The BMW R18 cruiser will launch in certain Asian market next month. BMW Motorrad began accepting bookings for the R18 cruiser back in April and over the last month has made its way to dealerships across the very few market. A dealer we spoke to said the price is expected to be revealed on September 19 and that both variants, Standard and First Edition, will be available here. Stay tune with us for more auto news in Nepal.
There’s a lot to talk about BMW’s latest addition to the cruiser segment, but the massive 1,802cc, air and oil-cooled engine that powers the R18 is its crown jewel. This engine is the largest ‘boxer’ engine manufactured by BMW Motorrad. Another mechanical aspect that really sets this BMW apart is the use of an exposed drive shaft; this is similar to the old BMW cruisers from which the R18 draws inspiration. BMW is offering a wide range of customisation options that tweak the bike’s design to suit individual tastes. This includes custom-made seats, exhausts, side panels, and even a handlebar, giving you the opportunity to transform this motorcycle as per your liking.
The R18 has three riding modes, Rain, Roll and Rock; a fun take on the usual Rain, Road and Sport. In addition, there's switchable automatic stability control (ASC) and engine drag torque control or MSR. The latter prevents rear-wheel slip under hard acceleration or aggressive downshifts. BMW also offers a reverse gear driven by an electric motor. This will probably come in handy, since the R18 tips the scales at a solid 345kg.
Like we mentioned above, BMW will offer the R18 in two trims, Standard and First Edition. The First Edition gets extra chrome elements, a Blackstorm metallic paint shade, and a seat badge with a 'First Edition' clasp on the chrome cover. It also includes some more intricate additions like a tank emblem with copper letterings, copper screws, a pair of gloves, as well as a screwdriver to fix the emblem on the tank. Additionally, the First Edition will also feature hill-start assist, heated grips and cornering headlights. For now regarding the news we are yet not sure when BMW will launch R18 bike in Nepal.