A couple of years ago, BMW entered in Cruiser segment by unveiling the R18.

This model stands entirely in the tradition of old BMW motorcycles – technically and in terms of design style.

It borrows from famous models such as the BMW R 5 both technologically and visually, shifting the focus back onto the motorcycle essentials.


Purist, no-frills technology, and the boxer engine as the epicentre of riding pleasure.


The highlights of the new BMW R 18

  • Iconic style blending modern technology with authentic materials.
  • Biggest ever BMW boxer engine with a capacity of 1 802 cc.
  • Output 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750 rpm, maximum torque 158 Nm at 3 000 rpm.
  • More than 150 Nm are available from 2 000 to 4 000 rpm.
  • Exposed driveshaft based on the classic role model.
  • Elaborately crafted double-loop steel tube frame.
  • Rear swingarm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.
  • Telescopic fork with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut featuring travel-dependent damping.
  • Balanced ergonomics for relaxed riding and optimum control.
  • Disc brakes front and rear, with wire-spoked wheels.
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting technology, classically interpreted.
  • Adaptive turning light for even better road illumination when cornering as an ex-factory option.
  • Classically designed circular instrument with integrated display.
  • Keyless Ride for convenient function activation by remote control.
  • Three standard riding modes, ASC and MSR.
  • Reverse assist for comfortable manoeuvring and Hill Start Control for natural hill starts as ex-factory options.
  • The R 18 First Edition: exclusive look in paint and chrome.
  • Extensive range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories as well as an excellent Ride & Style Collection.


And now we see R18 getting new exhausts.

The extensive customising programme from BMW Motorrad for the BMW R 18 is now getting a sonorous boost from new Akrapovič rear silencers. 97 mm shorter than the two standard rear silencers, they are made of durable stainless steel, coated in matt black and, together with a silver end cap adjustable in 90-degree steps, give the rear end of the R 18 a decidedly sporty appearance.

The stylised BMW brand symbol – the “propeller” – in the centre of the end cap acts as a fine, high-grade detail and unique identification mark. One screwed-in heat protection plate each in the area of the manifold connection of the slip-on rear silencers protects the rider’s footwear in this area.

With a combined weight of 8.2 kg, the two Akrapovič rear silencers are 1 kg lighter than the standard models, underlining the sporty note. The new rear silencers have been optimally tuned to the 1,802 cubic centimetres “Big Boxer” of the R 18 and make for vibrant and powerful sound. 

Enting these rear silencers in the vehicle documents are unnecessary as they have been homologated together with the complete vehicle.

The new Akrapovič rear silencers and the BMW Motorrad Bobber Kit for the R 18 complement each other exceptionally well. 

The BMW Motorrad Hommage single seat in bobber style, the flat rear mudguard and the black number plate holder create a concise, crisp rear end that is perfectly underlined by the new rear silencers.

Source: BMW Motorrad

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