BMW Motorrad Malaysia has teased the all-new BMW R 18 First Edition. Pending its arrival and launch, BMW is accepting bookings for this cruiser motorcycle. It however, is limited to only 18 units in Malaysia. The BMW R 18 large capacity classic boxer features the First Edition logo with pin stripe design on gloss black paint, invoking an unparalleled sense of style and edge. The new cruiser’s classic presence is enhanced by the chrome handle bars, shifter lever, handle end caps, cylinder head covers and crank covers as well as air intake.
“Every step BMW Motorrad takes is another step towards uncharted innovation. We take pride in our sophisticated engineering precision to present the ultimate riding experience on both the road and the racetrack,” said Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.
Powering the BMW R 18 is the biggest displacement boxer engine BMW has ever built. The air/oil-cooled engine is a 1,802 cc two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine. It has two chain-driven camshafts placed above the drive shaft and is capable of a maximum torque of 158 Nm @ 3,000 rpm. The official maximum speed is 180 km/h.
“For the all-new BMW R 18, nothing would roar louder than its 1,802 cc two-cylinder boxer engine – which is the highest displacement boxer than BMW has ever built – sitting at the core of this cruiser. A much-anticipated engineering marvel in the premium motorcycle industry,” said Owen Riley, Head of BMW Motorrad Malaysia.
Power is transmitted to the cruiser’s wheel via a single-disk dry clutch with a 6-gear shifting claw transmission in a separate transmission housing. The secondary open nickel-plated driveshaft meanwhile, puts focus on the torque. The BMW R 18 is also equipped with electronic intake pipe fuel injection with twin-spark ignition. Fuel consumption of the new cruiser is 5.6 litres per 100 km. Emission control is via a regulated three-way catalytic converter. Further, the alternator in the BMW R 18 is a 600W permanent magnet generator paired with a maintenance-free 12V / 26Ah battery.
In terms of suspension, the new cruiser features a double-cradle steel frame with screwed-on under beams. The front suspension is offered via the classic telescopic fork with fork sleeves and cantilever suspension strut with travel-dependent damping. In the rear is the steel swinging fork with central shock strut. Meanwhile, the bike comes standard with a 300 mm twin disk brake with 4-piston fixed calipers in front, with single disk brakes rounding out the rear. The BMW Motorrad Integral Anti-Lock Braking System (partially integral) is also available to prevent wheel lock in hard braking situations. Further, the new cruiser is also equipped with Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and features three riding modes i.e. Rock, Roll and Rain.
Styling-wise, the BMW R 18 features double striping and chrome design elements. The head and tail lights are LED, and the engine housing cover is machined from milled aluminium. The cover was created in collaboration with Roland Sands Design and provides an attractive colour contrast between black and silver.
The all-new BMW R 18 is also fitted with a specifically designed circular instrument with multi-function display. The circular instrument cluster features an analogue speedometer display for a classic style. Like other BMW Motorrad models, the Keyless Ride system also replaces the conventional ignition steering lock.
Additionally, the new cruiser features a reverse gear and lockable fuel filter cap as standard. For more personalisation, owners also have the option to accessorise with a variety of wheel seats, handlebars, valve covers, engine breast plate, luggage range as well as the engine protection bar.
The BMW R 18 First Edition will be available from October 2020. The recommended retail price (on the road, without insurance, and with BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s All-New3-Year Warranty and 3-Year Roadside Assistance Programmes) is RM156,500.
Online reservation is now open: https://bmwmotorrad-r18.com/R18.
With the Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, ownership of the all-new BMW R 18 First Edition starts from RM2,525 a month. This is based on estimates of an 80% loan for a 5-year tenure.
Owners can also enjoy additional benefits with the All-New Industry-Leading Premium Engine Oil Inclusive, Service Inclusive and Warranty Extension Programmes by BMW Motorrad Malaysia.
For more information on the programmes, please visit https://www.bmwmotorrad.com.my/en/service/services/warranty.html.