaxy Dust metallic, an iridescent paint finish that shimmers in the spectrum from violet to turquoise blue, depending on the lighting.

As with all BMW motorcycles, the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental will be available with an extensive range of options and accessories. We’ll get a chance to ride both bikes soon, so stay tuned for our review. To find a BMW Motorrad dealer near you, visit bmwmotorcycles.com.

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BMW Announces 2022 Motorcycle Updates

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2022 BMW R 18

BMW Motorrad USA has released details of the latest updates and changes across the entire model lineup for 2022, and the introduction of the new M 1000 RR. We can expect to see the first examples arriving in US dealerships in the last quarter of 2021. The list includes details on pricing, equipment changes, and paint scheme updates for motorcycles and scooters. Also included are a comprehensive list of available upgrade packages, which have been streamlined and standardized across the range.

2022 BMW C 400 GT Scooter

2022 BMW Motorcycles
2022 BMW C 400 GT

The only scooter in BMW’s 2022 lineup, we took a first look at the C 400 GT back in March. The Euro 5-compliant, 350cc engine delivers a claimed 34 horsepower and 26 lb-ft of torque, transmitted through a Constantly Variable Transmission.

Expected Availability: In dealers now

Base MSRP: $8,495

Equipment Changes: Updates for the 2022 model include an electronic throttle and engine management system, improvements to the catalytic converter, and enhancements to the engine. The ASC (traction control) system has been updated for 2022 and promises a more sensitive response in wet and slippery conditions. Additionally, the brakes have received new calipers with improved piston response and the forward storage compartment now features a 12-volt outlet and a USB charging socket.

Color Schemes: The C 400 GT comes in Alpine White as standard. Callisto Grey Metallic ($150) and Black Storm Metallic ($250) are optional premium alternatives.

2022 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS 

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
The 2022 BMW G 310 R

Rider covered the release of the 2021 G 310 R, which received several updates for that year, as did its sister model the G 310 GS, and changes for the new models are currently limited to color schemes. 

G 310 R

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $5,045

Color Schemes: Cosmic Black 2 replaces Cosmic Black as the standard color, and Kyanite Blue Metallic is now available at a $250 premium.

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
The 2022 BMW G 310 GS

G 310 GS

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $5,954

Color Schemes: Polar White remains the standard paint scheme, but Cosmic Black 2 replaces Cosmic Black as a $250 option.

2022 BMW F 750 GS, F 850 GS, F 850 GS Adventure

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
The 2022 BMW F 750 GS

We road-tested the 2019 BMW F 750 and F 850 GS models when they were released in November 2018. The only changes slated for 2022 are color schemes and new upgrade packages.

F 750 GS

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: TBA

Color Schemes: Light White is carried over as the standard color and Black Storm Metallic now replaces Black Storm as a $350 optional color. San Marino Blue Metallic ($260) is also carried over as an option.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Select Package $1,000
GPS Prep
Cruise Control
Ride Modes Pro
Heated Grips
Dynamic Engine
Brake Control (new)
Luggage Rack (new)

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Premium Upgrade Package $2,400
Select Package contents
LED Style Elements
Gear Shift Assist Pro (new)
Keyless Ride
Dynamic ESA
TPM tire pressure monitor 

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW F 850 GS

F 850 GS

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: TBA

Color Schemes: Racing Red remains the standard color, while New Black Storm Metallic ($350) replaces Black Storm as an optional color along with Rallye Blue ($325), carried over from last year.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Select Package $950
GPS Prep
Cruise Control
Ride Modes Pro
Heated Grips
Dynamic Engine Brake Control (new)
Luggage Rack (new) 

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Premium Package $2,350
Select Package contents
LED Style Elements
Gear Shift Assist Pro (new)
Keyless Ride
Dynamic ESA
TPM tire pressure monitor

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW F 850 GS Adventure

F 850 GS Adventure

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: TBA

Color Schemes: Light White replaces Ice Gray as the standard color, Black Storm Metallic ($325) replaces Black Storm as an optional color. Kalamata Matte Metallic is also still available as a $350 option. 

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Select Package $1,350
GPS Prep
Cruise control
LED fog lights (new)
Ride Modes Pro Heated grips
Aluminum side case holders
Dynamic Engine Brake Control 

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Premium Package $3,100
Select Package contents
LED Style Elements
Gear Shift Assist Pro (new)
Keyless Ride
Dynamic ESA
TPM tire pressure monitor 

2022 BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW F 900 R

Rider Magazine published a road test review of the 2020 F 900 R and F 900 XR, newly released for that year. The R roadster and XR sport-adventure platforms both receive new color schemes and upgrade packages for 2022. 

