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BMW Motorrad reveals R18 cruiser concept

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

BMW Motorrad has unveiled its new modern classic cruiser concept called the R18. This bike will rival the Harley-Davidson line-up in the near future. The R18 concept has been meticulously designed with attention to detail and has a simple minimalist design. The R18 concept takes its design inspiration from the 1936 BMW R5 and has a classic cruiser stance.

The wheels are 21-inch at the front and 18-inch rear wheels with a spoke design. The bike gets a rounded headlamp and is likely to have conventional halogen lamp. The seat has a leaf shape design and the bike has chopped-off fenders. The tank is teardrop shaped and has a very cruiser like appearance and it is garnished with pinstripes on the side. The handlebar is a wide single piece conventionally mounted on a triple clamp. Hidden under the fork shrouds, is what appears to be an upside-down unit, on the front with a high rake angle and a monoshock on the rear, that is hidden under the seat to give it a hard-tail effect. The brakes are twin hydraulically operated discs on the front and a single disc unit on the rear. 

One of the most striking design features is the engine. The engine on the R18 concept is a horizontally opposed, boxer type finished in matte silver and accented by chrome badging and polished cylinder heads. The engine boasts an open shaft drive connected through the cantilever swing-arm. The carburetor on the engine is open-styled and the exhaust has the classic fishtail design finished in chrome.

BMW Motorrad plans to bring in a whole range of cruiser motorcycles later the year. The bikes will be pitted against Harley-Davidson, Triumph and such modern classic motorcycle manufacturers. The brand is expected to unveil the bikes at the upcoming INTERMOT or EICMA shows in 2019.