BMW Motorrad build on R 18 platform with Classic edition

BMW Motorrad have continued to build on their R 18 cruiser platform with the release of the Classic edition, with this, the second variant in the range, to be offered in three specification levels.

Buyers can choose from a standard Classic, a Custom and a Deluxe. The new model, which joins the R 18 that launched locally last year, borrows from famous models such as the iconic R 5 of 1936.

It shifts the focus back onto motorcycle essentials with purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the dominant focal point. Its heritage-inspired design cues are merged in the R 18 Classic, with contemporary technology creating a compelling concept.

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“The R 18 Classic brings a host of iconic touches and features to our first-ever cruiser, the R 18, which made a huge impression on the local market at launch last year,” BMW Motorrad Australia general manager Andreas Lundgren said.

“The R 18 and R 18 Classic showcase BMW’s manufacturing and design expertise with a product that delivers incredible road presence and amazing levels of riding enjoyment. Performance or presence, that ‘Big Boxer’ is truly an engine to behold.”

2021 BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 First Edition
2021 BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 First Edition

The R 18 Classic embodies nostalgic styling cues and has more touring features than the R 18 First Edition. Fitted standard is a large windscreen, LED auxiliary lights, cruise control, saddlebags and a 16-inch front wheel.

The R 18 Classic will retail for $30,863 ride away, with automatic stability control, ABS, three riding modes, keyless ride, spoke wheels, adjustable rear suspension with preload, telescopic front forks and twin front brakes as standard.

Added to these are an LED lighting package, 12-volt power socket, dynamic engine brake control, adjustable hand levers, saddlebags and cruise control. The R 18 Classic Custom receives all this, plus a lockable fuel cap, hill start control and adaptive headlight.

Heated grips and an anti theft alarm complete the inclusions. It retails for $32,448 ride away. The R 18 Classic Deluxe is the final piece in puzzle and comes with a ride away price of $37,598.

It receives all the goodies of the R 18 Classic Custom, plus floorboards, First Edition pinstripes and chrome, and reverse gear (which is optional on the other two variants). For more info, contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic
2021 BMW R 18 Classic
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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