BMW Motorrad has launched the R18 cruiser bike in India. It is the first cruiser motorcycle from the Bavarian makers in our country. The BMW R18 is available in two variants: Standard and First Edition. Their prices are as follows:-
|BMW R18||Price (Ex-showroom India)|
|Standard||Rs 18.90 lakh|
|First Edition||Rs 21.90 lakh|
BMW R18: Design & Features
The design cues of the BMW R18 are inspired by the 1936 BMW R5. It gets a similarly styled round headlamp (LED unit) and a tear-drop-shaped fuel tank. The First Edition also gets the white stripes on the fuel tank and rear fender, 'First Edition' badging and chrome finished elements which give the bike a premium yet a retro appeal. The bike is designed in such a manner that its rear monoshock is hidden inside its frame architecture.
Not only the design, but the BMW R18 bike will also astound you with its advanced electronics. To give you the maximum thrill of its torque output, It offers three riding modes (Rain, Roll, and Rock), engine drag torque control (MSR), and switchable automatic stability control (ASC). Additionally, it also offers a reverse gear (electric motor driven).
The R18 also gets some other convenient features such as hill start assist (HSA), cornering headlight, and heated grips. However, these features are limited to the First Edition model only.
The massive beast is driven by a new 1,802cc, air, and oil-cooler engine that churns out 91.1PS of max power at 4,750rpm and 158Nm of peak torque at 3000rpm. A huge portion of the torque i.e. the 150Nm is generated from revs as low as 2000rpm.
|Front Suspension||49mm telescopic fork (120mm travel)|
|Rear Suspension||cantilever strut (90mm travel)|
|Front Brake||twin 300mm discs (four-piston calipers)|
|Rear Brake||single disc|
The BMW R18 rivals the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 114 and the Indian Chieftain.