BMW R 18 Classic


The new BMW r 18 Classic.


The R 18 Classic is a modern cruiser with a nostalgic sense of BMW design. It reminds one of the beginnings, of the first cruisers suitable for touring. It also invokes timeless marks of our motorcycle history. The heart of the machine is obviously the boxer with the most displacement we have ever built. It stands for relaxing tours and pure enjoyment.


The first step is the easiest – the A2 variant of the R 18 Classic

The R 18 Classic is also available in an A2-compliant variant with 95 HP. This variant can be throttled, meaning your machine supports you when you hold your A2 driver’s license. You can enjoy the intuitive handling of the R 18 Classic from the very beginning.


For the R 18 Classic First Edition, we brought back to life distinctive characteristics from BMW Motorrad tradition: The First Edition is characterised by its white double lining and chrome design options as well as the sticker and logo.

The drop-shaped tank is an icon from our history and emphasises – as does the elongated end silencer – the typical streamlined flyline of the R 18 Classic. Its double cradle steel frame envelopes the enormous sculptured engine that turns every mile into an experience.


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