BMW R18: review, history, specs

Class: heritage / cruiser
Production: April 2020+

BMW R18 (Europe, USA), 2020+
BMW R18 Classic (Europe, USA), 2020+
BMW R18 B (Europe, USA), 2021+
BMW R18 Transcontinental (Europe, USA), 2021+
BMW R18 100 Years (2023)

History


MarketsProductionName & Codes
EuropeApril 2020+Name: BMW R18
Parts Catalog Code: 0L11
EuropeOctober 2020+Name: BMW R18 Classic
Parts Catalog Code: 0L21
EuropeJuly 2021+Name: BMW R18 B
Parts Catalog Code: 0L31
EuropeJuly 2021+Name: BMW R18 Transcontinental
Parts Catalog Code: 0L41
USAApril 2020+Name: BMW R18
Parts Catalog Code: 0L13
USAOctober 2020+Name: BMW R18 Classic
Parts Catalog Code: 0L23
USAJuly 2021+Name: BMW R18 B
Parts Catalog Code: 0L33
USAJuly 2021+Name: BMW R18 Transcontinental
Parts Catalog Code: 0L43

Electronic equipment BMW R18 (basic & optional):

  • ABS
  • ASC (Automatic Stability Control)
  • Riding Mode
  • Cruise Control
  • Reverser
  • HSC (Hill Start Control)
  • Heated grips
  • DBC (Dynamic Brake Control)
  • Adaptive Headlight
  • Keyless Ride

Specifications


BMW R18: specs.

DIMENSIONS
Overall length2440 mm / 96,1 in — R18, R18 Classic

2560 mm / 100,8 in — R18 B

2640 mm / 103,9 in — R18 Transcontinental
Overall width964 mm / 37,9 in — R18, R18 Classic

1040 mm / 40,9 in — R18 B, R18 Transcontinental
Overall height1232 mm / 48,5 in – R18

1342 mm / 52,8 in – R18 Classic

1400 mm / 55,1 in — R18 B

1500 mm / 59,0 in — R18 Transcontinental
Seat height690 mm / 27,1 in – standard R18, optional low R18 Classic

710 mm / 31,7 in – standard R18 Classic, optional high R18

720 mm / 28,3 in — R18 B

740 mm / 29,1 in — R18 Transcontinental
Wheelbase1731 mm / 68,1 in — R18, R18 Classic

1695 mm / 66,7 in — R18 B, R18 Transcontinental
Ground clearance
Dry weight
Curb (wet) weight345 kg / 760 lbs – R18

365 kg / 805 lbs – R18 Classic

398 kg / 877 lbs — R18 B

427 kg / 941 lbs — R18 Transcontinental
FRAME
Frame (type)Double-cradle steel frame with screwed-on underbeams
Front suspension, travel49 mm telescopic fork, 120 mm / 4,7 in
Rear suspension, travelSwingarm with monoshock (adjustable spring pre-load), 90 mm / 3,5 in — R18, R18 Classic

Swingarm with monoshock (electrohydraulic
spring preload with automatic ride
compensation), 120 mm / 4,7 in — R18 B, R18 Transcontinental
Front tire size120/70 R19 – R18, R18 B, Transcontinental

130/90 B16 – R18 Classic
Rear tire size180/65 B16
Front brakeDouble disc, 300 mm, 4-piston calipers (ABS)
Rear brakeSingle disc, 300 mm, 4-piston caliper (ABS)
Fuel capacity16,0 l / 4,22 US gal (reserve – 4,0 l) — R18, R18 Classic

24,0 l / 6,34 US gal (reserve – 4,0 l) — R18 B, R18 Transcontinental
Fuel economy / consumption5,6 l / 100 km (42 US mpg)1 — R18, R18 Classic

5,8 l / 100 km (40 US mpg)2 — R18 B, R18 Transcontinental
ENGINE
Engine (type)Air&Oil-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangementFlat twin (boxer)
Bore & Stroke107,1 x 100,0 mm
Displacement1802 cm³ (109,96 cu in)
Compression ratio9.6:1
Valve trainChain driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power91,0 hp (67,0 kW) / 4750 rpm
Max. torque158,0 Nm (16,0 kg-m) / 3000 rpm
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph)4,8 sec.3
Top speed180 km/h (112 mph)4
Fuel system (type)Fuel injection
DRIVE TRAIN
ClutchSingle dry plate, hydraulic operated
Transmission6-speed
Final driveShaft
Gear ratio

I
II
III
IV
V

VI


2.438
1.696
1.296
1.065
0.903
0.784
ELECTRICAL
Ignition systemBMS-0 with twin spark
AlternatorThree-phase generator, 14V / 600W — R18, R18 Classic

Three-phase generator, 14V / 660W — R18 B, R18 Transcontinental
Battery capacity12V-26Ah

Images


BMW R18: images, gallery.

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BMW R18 Classic
BMW R18 Classic
BMW R18 B
BMW R18 Transcontinental

Videos


BMW R18: video.

Manuals


BMW R18 / R18 Classic: documentation.

Links

  1. Rider’s Manuals R18 / R18 Classic| Fuel consumption, according to WMTC
  2. bmw-motorrad.co.uk| R18 B / R18 Transcontinental | Consumption per 100 km based on the WMTC
  3. adac.de | “BMW R 18: Der Big Cruiser im Fahrbericht” | Fahrleistungen, Verbrauch, 0-100 km/h
  4. Rider’s Manuals R18 / R18 Classic| Top speed