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R 18




The all new R 18 invokes memories of our proud history and the iconic hallmarks of the BMW brand. Countlessly refined over the years, we're excited to deliver a modern take on the classic bikes of old. The result is a cruiser that is full of character, boasting the largest and most eye-catching boxer engine we've ever built - that also incorporates timeless design cues and the highest quality parts. Starting off with the timeless "First Edition" model, we're about to open up a world of possibility...

A cruiser at first glance

The flyline is elongated and low. The double-cradle steel frame covers the powerful, sculpted engine that underlines the impressive presence of the bike. Riders also have a number of custom equipment options - the R 18 is scaled back to its core to allow for full customisation.



For a relaxed boxer ride experience.
Fork tubes.

Fork tubes.

The material chosen is also classic: metal.
2-Tone-Black cylinder head covers.

2-Tone-Black cylinder head covers.

The high-quality 2-Tone-Black cylinder head covers made of milled aluminium perfectly give the boxer engine an attractive appearance.
Fishtail rear silencer.

Fishtail rear silencer.

Its design emphasises the typical cruiser silhouette of the R 18.
Rear view.

Rear view.

More memorable: the fender with white double striping of the R 18 First Edition.
Boxer with pushrods

Boxer with pushrods

The R stands for boxers and has done so for over 95 years.
Open drive shaft and double-cradle frame.

Open drive shaft and double-cradle frame.

The open, nickel-plated drive shaft puts the focus on the torque.
Fork bridge.

Fork bridge.

Clean and authentic in every detail.
Type Air/oil cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts above the drive shaft.
Bore x stroke 107.1 mm x 100 mm
Capacity 1802 cm3
Normal Capcity 67 kW at 4750 rpm
Max. torque 158 Nm at 3000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.6 :1
Fuel preparation Electronic intake pipe fuel injection, BMS-K+ electronic engine management with overrun cut-off, twin-spark ignition: BMS-O with e-gas
Emission control Regulated three-way catalytic converter
Mileage / consumption  
Maximum speed over 180 km/h
Consumption per 100 km based on the WMTC 5.6 L/100km
Fuel type Premium unleaded 95 petrol (PULP 95)
Electrical system  
Alternator Permanent magnet generator 600 W (nominal capacity)
Battery 12 V / 26 Ah, maintenance-free
Power transmission  
Clutch Single-disk dry clutch
Gears 6-gear shifting claw transmission in separate transmission housing
Secondary Drive Shaft drive
Suspension / brakes  
Frame Double-cradle steel frame with screwed-on underbeams
Front wheel location / spring elements Telescopic fork
Rear wheel location / spring elements Steel swinging fork with central shock strut
Spring travel front / rear 120 mm / 90 mm
Wheelbase 1731 mm
Castor 150 mm
Steering head angle 57.3°
Wheels Spoke wheel (front only)
Rim, front 3.5" x 19"
Rim, rear 5.0" x 16"
Tyres, front 120/70 R 19
Tyres, rear 180/65 B16
Brake, front Twin disc brake, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brake, rear Single disc brakes, diameter 300 mm, four-piston fixed calipers
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partially integral)
Dimensions / weights  
Seat height, unladen 690 mm
Rider step length, unladen 1630 mm
Usable tank capacity approx. 16 L
of which reserve approx. 4 L
Length 2440 mm
Height (excluding mirrors) 1126 mm
Height (above mirror, at DIN empty weight) 1232 mm
Width (with mirror) 964 mm
Unladen weight, fully fuelled/road-ready 345 kg 1)
Max. permitted weight 560 kg
Max. load (with standard equipment) 215 kg

1)As defined in EU directive 93/93/EEC, filled with all operating fluids, fuelled to at least 90% of usable tank capacity