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BMW R18 BMW R18 is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 19,90,681 in India. It is available in 3 variants and 3 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 24,02,199.

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,802 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight345 kg

Avg. Ex-showroom price

19,90,681
EMI   60,959/month EMI Calculated basis
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Down Payment - ₹ 3,98,136
Interest - 11 %
Tenure - 30 Months
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BMW R18 Summary

R18 key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,802 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 345 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 16 litres
Seat Height 690 mm
Max Power 89.84 bhp

BMW R18 Price

VariantPriceSpecifications

R18 Standard

 19,90,681 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

R18 First Edition

 22,56,307 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

R18 Classic

 24,02,199 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Spoke Wheels

BMW R18 Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 1802cc engine is extremely smooth and refined
    • Great cruising comfort
    • Loaded with latest features
  • Could be Better

    • Weight is on the heavier side
    • Can’t be used in city on a regular basis
    • Expensive to maintain

BikeWale's Take

The R18 is a big, bulky cruiser from BMW Motorrad. It is known for its new 1802cc engine that churns out lots of torque. Just like all the other BMWs, this bike is also equipped with lots of features and technologies to make life easy on the highway. But the R18 is on the heavier side and is also priced quite high. Plus, it’s a BMW. So it is expensive to maintain. 

BMW R18 Review

The R18 is BMW's second attempt at playing offense against the high and mighty Harley-Davidson, not only in their home ground but the world over. And we recently got to sample the R 18 ‘First Edition’ for a couple of days to find out what it has to offer.

Introduction

Right Front Three Quarter

Did you know Harley-Davidson’s largest market apart from the USA is… Germany? That statement should be a befitting explanation for the existence of what we have here- the BMW R18.

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It is the Bavarian company’s second attempt at playing offense against the high and mighty Harley-Davidson, not only in their home ground but the world over. And we recently got to sample the R18 ‘First Edition’ for a couple of days to find out what it has to offer. 

The Visuals

Left Side View

Imagine Marilyn Monroe or Hugh Jackman walking past you. You’d turn and stare. Or stop in your tracks even, to behold a sight rather out-worldly. The BMW R18 has exactly that kind of effect. 

You’d be forgiven to fixate and even gasp at that burly engine with its mechanicals neatly hidden away. And even though your eyes are lead by graceful curves and clean lines flowing through the motorcycle’s shape, every little detail is worth a good, long look. The designers at BMW drew their inspiration for the R18 from the iconic R 5 from 1936. 

Fuel Tank

And so you have the lustrous chrome, black paint, and white pinstripes on the side of the tank and rear fender, the screwed-in BMW logo, and even the triangular shape of the swingarm. It is also hard to miss the bulbous, fish tail-shaped exhaust which is also picked up from the BMW R 5.   

Pillion Footrest

The entire finish on the BMW R18 screams quality. But look closer and you’d realise, the fitment of the instrument cluster could have been better and the quality of footpegs is not deserving to be seen on a motorcycle with the opulence of a Grand Piano.   

The Package

Head Light

Since the BMW R18 comes with keyless ignition, you can just tap the power button before pushing down on the start switch. Then there is full-LED lighting for the headlamp, which by the way does an excellent job at illumination. 

Tail Light

The bike also features fancy-looking triangular turn-indicators with LED lighting while the taillight integrates the turn signals. You also get a round, chrome embezzled instrument cluster that features an analogue speedometer and a bold ‘Berlin Built’ lettering at the bottom. Between this is a digital LCD screen that displays the engine rpm, tripmeters, and clock which is great. It is also good to know the average fuel consumption, voltage, and date. 

BMW R18 Instrument Cluster

But wait…where are the fuel gauge and distance-to-empty indicator? That said, even the lock on the fuel filler cap is absent! Nonetheless, BMW hasn’t skipped on essential electronic riding aids and the R18 comes with ABS, ASC (Automatic Stability Control), Engine Brake Control. Then there are three modes- Rain, Rock and Roll. Yes, you read that right.   

BMW R18 Instrument Cluster

The Ride

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The R18 is undoubtedly intimidating to look at and I won’t lie, the 345kg behemoth requires quite a bit of effort to pick up and lift off the stand. Pushing the R18 forward is also a task, after all, the massive 110kg engine makes for most of the mass in the front. On the flip-side, it is surprisingly easier moving the R18 backward. There also is a reverse assist on offer, just in case, although it is available as an optional extra.    

Engine From Left

With that aside, let’s talk about the elephant in the room- the R18’s 1,802cc engine. The motor is the largest boxer-twin engine built by BMW which also has a shiny plaque that reads the displacement in case you missed its sheer size. Now, the engineers at BMW have designed this motor like older boxer engines- without a balance shaft. 

Crank it up and the engine rumbles alive with a pronounced and characterful shake from left to right. The first time, it is likely to catch you off-guard. This engine pulse can be felt strongly all through the ride, whether it is when upshifting or downshifting or even while throttling it at idle. Now, the engine is large in displacement but not necessarily in output offering 90bhp and 158Nm. 

