BMW’s new R 18 Classic bagger hit Australian showrooms this week, with the touring-oriented cruiser variant now available from $30,863 rideaway.

The BMW R 18 Classic is available in three trim levels, with the mid-spec Custom grade checking in from $32,448, while the range-topping Deluxe is priced from $37,598.

This places the R 18 Classic at a slight premium over the standard R 18 that launched late last year, as that bike is offered from $29,155.

Distinguishing the R 18 Classic is a large windshield, saddle bags, a comfier rear seat, additional LED lighting, a smaller 16-inch front wheel and cruise control, among other updates.

Also equipped for long-distance comfort is mid-mounted footpegs, while floorboards, a Mustang seat and Vance & Hines exhaust options are available optionally.

Opting for the mid-range Custom grade adds a lockable fuel cap, hill start control, adaptive headlights, heated grips and an alarm system.

Meanwhile, the R 18 Classic Deluxe adds floorboards, ‘First Edition’ styling elements and a reverse gear.

Powering the BMW R 18 Classic is an 1802cc boxer engine tuned to produce 67kW and 158Nm of torque, which is backed up by a strong technology suite that can be tailored via three rider modes: Rain, Roll and Rock.

A six-speed transmission and a single-plate dry clutch with an anti-hopping function is used to handle the large torque figure, and automatic stability control and engine drag torque control enhance safety.

The BMW R 18 Classic rivals the likes of the Triumph Rocket 3 as well as Harley-Davidson’s extensive touring range.

“The R 18 Classic brings a host of iconic touches and features to our first-ever cruiser, the R 18, which made a huge impression on the local market at launch last year,” said BMW Motorrad Australia general manager Andreas Lundgren.

2021 BMW R 18 Australian pricing

BMW R 18: $29,155 rideaway
BMW R 18 Classic: $30,863 rideaway
BMW R 18 Classic Custom: $32,448 rideaway
BMW R 18 Classic Deluxe: $37,598 rideaway

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