Design registrations have surfaced which appear to show a touring version of the yet-to-be-released BMW R 18 cruiser.

The R 18 has not been seen in production guise, however, we have a fair idea of what to expect from the Concept R 18 that was shown at the Italy bike show last year.

BMW later uncovered the Concept R 18/2 (pronounced Slash Two), which appeared to be even closer to the road-going product.

Overseas publication Motor1 Brasil recently surfaced design patents that show an R 18-based touring bike, with classic Harley-esque bagger lines.

Rather than going for a modern approach, as seen on BMW’s K 1600 touring range, this R 18 variant sports old-school cruiser styling with a large winged fairing and hard swooping pannier bags.

A BMW Group Australia spokesperson told INFO MOTO that it expects to release the BMW R 18 later this year, although exact specifications and model line-up information will be confirmed after the bike is officially revealed.

“We expect to see a production version of the Concept R 18 arrive in Australia within the second half of this year,” they said.

“This model is of great interest to us and the response from our customers to a local introduction has been overwhelmingly positive.”

As previously reported, the BMW R 18 will use the highest-capacity boxer engine used in motorcycle volume production, with a displacement of 1802cc.

Tuned for low-end grunt, the ‘Big Boxer’ produces 67kW at 4750rpm, and 158Nm from 3000rpm.

Power is sent through a six-speed transmission to the rear wheel via a shaft drive system.

While pricing has yet to be confirmed, it is expected to check in above $30,000.

For comparison, the just-launched Triumph Rocket 3 which will surely be a close rival to the R 18, is priced from $29,990 rideaway in base form.

The BMW Concept R 18 previews the road-going model.
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