F 900 R

Expected Availability: Q4 2021 

Base MSRP: $8,995

Color Schemes: Black Storm Metallic remains the standard color, while Bluestone Metallic ($300) replaces San Marino Blue as an optional color, and the classic BMW Racing white, blue and red scheme ($300) replaces Hockenheim Silver and Racing Red as the second option.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Select Package $975
Heated Grips
TPM tire pressure monitor 
Dynamic Traction Control
Gear Shift Assist Pro
Ride Modes Pro
ABS Pro 

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Premium Package $2,500
Select Package contents 
Dynamic ESA 
Headlight Pro 
Adaptive Headlight 
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
Keyless Ride
GPS Prep
Cruise Control
Saddle Bag Mounts

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW F 900 XR

F 900 XR

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $11,695

Color Schemes: Light White is carried over as the standard color for the F 900 XR. Black Storm Metallic ($250) replaces Gelvanic Gold Metallic as an optional color, and Racing Red ($250) remains the second option.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Select Package $950
GPS Prep 
Cruise Control
Heated Grips
Saddle Bag Mounts
Dynamic Traction Control
Ride Modes Pro
ABS Pro 

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Premium Package $2,400
Select Package contents
Dynamic ESA
Keyless Ride 
Center Stand
Headlight Pro
Adaptive Headlight
Gear Shift Assist Pro
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
TPM tire pressure monitor 

2022 BMW R nineT, R nineT Pure, R nineT Scrambler and R nineT Urban G/S

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW R nineT Urban G/S

Updates for the 2021 R nineT models included changes to the engine for Euro 5 compatibility, as well as new LED headlights, improved ABS, and adjustable suspension. Rider published a summary in the October issue last year. Updates for 2022 are limited to available upgrade packages, and color schemes across the R nineT range will remain the same as last year’s model except for the G/S. 

R nineT

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $15,945

Color Schemes: Black Storm Metallic is carried over as the standard color. Optional colors remain the same as last years’s model: Aluminum Matte ($1,000), Night Black / Aluminum Matte ($1,100), and Mineral White Metallic/Aurum ($1,050).

Updated Upgrade Package: Select Package $1,000
Ride Modes Pro
Heated Grips
Cruise Control
Adaptive Headlight
Headlight Pro (new)
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
Dynamic Traction Control 

R nineT Pure

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $10,995 

Color Schemes: Mineral Grey Metallic is carried over as the standard color. Optional colors remain the same as last years’s model: Aluminum, Black Storm Metallic/Racing Red ($590), Cosmic Blue Metallic/Light White ($590) and Teal Blue Metallic Matte ($250).

R nineT Scrambler 

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $13,495

Equipment Changes: New optional off-road tires. 

Color Schemes: Granite Grey Metallic remains the standard color. Optional colors include, Kalamata Metallic ($200), Black Storm Metallic/Racing Red ($590), and Cosmic Blue Metallic/Light White ($590. 

Updated Upgrade Package: Select Package $1,000
Ride Modes Pro
Heated Grips
Cruise Control
Adaptive Headlight
Headlight Pro (new)
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
Dynamic Traction Control

R nineT Urban G/S

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $13,995

Color Schemes: The 40 Years of GS Edition is no longer available and Blue Metallic is the only available color.

Updated Upgrade Package: Select Package $1,000
Ride Modes Pro
Heated Grips
Cruise Control
Adaptive Headlight
Headlight Pro (new)
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
Dynamic Traction Control
Black Cross Spoked Wheels

2022 BMW R 1250 R and R 1250 RS

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW R 1250 RS

Rider covered the extensive changes made to these models in 2019 with a First Look Review. Updates for 2020 are limited to upgrade packages and, as with most of the other models, these are now streamlined. Sport and Select packages have been replaced by a single Premium package.

R 1250 R

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $14,995

Color Schemes: Black Storm Metallic is carried over as standard color, as are Mineral Grey Metallic ($500), and BMW Racing white, blue and red ($600) optional schemes.

Updated Upgrade Package: Premium Package $2,525
Chrome Exhaust
Heated Grips
TPM tire pressure monitor
Gear Shift Assist Pro
Ride Modes Pro
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
ABS Pro
Dynamic Traction Control
Keyless Ride
GPS Prep
Cruise Control

R 1250 RS

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $15,695

Color Schemes: Black Storm Metallic is carried over as the standard color. Imperial Blue Metallic ($425) is also retained as an optional color, and Light White ($525) replaces Austin Yellow Metallic as the second color option.

