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New BMW R18 cruiser coming!
      #677901 - 05/31/19 10:07 AM

What do you guys think?

New BMW R18 cruiser video

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677903 - 05/31/19 02:05 PM

Mmm. Did BMW take note of how many Bobbers Triumph has been selling? Iím not a big fan of a single purpose motorcycle. And along with that big engine will be a big price I suspect.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: PES]
      #677905 - 05/31/19 03:14 PM

Looks Ok but BMW have done this sort of thing before.When the 900 with the Bikini fairing and then the "james bond" 1200 I thought both times BMW were starting to look at form as well as function but it didn't last long.This one is specifically a "bar hopper" I'd say


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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: findlay13]
      #677906 - 05/31/19 03:26 PM

It's very clean and minimalistic looking, but I never could get around the giant opposed twin engine for looks.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: findlay13]
      #677907 - 05/31/19 03:28 PM

I think its beautiful! I think its gonna cost a lot of money too.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: satxron]
      #677911 - 05/31/19 03:43 PM

I have a 64 R50 and would love to park one of those next to it.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: The_Dog33]
      #677915 - 05/31/19 04:19 PM

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I have a 64 R50 and would love to park one of those next to it.



Yes, I like this bike too ... lots!
Not sure how well the footpeg location works though?
Those cylinder heafs are gonna be hot, unless they have already got that covered.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677917 - 05/31/19 07:56 PM

To my eye the boxer twins have always looked, well, dorky.
On the other hand there is a point where something can be so dorky it's cool.
Not saying this bike looks cool but I would say that BMW is getting closer to rounding the corner.


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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677918 - 05/31/19 09:40 PM

Those massive jugs certainly dominate the look. I'm not sure I like the look but it might grow on me. Tipping one over, even in the parking lot, would likely be a VERY expensive proposition. No way crash bars would work on something that wide and low. Having your feet right behind the cylinders would keep your feet warm in the winter, I'm not sure that would be comfortable in the summer. Interesting, I'm sure we'll see some if it does in fact go into production.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: ladisney]
      #677920 - 06/01/19 04:32 AM

My R50 is a boxer and your feet are in the same position on that. There has never been any discomfort from heat. That being said, my R50 is only 500cc so much smaller jugs.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: The_Dog33]
      #677927 - 06/01/19 11:55 AM

Quote:

My R50 is a boxer and your feet are in the same position on that. There has never been any discomfort from heat. That being said, my R50 is only 500cc so much smaller jugs.



Yes but I am thinking that on a bike like your R50 the seating position is higher (am I right in saying this? That's how it looks to me), which should help.

I have 2 Beemers in my stable (R1100RT and a R1200GS). The jugs are bigger and during a hot day I can sure feel the heat coming off them.
Not that I have ever complained, mind you.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: ladisney]
      #677928 - 06/01/19 12:01 PM

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... No way crash bars would work on something that wide and low.




I wonder what they will come up with to get around that one.

I have carbon fibre cylinder head covers on my R1200GS. I don't know how effective they could be since I also have crash bars.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677945 - 06/02/19 02:39 AM

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I have carbon fibre cylinder head covers on my R1200GS. I don't know how effective they could be since I also have crash bars.




Yes I think protective covers would suffice for low speed or parking fall. I have seen some Moto-Guzzi that have small crash bars bolted to cylinders that may be an option. I like the bike and I liked the "James Bond 1200" It was expensive then and the new one probably will be as well.


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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: NIbiker]
      #677970 - 06/02/19 10:59 AM

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I have carbon fibre cylinder head covers on my R1200GS. I don't know how effective they could be since I also have crash bars.




Yes I think protective covers would suffice for low speed or parking fall. I have seen some Moto-Guzzi that have small crash bars bolted to cylinders that may be an option. I like the bike and I liked the "James Bond 1200" It was expensive then and the new one probably will be as well.




Probably way more expensive, given the engine capacity.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677976 - 06/02/19 05:19 PM

They don't come any more retro and as a great homage to any motorcycle brand's history and heritage, AND in my view beautifully done, than this BMW here.

