BMW R 18 Classic Motorbikes For Sale

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BMW R 18 Classic
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Launch RRP: £20,980
Insurance Costs: 8 of 10

What Is It?

The BMW R 18 Classic is a premium cruiser style bike and is powered by a Euro 5 compliant air / oil 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
  • Linked 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
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless start
  • LED lighting all round
  • Dynamic brake light
  • 6 speed gearbox with gear position indicator

The R 18 Classic is the ground breaking R 18 in full bagger Harley killing mode. BMW have added the two up seat, pannier bags (15 litres each), tall screen, additional LED lights / indicator cluster, cruise control and changed down the front wheel from 19" to 16" with a fatter tyre however the seat height is 20 mm higher and the weight is up a chunky 20 kg.

Like the standard R 18 you get the ginormous 111 kg Boxer centrepiece, open Nickel plated shaft drive and combined rear brake light / indicators. Luckily most of the additions can be removed or swapped for other options from the catalogue - the R 18 really is a next gen cruiser platform.

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 16" wire-spoked wheels take a 130/90 tyre at the front and a 180/65 at the rear.

Accessories include the double-lined paintwork, Vance and Hines mufflers (Silver / Black), reverse gear, hill start control, cornering headlight, LED DRL, heated grips, steering damper, Option 719 seat and a number of shiny bits from Roland Sands.

  • 2021: Black
  • 2022: Black, red, green, white/blue/purple (Option 719)

Specs

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)

Fuel Consumption / Gas Mileage: 50 mpg, 5.6 l/100km, 17.7 km/l (average)

Range: 180 miles, 290 km (high)

Fuel Capacity: 16.0 litres, 4.2 US gallons (high)

Seat Height: 710 mm, 28.0 inches (low)

Wet Weight: 365 kg, 805 pounds (very heavy)

Power to Weight: 0.247 bhp/kg, 0.184 kW/kg

Road Tax (VED): £96 / Year (very high)

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Review In A Few

What's Good?

  • Plenty of customisation options
  • Clever hidden rear suspension
  • Loads of low down torque
  • Super low seat

Any Downsides?

  • Minimal electronics package
  • Short travel suspension
  • Pretty expensive new
  • No fuel gauge
  • Super heavy

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