November 06, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

BMW Concept R 18 /2 revealed in EICMA 2019

BMW Concept R 18 /2: Bike designed for active riding

BMW Motorrad now presents its second sensational concept bike based on a big boxer engine, the BMW Concept R 18 /2. It is the stylistic opposite of the Concept R 18: a modern, dynamic custom cruiser with a performance appeal that is somewhat rougher around the edges.

“In contrast to the classic, elegant BMW Concept R 18, the Concept R 18 /2 draws on its large boxer engine and frame to create a modern custom concept. The Concept R 18 /2 is uniquely extrovert. Elements from the past and future of BMW Motorrad merge here to create a captivating cruiser, making a powerful statement: “It’s a highly emotional bike designed for active riding. At the same time, the Concept R 18 /2 reflects the range of characterizations and customer dreams that we are able to realize using the same backbone,” explains Edgar Heinrich, head of design BMW Motorrad.

The BMW Concept R 18 /2 celebrates the fascination of cruisers in an interpretation that is both sporty and modern. Minimalist handlebar trim together with the deep, elongated proportions promises a dynamic driving experience. The fairing, tear-drop fuel tank, and seat form a flowing line that finds its perfect conclusion in the shortened rear wheel cover.

All body parts are finished in Candy Apple Red metallic, an expressive red tone that highlights the flowing movement on the side. Another striking feature is created by the graphic lines on the painted body parts, which extend from the side and top view of the fuel tank to the wheel cover and are visually prolonged across the seat, giving the Concept Bike a distinctive appeal.

Powering the BMW Concept R 18 /2 is a large 2-cylinder boxer engine with 1800 cc, including modern air/oil cooling and designed in a 1960s aesthetic. The engine is finished in a warm grey tone and has a sporty look, with an integrated breast cover, valve covers in a high-gloss black finish and a black frame.

In addition, it also has a classic and elegantly showcased universal shaft. The striking cast iron wheels with 19-inch at the front and 16-inch at the rear create an equally discreet and dynamic dragster look, authentically rounding off the bike’s overall appearance. Meanwhile features such as high-performance Brembo brake calipers and Hattech stainless steel tailpipe system reflect the close attention to detail.

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