Rear View

Nonetheless, there is an incredible amount of torque from as low as 1300rpm that makes it easy to ride in the city. Just slot it into gear and the R18 trundles along without any need for throttle action. The supply of torque is so tremendous, the R18 can even pull from 60kmph in fifth gear without breaking a sweat. Among the three ride modes the R18 comes with, the ‘Rain’ mode is the handiest while riding in traffic by offering a noticeably muted throttle response. 

Front Tyre

And while one would expect such a massive engine to heat up in bumper-to-bumper traffic, the air/oil-cooled unit never once threatened to burn up my thighs. Nevertheless, filtering through traffic isn’t easy. Every gram of the R18’s weight can be felt at low speed and the torque-effect rocks the chassis. Furthermore, the protruding cylinder heads don’t help the cause here. 

Action

But then, the BMW R18 is a cruiser and wasn’t built to slither its way through city traffic. Open highways and long corners are where its heart is. Toggle the mode to Roll and the throttle immediately feels responsive and relaxed on low-end power delivery. And if you find an open stretch of highway, switch the R18 into Rock and nothing is holding the motorcycle back. The exhaust note gets louder, while the throttle is crisper and precise than ever before. Whack the throttle and the traction control will let the rear slide for a moment while the R18 gurgles and pops to 5,500rpm. It would even let you indulge in a surprisingly stable 180kmph+ ride.

exhaust pipes

However, the engine isn’t entirely refined. Vibrations creep in at somewhere around 3,500rpm on the handlebar and seat all the way to 4,500rpm. In that 1000rpm range, the mirrors are blurry and the hands are buzzing from the vibes. That is when you realize the R18 is the most comfortable cruising around 140-150kmph. And as we found out, toeing the gear lever through the R18’s six-speed gearbox is a slick affair. BMW has also ensured to incorporate the signature American cruiser ‘thunk’ whilst shifting gears. 

Front Wheel

The ‘Murica resemblance is also present in the braking action with the heavy brake lever pull. That aside, the bite isn’t as confidence-inspiring and leaves something to be desired. Moreover, the pulse intervals from the ABS feel longer so there are minute moments where the rear slides under hard braking.  

Right Side View

Now just like any cruiser, the BMW R18 offers broad-chested and relaxed riding ergonomics coming from the wide, sweptback handlebars and mid-mounted pegs. The seat is large and has ample space on offer too- although the cushioning is a tad too soft if you plan on being in the saddle for a long time. Speaking of which, the R18 uses a preload-adjustable cantilever suspension at the rear with just 88mm of travel which not only gives the impression of the R18 being a hardtail…but also feels like it. 

The stiff setup is manageable over minor undulations in the road, although, it feels jarring on small bumps and creases and momentarily threatens to kick off the rider on the potholes our roads are infamous for. Having said that, the front end, with nearly 120mm of travel offers comparatively more pliant and controlled suspension services.

Action

Now, thanks to its low and long body, the R18 does not promise knee-down shenanigans. A slight tip into a corner and the footpegs feelers instantly make contact with the tarmac. Don’t get me wrong, the R18 feels stable around corners, but the Michelin Commander tyres with their so-so grip are not up for the game of spirited riding. 

Conclusion

Right Side View

Priced at Rs 22.55 lakh, the BMW R18 is expensive; around Rs 4.3 lakh more expensive than the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy that ships with a similar displacement engine, lesser weight, and larger tank capacity. It also demands a premium of Rs 4 lakh over the Triumph Rocket 3 R that is priced at Rs 18.5 lakh.  

tubeless rims

That said, the R18 also misses out on basic features like a fuel gauge or fuel filler lock. While Harley owners are usually accustomed to missing features that are offered as accessories, the deal-breaker for customers looking to buy the R18 is the spoked wheels wrapped in tubed tyres that limit its long-distance touring abilities. Furthermore, the soggy clutch and brake controls, the higher-rpm vibrations as well as the stiff ride quality are a few missed notes in this melody of a motorcycle. 

Left Side View

All said and done, the R18 is a special motorcycle that BMW aimed to build with the simple yet iconic R 5 in mind. And even with the advancement in technology, the R18 is beautiful enough to resonate with the original masterpiece, paying heed to heritage rather than outright performance. The ride experience is best when not rushed and the rhythmic soundtrack of the boxer-twin is perfect on the long open stretches of road. And the BMW R18 does all of this, effortlessly grabbing attention while at it.

Photos by Kaustubh Gandhi

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    We have counted on the boxer since 1923 with conviction. The 1,802 cc two-cylinder boxer engine of the r 18 is the highest displacement boxer that Bmw has ever built. It delivers a maximum torque of 116 lbs-ft at 3,000 rpm. At 4,750 rpm, the big boxer delivers 91 hp com

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About R18

The BMW R18 is powered by 1802cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 89.84 bhp and a torque of 158 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, BMW R18 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This R18 bike weighs 345 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 16 liters.

