BMW Motorrad has officially torn the covers off its R 18 cruiser, which will arrive in Australia in the third quarter of 2020.
The bike 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.
As INFO MOTO previously reported, BMW Motorrad Australia expects this bike to be a volume seller, rather than just a hero bike.
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.
“The simple, powerful aesthetic of the BMW R 18 and its extensive range of optional extras, such as the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories, elevate and embolden the concept of individualisation to suit different customer tastes and preferences,” explains the brand’s local wing.
Powering the R 18 is an 1802cc boxer engine which is tuned to produce 67kW and 158Nm of torque.
While aesthetically the engine, and bike, is reminiscent of historic BMW models, it is equipped with a number of modern features.
The air/oil-cooled donk uses large ribbed cylinders and cylinder heads, a vertically split aluminium engine housing, dual ignition, intake manifold injection and the brand’s BMS-O engine management system.
A six-speed transmission and a single-plate dry clutch with an anti-hopping function is used to handle the large torque figure.
The BMW R 18 will rival the likes of the Triumph Rocket 3 as well as Harley-Davidson’s extensive cruiser and touring range.
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