BMW Motorrad has added another motorcycle in its line-up- the R18 Classic. So without further ado, let’s tell you all there is to know about the motorcycle and how different it is from the standard R18.
More touring friendly
Now, the R18 Classic is based on the standard R18 although to add value to the package, the Classic comes fitted with accessories that make it more touring friendly. It gets a large windscreen to buffer the wind and keep the bugs out of your face on those highway rides. Speaking of long-distance rides, BMW has revised the cushioning of the rider seat, added a flat footboard for the rider, thrown in a pillion seat as well as a couple of saddlebags for functionality. And for improved illumination, the R18 Classic also features auxiliary lights fitted on either side of the LED headlamp.
Tweaks to its bodywork
Apart from the added accessories which by the way can be added to the standard R18, the R18 Classic boasts of tweaked bodywork that further sets it apart. First up is the straight exhaust pipes that replace the signature fishtail pipes on the R18. This is done to fit the saddlebags it comes with. Then there is the 16-inch wheel upfront instead of the 19-inch unit on the regular R18. Nonetheless, it still comes fitted with tube-type tyres at both ends.
Same mammoth of an engine
Just like the R18, the R18 Classic uses the largest-ever boxer twin built by BMW. This 1800cc, behemoth of a motor is capable of churning out 158Nm of torque at 3,000rpm and it comes mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
No changes to electronic aids
The R18 Classic is equipped with three-ride modes- Rain, Rock and Roll. It also gets a keyless start, engine drag torque control (MSR), Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and ABS as standard. And if you are willing to shell out some more money, BMW will fit the R18 Classic with hill-start control and a reverse assist as well.
BMW Motorrad has priced the R18 Classic at Rs 24 lakh. On the other hand, the standard R18 would set you back by Rs 22.55 lakh (both, ex-showroom).