The BMW Motorrad coded R has received a pretty good reception in the market. Currently, the BMW R 18 exists as an old flagship cruiser. However, rumors circulated that he would not be standing on stage alone. Reportedly, the German motorbike manufacturer is developing a smaller figure than the heritage motorbike, coded R12.
The design and layout of the R 18 is almost a masterpiece. Although the scratches are not exaggerated, BMW’s historical value is truly shed. It’s just that in a modern perspective: Armed with sophisticated devices. It’s a shame if it’s just translated in a single form.
When talking about an options perspective, competitors are also able to provide varied models. Call it Harley-Davidson, to fight the R 18 alone they have many forms. With Milwaukee 114 engine ammunition. Not to mention there is still a similar style with the lower segmentation. Meanwhile, BMW needs to work with one figure. Starting from these two points, it seems to make sense that the Bavarian factory is indeed in the development of a successor to the R18.
So what is the basis of the motorbike? We think the R12 code is quite explicit in driving expectations to the R nine T platform. It is both a heritage category. Of course, with a boxer engine format, according to BMW history. And technically it feels relevant if you have to be crammed into a cruiser. Although there may be an adjustment about the gear ratio.
The engine has 1,170 cc 8-valve boxer two-cylinder. The engine strength is able to carve the number 112 HP out in low rotation. While the torque is also strong, around 116 Nm at the lower rpm range too. Not something lame. Even so competing with an equivalent volume machine belonging to a rival.
Who exactly would be competitors if this model existed? Nothing else, is the Harley-Davidson Sportster lineup. Not the 900 cc series, of course. It’s the 1,200 cc Evolution V-Twin heart type. One of them is Forty-Eight. He is often the first choice for Harley-Davidson fans. Positioning is right. Not too small, not too big. Naturally popular. Its distinctive two-cylinder configuration both have a strong character at the bottom rotation. But when compared to 1,200 cc BMW, the output is inferior.
BMW’s potential if playing in this position should be quite promising. We know, the R 18 is priced quite high. It seems that it is not so easy for many people to access. For example, in Indonesia the value is $ 69,500. If only it could be reduced by a quarter, even up to half, maybe more and more eyes would glance and feel rational to ask for her hand.
Especially if the derivative features of the R 18 can be maintained. When looking at competitors like nothing. Because he has a myriad of sophisticated devices to make it safe and comfortable when driving a big cruiser. Or even if it is trimmed, at least the basic computing in the motorbike is already interesting.
New BMW R 18 Available in Two Variants
So far, the figure of the R 18 has only been translated into two concepts. The basic one looks minimalist without many accessories, while the other one is equipped with long roaming equipment. The standard and touring series have a price difference of $ 6.915. However, both types reached $ 69.154 on the Road conditions.
The difference is; the touring version is installed with a super high windshield to blow away the wind and does not torture the face when riding. The design of the mica edges and supports is so neat. Fit adorns its classic form. Also, the addition of two round LED lights on the side of the headlight – in addition to enhancing the appearance – serves to increase illumination in low-light areas.
If the first edition comes in a single seat format, this series also adds seats for passengers. The foam and its dimensions are not just there. Seems quite comfortable to sit on. Simultaneously, it does not damage the old appearance, aka proportional.
Next, to increase the capacity, the saddle bag on the left and right side of the back is hung. Actually, it has a hard case material to keep it strong and provide maximum space. However, it is nicely finished by a textured black leather wrap. Of course, as a sweetener the bond uses a belt model.
Finally, the rims are given different accents. Especially up front. 16 inches in diameter, wrapped in 130/90 tires. As a result, from the front of the motorbike it looks more violent, Wide, and filled. Meanwhile, the rest will still adopt the first edition basis, from the technical start of the machine to the completeness of features.
Uniform machines and technology; The 1,800 cc boxer engine is capable of reaching 91 hp starting from 4,750 rpm. And 157 Nm of torque comes out in the 2,000 rpm – 4,000 rpm range. The focal point clearly provides the perfect torsion moment, he claims, it can go up to 178 kph.
The supporting components are also relevant to today’s technology. The gasoline supply system is electronic injection, which should be precise in distributing fuel. And the throttle response mechanism too, is wrapped in cutting-edge technology. It adopts a throttle-by-wire system. That’s why there is a lace mode along with electronic traction control.
Interestingly, the six-speed gearbox is not just an ordinary transmission. The MSR sensor works to reduce the effect of the engine brake being too excited, when down shifting from high rotation. Similar to a slipper clutch, but completely using a computer system. Then distribution to the rear wheels, following the ancestors using the drive shaft which is exposed on the right side. It should be, the power delivery process is more instant and resilient than a chain or belt.
To start the motor, the R 18 is equipped with a smart lock system. Simply put the remote in your pocket as soon as it turns on. However, there are things that are still maintained conservatively. To lock the handlebar, we must turn the key on the right side of the frame. And make a tank lid opener, using the same key. Interesting right?
Continue about deceleration, if a competitor feels a combination of two discs is enough, not for them; the front wheel is guarded by two large discs with four-piston calipers each. Which of course is made by Brembo. Even at the back, the disc is flanked by the same type of caliper, not differentiated at all.
Each is connected to ABS for safety during hard braking. And uniquely; when operating the front brake automatically the rear clamp works. Like the combi brake mechanism. The proportion is divided by 70 percent in front and 30 percent behind. If you step on the foot brake pedal, completely stop the rear wheel.