We’ve been testing what is perhaps the most anticipated motorcycle of 2020, the BMW R 18 cruiser. Join us as we learn about the all-new model.

The bike we have on test is a BMW R 18 First Edition equipped with Reverse Assist, which is currently available from $31,690 plus on-road costs.

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 BMW R 18 2021 is also available with a large list of accessories, including a sissy bar and luggage options.

BMW R 18 2021
BMW R 18 2021 First Edition.

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.

BMW R 18 Classic 2021 static
The BMW R 18 2021 Classic featuring touring-oriented accessories.

BMW Motorrad Australia will soon bolster its recently launched R 18 cruiser offering with a new R 18 Classic bagger variant that adds key touring accessories as standard.

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.

The Classic can also be equipped with large Vance & Hines straight pipes and footboards to replace the mid-mounted pegs.

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