BMW R 18 For Sale

BMW R 18
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Insurance Costs: 8 of 10
Launch RRP: £19,000

What Is It?

The BMW R 18 is a premium cruiser style bike and is powered by a Euro 5 compliant air / water cooled 1,802 cc Boxer engine, producing 89.9 bhp at 4,750 rpm and maximum torque at just 3,000 rpm. An impressive 95% of the torque is available from 2,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm.

Features include:

  • Steel tubular frame with double-sided swingarm
  • Dual 300 mm discs up front with four piston calipers
  • 300 mm disc at the rear with four piston caliper
  • ABS system
  • 49 mm fork with 120 mm travel
  • Adjustable cantilever rear suspension with 90 mm travel
  • Ride modes: Rain, "Roll" (Road), "Rock" (Sport)
  • Traction control with off mode
  • Keyless start
  • LED lighting all round
  • Dynamic brake light
  • 6 speed gearbox with gear position indicator

Many things make the R 18 unique like the ginormous 111 kg Boxer centrepiece, open Nickel plated shaft drive, easy to remove rear frame, combined rear brake light / indicators, pin striped paintwork and the gorgeous fishtail exhausts.

Due to the nature of the Boxer engine sticking out the sides the riding position isn't fully feet forward like many other cruisers but you can chose between standard foot controls or boards and even ape hanger or swept back bars.

The 19" wire-spoked front wheel takes a 120/70 tyre and the rear 16" a huge 180/65.

Accessories include the two up seat, brown seat, bobber seat, 710 mm high seat, Vance and Hines mufflers (Silver / Black), reverse gear, hill start control, cornering headlight, LED DRL, heated grips, 16" - 21" front wheels, pannier bags, plenty of screen options and a number of shiny bits from Roland Sands in the form of various cylinder head covers, billet mirrors, fuel cap and headlight surround.

Colours: Black

Did You Know?

It channels the looks of the 1936 R 5, sports the largest Boxer engine ever from BMW and the rear suspension is hidden under the seat.


2021: Cruise control plus steering damper now an option.

Review In A Few

What's Good?

  • Oh my, doesn't it look good!
  • Plenty of customisation options
  • Clever hidden rear suspension
  • Loads of low down torque
  • Super low seat

Any Downsides?

  • Pretty expensive new
  • Really heavy


Capacity: 1,802 cc (very high)

Power: 90 bhp / 67 kW (average)

Red Line: 5,750 rpm (average)

Top Speed: 120 mph / 193 km/h (high)

Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km (average)

Range: 160 miles / 257 km (high)

Fuel Capacity: 16.0 litres / 3.5 gallons (high)

Seat Height: 690 mm / 27.2 inches (low)

Wet Weight: 345 kg / 761 pounds (very heavy)

Power to Weight: 0.261 bhp/kg / 0.195 kW/kg


More Info

Check out this video from BMW and this video from DriveMag Riders.

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