BMW R 18


The new BMW r 18.


The new BMW R 18 invokes our history and the iconic hallmarks of our brand which we have worked very hard on. The result: a cruiser that is full of character boasting a boxer engine with the most displacement that we have ever built as well as timeless design features, such as the white double striping on the R 18 First Edition.


BMW R-18


The flyline is elongated and low. The double-cradle steel frame covers the powerful, sculpted engine that underlines the impressive presence of the bike. Riders also have a number of custom equipment options: the BMW R 18 is scaled back to its core to allow for full customisation.

We have counted on the boxer since 1923  – by conviction. The 1802 ccm two-cylinder boxer engine of the R 18 is the boxer with the most displacement that we have ever built. It delivers its maximum torque of 158 Nm at 3000 min-1. From 2000 to 4000 min-1, it always delivers over 150 Nm, meaning a consistently high torque with the typical running characteristics of a boxer. At 4750 min-1, the Big Boxer delivers 67 kW (91 hp). Thereby combining its core tradition with modern technology. For pure emotion on the road.


Design:  Air/oil cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts above the drive shaft.

Bore x stroke: 107.1 mm x 100 mm

Capacity: 1802 cm³

Nominal capacity: 67 kW (91 hp) at 4750 rpm

Max. torque: 158 Nm at 3000 rpm

Compression ratio: 9.6 :1

Fuel preparation: Electronic intake pipe fuel injection, BMS-K+ electronic engine management with overrun cut-off, twin-spark ignition: BMS-O with e-gas

Emission control: Regulated three-way catalytic converter

Maximum speed: Over 110mph

Consumption per 100 km based on the WMTC: 5.6 l/100km

Fuel type: Super plus lead-free (max. 15% ethanol, E15) ROZ 95 90 AKI

Alternator Permanent: Magnet generator 600 W (nominal capacity)

Battery: 12 V / 26 Ah, maintenance-free

Clutch: Single-disk dry clutch
Gears: 6-gear shifting claw transmission in separate transmission housing     
Secondary drive: Shaft drive

Frame: Double-cradle steel frame with screwed-on underbeams

Front suspension / spring elements: Telescopic fork

Rear suspension / spring elements: Steel swinging fork with central shock strut

Spring travel, front / rear: 120 mm / 90 mm

Wheelbase: 1731 mm

Castor: 150 mm

Steering head angle: 57,3°

Wheels: Spoke wheel (front only)

Rim dimensions, front: 3,5″ x 19″

Rim dimensions, rear: 5,0″ x 16″

Tyre, front: 120/70 R 19

Tyre, rear: 180/65 B16

Brake, front: Twin disc brake, diameter 300 mm, four-piston fixed calipers

Brake, rear: Single disc brakes, diameter 300 mm, four-piston fixed calipers

ABS: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partially integral)

Seat height, unladen: 690 mm
Rider step length, unladen: 1630 mm
Usable tank capacity: approx. 16 l
of which reserve: approx. 4 l
Length: 2440 mm
Height (excluding mirrors): 1126 mm
Height (above mirror, at DIN empty weight): 1232 mm
Width (with mirror): 964 mm
Unladen weight, fully fuelled/road-ready: 345 kg 1)
Max. permitted weight: 560 kg
Max. load (with standard equipment): 215 kg