BMW motorcycles fans in India would be thrilled to know that BMW Motorrad India is all set to launch yet another new bike – R18 cruiser in the Indian Market today (September 19).
The bikes have already started arriving in all of the BMW’s dealerships in India. It’s not surprising since the company already began accepting bookings for the new cruiser in April at a token of ₹1 lakh.
BMW engineers got inspiration from the 1936 BMW R5 for the R18 and it looks smashing gorgeous from each and every angle. R18’s main design highlight is the dual fishtail-like exhausts which are spiralling out of the bury boxer mill.
BMW R18 Styling
The R18 sports a purely vintage styling. The beastly motorcycle features a round headlamp, fuel tank shaped like a peanut, single pod instrument cluster, and a chopped rear fender. The R18 is meant to offer comfortable ergonomics as evident from the pulled-back handlebar, scooped seat with foot pegs set slightly forward.
Features of BMW R18
Engine & Transmission
The motorcycle is powered by a powerful 1,800cc, boxer-twin, air and oil-cooled engine. It is rated to pump out 91bhp power at 4,750 rpm and maximum torque of 158Nm at 3,000rpm.
Almost all of the performance mentioned is delivered in the lowered end, within the range between 2,000-4,000rpm. This range should make it really fun and nice for you to ride in the city and even on the highways.
Talking about the transmission, the R18’s engine is mated with a 6-speed gearbox.
Brakes & Suspensions
The R18’s wheels are equipped with telescopic forks & cantilever struts with spring & damping preload adjustment.
Talking about the brakes, the bike is fashioned with dual discs at front-end and a single disc at the rear, each measuring 300mm.
When it comes to features, the R18 is like any other typical BMW bike, equipped with modern features. They are:
- Heated grips,
- Full-LED lighting,
- A reverse gear,
- Hill-start assist,
- Cornering lights,
- Switchable automatic stability control,
- Engine drag torque control, and
- 3 riding modes: Rain, Rock and Roll.
Talking about the international markets, BMW introduced two variations of the R18 including Standard & First Edition. The First Edition is styled with chrome-finished accessories along with many other cosmetic add-ons. However, it is yet to be seen what BMW has planned for the variant it will launch in India, is it going to introduce both trims or just a single variant.
What Will Be The Price of BMW R18?
If we are to believe the dealer sources, then we could be looking at the starting price tage of somewhere around ₹20 lakh – ₹21 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Standard version. And if BMW decides to launch the First Edition variant as well, then this variant could be slightly costlier than the former.