“With this dream bike, BMW Motorrad presents its own version of an emotional and authentic offer for the large cruiser segment,” just announced Dr. Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad, describing the design of this new ride. This year BMW Motorrad presents the BMW Motorrad Concept R18. The new concept is taking historical motorcycle design and giving it a modern, custom attitude.

The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 shows how a forward projection of a 1960s boxer engine could look like today as a purist custom bike in combination with all the classic design icons of BMW Motorrad design. “With its clear aesthetics openly on display, the Concept R18 embodies for me what motorcycling, at its core, is really about. It is all about feeling instead of thinking, and not using technology for self-staging, instead of giving space for imagination. This concept bike appeals to something deep down – you just want to just get on it and ride off. But when you get off it again, you don’t just put it in the garage and walk away – you turn around again and give it a final parting glance”, explains Edgar Heinrich, head of BMW Motorrad Design.

The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is immediately recognizable as a genuine BMW: boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft and drop-shaped fuel tank with its black paintwork and hand-applied contrast lines interpret typical design icons of BMW Motorrad classics while displaying confidence along with modern-style linearity. The balanced proportions are reminiscent of classics like the BMW R5 and convey – even from a distance – the timeless beauty that comes about whenever things are consistently reduced to their bare essentials. 

Officials say a production version is coming in 2020.

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