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Source: BMW GroupThe new BMW R 18 Classic and the new BMW R 18: Nostalgic touring and confident cruising with historical roots. After the premiere of the new BMW R 18, BMW Motorrad is now introducing the second member of the new model series for the cruiser segment: the R 18 Classic. The new BMW R 18 Classic is a nostalgic tourer that cites the beginnings of the great touring cruiser. Compared to the very puristic R 18, the main features of the R 18 Classic are the large windshield, the pillion seat, the saddlebags, the additional LED headlights and the 16-inch front wheel. The new BMW R 18 Classic and the BMW R 18 are in place in the tradition of historic BMW motorcycles. Technically as well as optically, they borrow from famous models such as the BMW R 5 and focus on the essentials of the motorcycle: puristic, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the epicenter of driving pleasure, paired with “good vibrations”. In addition, classic design and clear but contemporary technology merge in the R 18 Classic and R 18 to form a fascinating overall concept that is characterized by a sophisticated and emotional driving experience at the same time. The most powerful BMW boxer engine of all time with full torque. The heart of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 is a completely newly developed two-cylinder boxer engine, the “Big Boxer”. Not only with its impressive appearance, but also in technical terms, it ties in with the traditional air-cooled boxer engines that have provided an exciting driving experience for more than seven decades since BMW Motorrad production began in 1923. The two-cylinder boxer engine with the largest displacement ever used in motorcycle series production has a displacement of 1 802 cm3. The engine has an output of 67 kW (91 hp) at 4,750 rpm. From 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, more than 150 Nm of torque can be called up at any time and natural pulling power goes hand in hand with a rich sound.Double-loop tubular frame made of steel and rear-wheel swing arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid frame look. Heart of the chassis of the new R 18 Classic and R. 18 is a steel double-loop tubular frame. With its design, it ties in with the long BMW Motorrad tradition of this type of frame. The particularly high manufacturing quality and attention to detail is also evident in barely noticeable details such as the welded joints between steel pipes and cast or forged parts. Like the legendary BMW R 5, the rear-wheel swing arm, made according to a similar pattern, surrounds the rear axle drive in the right style using screw connections. Rather, a telescopic fork and a directly hinged central spring strut with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel control and appealing suspension comfort. As with the legendary BMW R 5, the stanchions of the telescopic fork are covered with fork sleeves. The standpipe diameter is 49 mm, the spring deflection at the front 120 and at the rear 90 mm. The new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 are decelerated by a double disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers. The wire-spoke wheels ensure a stylish appearance. Harmonious ergonomics for the best possible vehicle control.The new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 rely on a casual, so-called “mid-mounted footpeg” position of the footpegs, in keeping with BMW Motorrad. This classic position behind the cylinders is not only typical for BMW, but also enables a relaxed and active driving posture for the best possible vehicle control. Three driving modes as well as ASC and MSR for a high level of driving pleasure and safety as standard. Reversing aid and Hillstart Control as optional equipment ex works. To adapt to the individual wishes of the driver, the new R 18 Classic and R 18 already offer the three driving modes “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock”, which are exceptional in this segment. The standard equipment also includes the automatic stability control ASC (Automatic Stability Control, can be switched off), which ensures a high level of driving safety. In addition, the new R 18 Classic and R 18 are equipped as standard with engine drag torque control (MSR). In addition to other options, a reversing aid enables comfortable maneuvering and the Hill Start Control function enables easy hill start. The new R 18 Classic and R 18: Iconic style with a rigid frame look, modern technology and authentic materials. The R 18 Classic and R 18 carry the iconic The style of bygone times has been skilfully transformed into the present day and in many details, a puristic design lives on, which was mainly characterized by classics like the BMW R 5. Functional and style-defining elements such as the double loop frame, the drop tank, the open-running cardan shaft or the paintwork with double lining (optional equipment ex works) are reminiscent of the legendary Boxer from 1936. The classic body scopes of the R 18 Classic and R 18 also exist – as befits an authentic classic – made of metal. The chassis is an equally splendid reminiscence of the legendary R 5. Together with the two-arm swing arm and a suspension strut in a cantilever arrangement, it was possible to transfer the rigid frame concept of the R 5 optically perfectly into the modern era First Edition: Exclusive look in paintwork and chrome. As soon as it is launched, the new R 18 will be available worldwide as an exclusive R 18 Classic First Edition and R 18 First Edition in addition to a standard model reserved for certain markets. It combines the R 18 look with exclusive equipment features in classic black paint with white double lining. In addition, the numerous chrome surfaces, the seat badge and the “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side covers are among the highlights. Architecture that is easy to convert as a prerequisite for easy customization and optimal individualization. The new R 18 Classic and R 18 is a very conversion-friendly architecture that was already in focus in the early conception phases of the basic design of the vehicle. Accordingly, it has an easily removable rear frame and an easy-to-remove paint kit. Well thought-out interfaces for the hydraulic lines of the brake and clutch as well as the cable harness also allow the completely problem-free assembly of higher or lower control arms in connection with suitable hydraulic lines and cable harnesses. In addition, the visible valve covers (cylinder head covers) and the Heldenbrust (engine housing cover) are designed in such a way that they sit outside the oil chamber and are therefore very easy to change. Customizing parts and Roland Sands design collections “Machined” and “2-Tone-Black The BMW Motorrad equipment range offers a high degree of customization options so that the R 18 Classic and R 18 can be designed according to personal taste and preferences. The variety of different parts from the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories enables individual conversions that significantly change the character of the R 18 Classic and R 18. When the new R 18 Classic and R 18 are launched, there are two different design collections of milled aluminum parts created together with Roland Sands Design: “Machined” and “2-Tone-Black”. Co-branding with famous brands: Mustang -Seat benches as well as Vance & Hines exhaust systems “Made in USA”. For the accessories and customizing program of the new R 18, BMW Motorrad cooperates with Roland Sands Design with a number of well-known suppliers, including the US manufacturer Mustang Seats high quality, handmade seats and benches are offered in different versions. No less creative is the customizing potential for the exhaust systems in cooperation with Vance & Hines. The special features of the new BMW R 18 Classic: Windshield (removable), Saddlebags (removable), Pillion seat (removable). Additional LED headlights. 16-inch headlights. Front wheel. Electronic cruise control (Cruise Control) as standard. Common highlights of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18: Iconic style through modern technology and authentic materials. Largest BMW boxer engine of all time with 1 802 cc. Output 67 kW (91 hp) 4 750 min-1, max. Torque 158 Nm at 3,000 min-1. From 2,000 to 4,000 min-1 available at any time over 150 Nm. Open-running cardan drive based on the classic model. Elaborately manufactured double-loop tubular frame made of steel. Rear swing arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid frame optics. Telescopic fork With fork sleeves and cantilever strut with travel-dependent damping. Coherent ergonomics for relaxed driving and optimal control. Front and rear disc brakes and wire-spoke wheels. State-of-the-art LED lighting technology interpreted in a classic way. Adaptive cornering lights for even better road illumination when cornering as an ex works option. Classically drawn round instrument with Integrated display. Keyless Ride for convenient function activation via radio. Three driving modes as well as ASC and MSR as standard. Reversing aid for comfortable maneuvering and Hill Start Control for easy hill start as optional equipment ex works. The R 18 Classic First Edition and R 18 First Edition: Exclusive Look in Paint and chrome. Extensive range of special equipment and original BMW Motorrad accessories as well as a casual Ride & Style collection.


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