In December 1922, BMW chief designer Max Friz put the first full-scale BMW motorcycle on the drawing board. At its heart is an air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine. 

The first BMW motorcycle, the R 32, was presented in September 1923. This heralded the beginning of BMW motorcycle production and launched an unprecedented success story.

To celebrate its 100-year history, BMW Motorrad is now presenting the protagonists of the Heritage experience world. The R 18 Cruiser with big boxer – as 100 Years edition model. 


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In keeping with the year in which BMW Motorrad was founded, both models are limited to 1923 units each.


BMW R 18 100 Years: The big boxer gets designed using a special paintwork and surface concept with Classic Chrome.

The unmissable centrepiece of the R 18 100 Years is the 67 kW (91 hp) boxer engine with the most significant displacement ever installed by BMW Motorrad. 

Both technically and visually, the BMW R 18 borrows from famous BMW models such as the BMW R 5. It focuses on the essentials of motorcycling. Purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the epicentre of riding pleasure. 

Numerous unique features and a high-grade surface concept in the anniversary edition of the R 18 also complement the big boxer.


18 r 100 years

The colour scheme of the R 18 100 Years like that of the anniversary model of the R nineT. Is in Classic Chrome and thus combines black paintwork, high-gloss chrome surfaces, white double lining, and a 100 Years badge. 

The paint-on-chrome concept in Classic Chrome is also found on the rear wheel cover in combination with a white double lining. The front wheel cover and the side covers are painted in black, complemented by white double lining on the front mudguard. 

The Option 719 seat is upholstered in the bicolour combination black/oxblood with high-quality diamond embossing blends harmoniously.

As a symbolic colour scheme of the outstanding BMW Motorrad tradition. Black also adorns the engine, transmission housing and rear axle drive.

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The exact designation is Avus Black – a reminiscence of Berlin’s legendary high-speed race track. Where BMW Motorrad once celebrated great racing successes, and where the Avus monument with BMW Motorrad factory rider Ernst Henne still commemorates it today. 

Berlin is also home to the BMW Motorrad production plant. The plant in Berlin-Spandau is not only a production site but also the lead plant for the international motorcycle production of BMW Motorrad.

Numerous chrome parts from the Chrome design option complement the 18 r 100 Years. High-quality and durable galvanic surface coating on these parts.Handlebar fittings, gearshift and foot brake levers, handlebar clamps, handlebar weights, mirrors, master cylinders, brake callipers, engine casing covers, cylinder head covers and intake manifold trims.

via BMW Motorrad and Rideapart

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