Too bad in its present form and with its low seat, my reasonably long legs would be bent at the knees more than the usual and most comfortable 90 degrees, and witnessed by how the guy riding it in that video must severely bend his knees to have feet placed on the pegs.

Of course then again I suppose making or finding a higher seat for it wouldn't be that much of a problem.

(...eeh, who am I kiddin' here...as much as I really like the looks of this bike and wouldn't mind at all adding one to my small collection of bikes, I'll probably never purchase one...still, cool as hell machine, though)

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677977 - 06/02/19 05:23 PM

Quote:

Quote:

My R50 is a boxer and your feet are in the same position on that. There has never been any discomfort from heat. That being said, my R50 is only 500cc so much smaller jugs.



Yes but I am thinking that on a bike like your R50 the seating position is higher (am I right in saying this? That's how it looks to me), which should help.

I have 2 Beemers in my stable (R1100RT and a R1200GS). The jugs are bigger and during a hot day I can sure feel the heat coming off them.
Not that I have ever complained, mind you.




Yes, my R50 has a much higher classic seating position. I am not sure if I would want to do that to this or not until sitting on it. Doesn't matter anyway, I am sure the price is way out of what I would be willing to spend.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: The_Dog33]
      #677978 - 06/02/19 05:26 PM

I just went back and watched the beginning of the video again and even the guy riding it in looks to have his knees pretty well bent. I wouldn't like that, and forward is not an option.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677979 - 06/02/19 05:38 PM

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Quote:

My R50 is a boxer and your feet are in the same position on that. There has never been any discomfort from heat. That being said, my R50 is only 500cc so much smaller jugs.



Yes but I am thinking that on a bike like your R50 the seating position is higher (am I right in saying this? That's how it looks to me), which should help.

I have 2 Beemers in my stable (R1100RT and a R1200GS). The jugs are bigger and during a hot day I can sure feel the heat coming off them.
Not that I have ever complained, mind you.




So, still have "Old Paint" in your stable, eh Thanassis?

(...good to hear you still have that faithful steed after all these years)

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Dwight]
      #677980 - 06/02/19 08:06 PM

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Quote:

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My R50 is a boxer and your feet are in the same position on that. There has never been any discomfort from heat. That being said, my R50 is only 500cc so much smaller jugs.



Yes but I am thinking that on a bike like your R50 the seating position is higher (am I right in saying this? That's how it looks to me), which should help.

I have 2 Beemers in my stable (R1100RT and a R1200GS). The jugs are bigger and during a hot day I can sure feel the heat coming off them.
Not that I have ever complained, mind you.




So, still have "Old Paint" in your stable, eh Thanassis?

(...good to hear you still have that faithful steed after all these years)




Ah Sir, you have ridden her for several thousands of miles around Europe and yet you have forgotten her name?
Tut tut ...
Safra (Ali Baba's camel).

Yep Dwight ... she's still going strong.
Roughly just under 300.000 kms to date.
(I say 'roughly' because, as you will remember, the speedo cable would give up every now and again).

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677982 - 06/02/19 08:48 PM

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My R50 is a boxer and your feet are in the same position on that. There has never been any discomfort from heat. That being said, my R50 is only 500cc so much smaller jugs.



Yes but I am thinking that on a bike like your R50 the seating position is higher (am I right in saying this? That's how it looks to me), which should help.

I have 2 Beemers in my stable (R1100RT and a R1200GS). The jugs are bigger and during a hot day I can sure feel the heat coming off them.
Not that I have ever complained, mind you.




So, still have "Old Paint" in your stable, eh Thanassis?

(...good to hear you still have that faithful steed after all these years)




Ah Sir, you have ridden her for several thousands of miles around Europe and yet you have forgotten her name?
Tut tut ...
Safra (Ali Baba's camel).

Yep Dwight ... she's still going strong.
Roughly just under 300.000 kms to date.
(I say 'roughly' because, as you will remember, the speedo cable would give up every now and again).






Oh yeah, "Safra", that's right. I do remember you telling me you named it after Ali Baba's camel, but couldn't remember the name. However, I'm sure you in turn remember me telling you that I had sort of renamed her using an American old west pet name for a favorite and reliable old horse, and that being "Old Paint".

