BMW R18 Launched In India At Rs 18.9 Lakh
There are two versions of a new BMW R18 cruiser, Standard and First Edition, which are further enhanced in this latter version. The BMW R18 puts Rs 18.9 lakh back, whilst it costs Rs 21.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the first edition.
The first edition of the BMW Motorrad R18 comes with additional chrome elements, a metallic Blackstorm paint color, and a seat insert on the chrome cover. It also includes complex additions such as a copper lettering tank emblazon, a copper squirrel, a pair of stickers and a screwdriver to fix the emblazon on the tank. The first edition also includes hill-start support, heated grips, and cornering headlights.
The BMW R18 looks wonderful and resembles the BMW R5 cruiser from 1936 in many ways. Parked side-by-side, in their LED round headlights, a tear-dropping fuel tank, and slowing back fender the design inspiration is visible. The careful attention to detail is emphasized by periodically correct data such as the exposed drive shaft, front gate cover, and rear mono-shock inside the frame architecture.
A new 1.802cc air and the oil-cooled engine is the new BMW R18 cruiser and is the largest boxer engine ever produced by BMW.
At 4,750 rpm, it grows 91hp, not as large, but produces 158Nm torque at 3,000rpm, which can be considered as crucial. Between 2 000 and 4, 000 rpm is available a fat chunk of that torque, 150Nm, to be exact. BMW has a 4.8sec time from 0-100kph and a top speed of 180kph limited.
Power is sent via an exposed drive shaft inspired by the old BMW cruise ships to the rear wheels.
On BMW cruisers from the past, the BMW R18 is modeled but it is equipped with modern electronics. The BMW R18 has 3 modes of driving-Rain, Roll, and Rock; the usual Rain, Road, and Sports is a fun experience.
Furthermore, the BMW R18 also has switchable ASC and motor drag torque control or MSR. Lastly, the rear wheel slips are prevented by aggressive shifts. BMW also provides an electric motor driven reverse gear. This is likely to be helpful because the R18 is 345 kg tipping the ballast.
The motorbike is fitted directly to the frame and swingarms with a 49 mm telescopic fork (120 mm of travel) and a spool on the rear (90 mm of travel). The rear suspension also features damping and an adjustment of spring prestress, which makes it possible for the rider to adjust the bike according to the weight.
The R18 has twin 300-mm front discs (fixed, four-piston calipers) and a single rear disc, which is also of the same size, in terms of frequency brakes. The braking system uses the Integral ABS technology of BMW and activates the front and rear brakes by squeezing a handlebar brake lever.
BMW Motorrad has a range of customization options available. This includes personalized seats, fittings, side panels, and even control. You can fix a floatable Bobber-style seat, complete with a side-mounted number plate holder, or even adapt the R18 to a Bobber, Bagger, or even an Ape-hanger. BMW states that the use of plug and play clutch and brake line, as well as manoeuvre wiring, facilitate the replacement of these parts.