Updated Upgrade Package: Premium Package $3,175 
Chrome Exhaust
Heated Grips
Dynamic ESA
Keyless Ride
GPS Prep
Cruise Control
Center Stand
Saddle Bag Mounts
Dynamic Traction Control
Gear Shift Assist Pro
Ride Modes Pro
ABS Pro 

2022 BMW R 1250 GS, R 1250 GS Adventure, and R 1250 RT

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW R 1250 RT

Rider covered the extensive changes made to these models in 2019 with a First Ride Review. Updates for 2020 are limited to upgrade packages, and as with most of the other models, these are now streamlined. Comfort, Dynamic, Sport and Touring packages have been replaced by a Select and Premium packages across the range. 

R 1250 GS

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $17,995

Color Schemes: Light White is carried over as a standard color. Black Storm Metallic Black/Achat Grey ($950), Rallye (Light White / Racing Blue / Racing Red) ($1,150) and Black Storm Metallic 40 Years of GS Edition ($2,050) are all retained as optional colors.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Select Package $1,900
Keyless Ride
Heated Grips
Chrome Exhaust
GPS Prep
Cruise Control
Hand Protectors
Case Holders
Seat Heating
TPM tire pressure monitor 

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Premium package $4,000
Select Package contents
Dynamic ESA
Gear Shift Assist Pro
Ride Modes Pro
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
Adaptive Headlight
Headlight Pro
Cruising Lighting

R 1250 GS Adventure

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $20,345

Color Schemes: Ice Grey is carried over as the standard color and Black Storm Metallic Black/Achat Grey ($600), Rallye (Light White / Racing Blue / Racing Red) ($800) and Black Storm Metallic 40 Years of GS Edition ($1,800 are all retained as optional colors.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Select Package $1,875
Keyless Ride
Heated Grips
Chrome Exhaust
GPS Prep
Cruise Control
Pannier Mounts
Seat Heating
TPM tire pressure monitor 

.
Premium Package $4,325
Select Package contents
Dynamic ESA
Gear Shift Assist Pro
RideModes Pro
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
Adaptive Headlight
Headlight Pro
LED Auxiliary Lights
Cruising Light 

R 1250 RT

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $19,695

Equipment Changes: New freely-assignable Favorite function button. 

Color Schemes: Alpine White is carried over as the standard color. New Black Storm Metallic ($525) replaces Manhattan Metallic as an optional color. Mineral White Metallic ($1,995) and Racing Blue Metallic ($650) are also carried over as optional colors. 

Updated Upgrade Package: Premium Package $4,500
Keyless Ride
Chrome Exhaust
Central Locking
Seat Heating
Alarm
Bluetooth Connectivity (new)
12V socket
Dynamic ESA
Gear Shift Assist Pro
Ride Modes Pro
Active Cruise Control
Adaptive Headlight
Dynamic Engine Brake Control
Headlight Pro
Auxiliary Lights
TPM tire pressure monitor

2022 BMW R 18 and R 18 Classic

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW R 18

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: TBA

Equipment Changes: Reverse assistance and black drivetrain.

Color Schemes: Galaxy Dust Metallic/Titanium Silver 2 Metallic has been added as optional color scheme (see Upgrade Packages), and the First Edition scheme is no longer available.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Option 719 Design Package AERO – The Option 719 Design Package AERO includes cylinder head covers, front engine cover and left and right intake snorkel covers in aluminum with a brushed, anodized finish. The cylinder head covers feature finely wrought air vents reminiscent of the “streamliners” of the 1920s and 1930s. The highlight is a badge on the front and side covers: This is made of solid copper which is chrome-plated and partially finished in white. The white paint enclosing the number sequence “719” is reminiscent of historical emblems that were typically lined with enamel during that era.

Option 719 seat – The Option 719 seat is an exclusive alternative to the standard seat found on the R 18 and R 18 Classic. In addition to the standard seat height, it offers diamond-shaped quilted embossing and an embroidered BMW logo and the 719 emblem on the side.

Option 719 Paint finish Galaxy Dust metallic/ Titanium Silver 2 metallic – Galaxy Dust metallic is a finish that changes in color spectrum from violet to turquoise blue, depending on the light. In addition, the color pigment creates a unique visual effect when exposed to sunlight. This special finish is combined with a Titanium Silver 2 metallic mirror on the fuel tank. The transition between the two-color surfaces consists of a hand-applied smoke effect familiar from the legendary R 90 S. In addition, the mirror surface is surrounded by a classic white double pin stripe.

Option 719 Wheels AERO and ICON – The two Option 719 wheels – AERO and ICON in matt silver and matt black, respectively, provide a refined and sophisticated look to the R 18 and R 18 Classic. The cast alloy wheels feature a six-spoke design. The milled ribs of the spokes are a real eye-catcher. The milled areas give the aluminum a contrast to the painted surfaces – hence the name Contrast Cut.