Can't believe my time with "her" has now been 10 whole years ago. Good memories those, ol' buddy!

(...and yeah re the speedo cable...I remember stopping at that Malmo Sweden BMW dealership to have it replaced just before traveling across that long long bridge to Denmark, and while you were heading up to North Cape Norway)

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: The_Dog33]
      #677983 - 06/02/19 09:08 PM

Quote:

I just went back and watched the beginning of the video again and even the guy riding it in looks to have his knees pretty well bent. I wouldn't like that, and forward is not an option.




Yes, that's what I was thinking.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Dwight]
      #677985 - 06/02/19 11:18 PM

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I'm sure you in turn remember me telling you that I had sort of renamed her using an American old west pet name for a favorite and reliable old horse, and that being "Old Paint".




"Old Paint" ... I'll tell her.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: arstaren]
      #677987 - 06/03/19 02:24 AM

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It's very clean and minimalistic looking, but I never could get around the giant opposed twin engine for looks.




Agreed. But air/oil cooled? That will be a very hot engine at 1800 ccs.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Speedmaster05]
      #677988 - 06/03/19 03:26 AM

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It's very clean and minimalistic looking, but I never could get around the giant opposed twin engine for looks.




Agreed. But air/oil cooled? That will be a very hot engine at 1800 ccs.




One would think so.
Who knows? I can't imagine they haven't thought of that.
Otherwise some people are going to get some pretty discolored (or is that colored?) shins.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #677990 - 06/03/19 06:19 AM

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It's very clean and minimalistic looking, but I never could get around the giant opposed twin engine for looks.




Agreed. But air/oil cooled? That will be a very hot engine at 1800 ccs.




One would think so.
Who knows? I can't imagine they haven't thought of that.
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Yeah, that's what we thought about the Indian 1.8L. It runs hot. Really hot.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Speedmaster05]
      #677991 - 06/03/19 07:13 AM

I always loved the look of the boxer engine myself. They cool very well with the jugs sticking out in the wind. I think it would look just as cool with a leaf spring style seat like the one on my R50. They kind of look like they are suspended in the air.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Bedouin]
      #678023 - 06/04/19 03:13 PM

I love the looks. First thing I thought was it looked like the R5 - then he said it's R5 inspired. D'oh
Looks way too uncomfortable to me (with mid mounted pegs).


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Those cylinder heads are gonna be hot, unless they have already got that covered.



Just think of them as more like being highway peg replacements. Sort of, heated leg rests for colder climates!!

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Funkletrumpet]
      #678030 - 06/04/19 05:38 PM

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Those cylinder heads are gonna be hot, unless they have already got that covered.



Just think of them as more like being highway peg replacements. Sort of, heated leg rests for colder climates!!

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I actually do that on mine.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Speedmaster05]
      #678032 - 06/05/19 12:18 AM

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It's very clean and minimalistic looking, but I never could get around the giant opposed twin engine for looks.




Agreed. But air/oil cooled? That will be a very hot engine at 1800 ccs.




One would think so.
Who knows? I can't imagine they haven't thought of that.
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Yeah, that's what we thought about the Indian 1.8L. It runs hot. Really hot.




OH yeah! My Indian Springfield's Thunderstroke 111 (cu.in) engine while being one of THE most gorgeous motorcycle engines ever (and one of the primary reasons I'd purchase it) sure DOES get pretty darn hot while riding it around during the summer months.

(...what with that big ol' rear cylinder head sittin' right 'tween my thighs)

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: Dwight]
      #678313 - 06/24/19 08:06 PM

It sure is a good looking Chromehead. Maybe the heat off those cylinder heads will overcome the strain of the +90 angle of the knee for anyone over 5'8". Perhaps as an option they could add a built in Tens machine for some of us Senior riders.

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Re: New BMW R18 cruiser coming! [Re: SMJoe]
      #678316 - 06/25/19 05:06 AM

It's a cool looking " custom" but I just can't see this selling big numbers.

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