The R18 is the only cruiser in BMW Motorrad’s portfolio. The company had started giving us a glimpse of the bike in various concept forms months before unveiling the final production model. And all the wait was worth it as the production iteration isn’t very different from the concept and looks just as gorgeous.

The design of the R18 takes inspiration from the 1936 BMW R5 cruiser and it looks smashing from every angle. Sporting a purely vintage styling, the motorcycle incorporates a round headlamp, single pod instrument cluster, peanut-shaped fuel tank, and a chopped rear fender. The main design highlight of the R18 is the dual fish tail-like exhausts spiraling out of the burly boxer mill. The wide, pulled-back handlebar, scooped seat, and slightly forward-set footpegs indicate that it is meant to offer comfortable ergonomics.

Powering the motorcycle is a mammoth 1,800cc, air and oil-cooled, boxer-twin motor which is the largest boxer-twin BMW has ever plonked on a production bike. It pumps out 91bhp at 4,750rpm and 158Nm at 3,000rpm. Most of that performance is delivered in the lower end, between 2,000-4,000rpm, which should make it fun-to-ride in the city as well as on the highway. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.

The R18 is a typical BMW when it comes to features as it gets many of them. The list comprises heated grips, full-LED lighting, cornering lights, a reverse gear, hill-start assist, switchable automatic stability control, engine drag torque control, and three riding modes – Rain, Rock, and Roll. On the contrary, it is quite basic in terms of cycle parts. The R18 is suspended by telescopic forks and a cantilever strut with damping and spring preload adjustment. Braking is handled by dual discs up front and a single disc at the rear measuring 300mm each.

BMW has introduced the R18 in all three variants in India, similar to the international markets. It comes in Standard, First Edition, and Classic trims, and the differences in these are majorly visual. Prices of the bike start at Rs 19.90 lakh and go up to Rs 24 lakh (ex-showroom). It faces completion mainly from the Harley-Davidson Softail models.
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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 89.84 bhp @ 4,750 rpm

    Max Torque 158 Nm @ 3,000 rpm

    Cooling System Air/Oil Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Shaft Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 1,802 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 107.1 mm

    Stroke 100 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder --

    Compression Ratio 9.6 :1

    Ignition Electric

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Single-disk dry clutch

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 16 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 4 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed 180 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/65 B16

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 300 mm

    Calliper Type Front - 4 Piston, Rear - 4 Piston Caliper

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 R 19

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Telescopic fork

    Rear Suspension Steel swinging fork with central shock strut

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 345 kg

    Overall Length 2,440 mm

    Overall Width 964 mm

    Wheelbase 1,731 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 690 mm

    Overall Height 1,232 mm

    Chassis Type Double-cradle steel frame with screwed-on underbeams

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty 3 Year

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

Pillion SeatNo

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator No

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System--

Battery12 V / 26 Ah, maintenance-free

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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FAQs about BMW R18

  • Q: What is the on-road price of BMW R18 in 2021?

    A: The 2021 on-road price of BMW R18 in Delhi is Rs. 22,28,942. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better BMW R18 or Triumph Rocket 3?

    A: BMW R18 is priced at Rs. 19,90,681, has a 1802 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, whereas, the price of Triumph Rocket 3 is Rs. 18,39,819 with a 2458 cc 6 Speed Manual engine. You can compare BMW R18 vs Triumph Rocket 3 based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of BMW R18?

    A: BMW R18 is available in 3 colours which are First Edition, Black Storm Metallic and Classic. You can check all the colour images of BMW R18.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of BMW R18?

    A: BMW R18 is a Cruiser bike that weighs 345 kg, has a 1802 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 16 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

BMW R18 News

  • India-bound BMW R18 B: Image Gallery
    India-bound BMW R18 B: Image Gallery
    02 August 2021
    Neil Nair

    BMW Motorrad is going full-force with its heritage-classic R18 brand, recently unveiling the Bagger and Transcontinental version of the R18 that is available in India. While we have done an image gallery of the R18 Transcontinental previously, here we bring you all the...

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  • BMW R 18 Transcontinental: Image Gallery
    BMW R 18 Transcontinental: Image Gallery
    31 July 2021
    Suvil Susvirkar

    BMW Motrrad has revealed the new R 18 Transcontinental luxury tourer for the international markets. While we await more details about the Indian launch of the R 18 Transcontinental, here is a detailed image gallery of the motorcycle.

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  • New BMW R 18 B bagger revealed
    New BMW R 18 B bagger revealed
    30 July 2021
    Suvil Susvirkar

    BMW Motorrad has expanded its R 18 line-up with the introduction of the R 18 B bagger-style motorcycle. This new model will soon be available in several international market, although its Indian launch details are not available yet.

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