2022 BMW S 1000 R

BMW 2022 Model Announcement
2022 BMW S 1000 XR

Expected Availability: In dealers now

Base MSRP: $14,545

2022 BMW S 1000 XR

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $17,945

Color Schemes: Racing Red replaces Ice Grey as the standard color. New Black Storm Metallic 2 ($475) and Light White with M Package ($2,600) are optional colors.

Updated Upgrade Packages:

Select Package $650
Heated Grips
Tire pressure monitor
Luggage Grid 

M Package $2,600
Light White paint
M Endurance Chain
Sport Muffler
M Sport Seat
M Lightweight Battery
Sport Windshield
M Forged Wheels 

Premium Package $2,650
Select Package contents
GPS Prep
USB Socket
Hand Protection (new)
Center Stand (new)
Keyless Ride
Dynamic ESA Pro
Gear Shift Assist Pro
Cruise Control
Adaptive Headlight
LED Auxiliary Lights 

2022 BMW S 1000 RR 

2022 BMW Motorcycles
2022 BMW S 1000 RR

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $16,995

Color Schemes: Black Storm Metallic carries over as the standard color. Mineral Gray Metallic ($375) and Light White/Racing Blue/Racing Red ($2,250 with M Package) are optional colors.

Updated Upgrade Packages:
Premium Package $2,825
Endurance Chain
Sports Muffler
Dynamic Damping Control
Ride Modes Pro
USB Socket
Heated Grips
Cruise Control
TPM tire pressure monitor 

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M Package $2,250
Blue M Brake Calipers (new)
M Brake Calipers (new)
Black Fuel Filler Cap (new)
M GPS LapTrigger software (new)
M Sport Seat
Lightweight Battery
Forged Wheels (new) 

New 2022 BMW M 1000 RR

The new M RR uses the S 1000 RR’s water-cooled four-cylinder in-line engine with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing and valve lift that has been modified comprehensively. With a claimed peak power of 212 HP and maximum torque of 113 Nm, the M RR engine has undergone extensive technical optimization. Including new 2-ring forged pistons from Mahle, adapted combustion chambers, increased compression, longer and lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl, slimmer and lighter rocker arms, fully machined intake ports with new duct geometry, as well as a titanium exhaust system.

In addition to a race specified engine, body styling has been heavily influenced by the track. M winglets and high windscreen promise later braking and earlier accelerating with more stability in the corners thanks to the aerodynamic downforce without increasing drag.

Other notable features include two adjustable characteristic throttle curves for optimum response characteristics, threefold adjustable engine braking, quickhifter, incorporated pit lane speed-limiter, hill start assistance, race inspired chassis design and geometry, optimized wheel load distribution and extended adjustability of the swinging arm pivot point. In addition the 6.5-inch TFT display with exclusive M logo animation and OBD interface that can be used with activation code for the M GPS data logger and M GPS laptrigger. 

Expected Availability: Q4 2021

Base MSRP: $32,495

Color Schemes: Light White with M Package is solely available color.

Upgrade Package: All US models will be equipped withe the M Competition Package.
M Brakes (new to BMW Motorrad)
M Carbon Wheels
M GPS Laptrigger
Lightweight M Battery
USB charging socket in the rear
Integrated LED light units and heated grips
Lightweight swinging arm
DLC-coated M endurance chain
Passenger package including tail-hump cover

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BMW R 18 Classic Tackles the Harley Road King

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As expected, BMW is adding to its range of R 18 cruisers with the first being a tourer called the Classic, to tackle the popular Harley-Davidson Road King.

Like that American highway icon, the Classic has a removable clear windshield and leather saddlebags so you can convert from a tourer to a cruiser in seconds.

While the R 18 released a couple of months ago has a solo saddle, this comes with a removable pillion seat.

The Classic also has a 16-inch wheel for sharper steering, an additional LED headlight and electronic cruise control for highway touring.

Everything else seems to be the same as the R 18 including frame, electronics, suspension and 1802cc Boxer engine with 67kW (91hp) of power and 150Nm of torque.

Of course, those big Boxer heads are the biggest difference to the Road King.

They dictate mid-mounted footpegs that some have criticised as creating an uncomfortable “knees in the breeze” riding position instead of a more relaxed position of the Road King and many other cruisers.

BMW Motorrad says their “philosophy” with the footrests behind the cylinders is “not only typical of BMW, it also enables a relaxed and active riding position for optimum vehicle control”.

I would dispute that.

BMW will offer First Edition models in the R 18 and R 18 Classic in some markets with their classic paintwork in black with white double pinstripes. Other highlights include numerous chrome surfaces, a seat badge and a “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side covers.

I suspect there will be other R 18 variants to follow from a stripped-down dragster to a full-dresser with fairings, hard panniers and maybe even a top box.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com