BMW Motorrad recently tasked famed design house Roland Sands Design (RSD) to customise and set up its R 18 cruiser for the drag strip.

The result, a stripped-back and low-slung monster, cutting a reasonable pass with the bike’s 1802cc boxer engine.

Affectionately dubbed the ‘Big Boxer’, this engine delivers 67kW and 158Nm in stock form, and is backed up by high-end fueling and ignition systems.

BMW R 18 Dragster

As seen in the imagery, RSD’s BMW R 18 Dragster has been significantly modified from the stock model, with significant frame adjustments and the rear suspension removed.

The R 18 Dragster also features custom front and rear guards, a headlight taken from the original R 18, twin stainless steel megaphone pipes, and a front fork taken from the BMW R nineT.

Performance upgrades include front brakes from the S 1000 R superbike, while aesthetic niceties include a two-tone metallic blue paint scheme, a bespoke seat and a tank taken from the original R 18.

BMW R 18 Dragster

Production R 18 units are expected to roll into Australian showrooms in the coming months. It will launch in a limited-run First Edition variant equipped with Reverse Assist, with about 200 units expected to arrive priced from $31,690 plus on-road costs.

Distinguishing the First Edition is double pin-stripe paint and chrome touches.

More units are earmarked for a November arrival, including a First Edition without the Reverse Assist option for $30,190 as well as the base model which will check in from $26,890.

From standard, the bike comes with adaptive LED lights, daytime running lights, heated grips, Keyless Ride and a lockable fuel tank. It also comes with traction control, ABS and three riding modes, dubbed Rock, Roll and Rain.

The R 18 will also be available with a large list of accessories, including a sissy bar and luggage options.

BMW R 18 Dragster

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