Table of contents
- BMW R18 48 hp A2 version Giant engine for the little bill
- 1,800 cubic and 48 hp
- 140 Nm at the beginning
- 365 kilos for beginners
BMW is back in the cruiser segment. MOTORRAD was already able to drive the Big Boxer.
Regardless of whether the driver measures 1.70 meters or 1.99 meters – despite the protruding cylinders, you sit relaxed on the R 18.
In sixth gear, the 1800 boxer turns 2200 rpm at 100 km / h and is hardly present.
Even 120 km / h still feels casual at 2700 rpm, but now it tingles slightly in the handlebars.
At 140 km / h the crankshaft rotates 3100 times per minute and the vibrations are noticeable.
In rain mode, the boxer reacts so cautiously to gas commands that the suspicion arises that they stole half of his 91 horses from the stable.
In rock mode, the 1.800 hangs extremely directly on the gas and snaps the car wonderfully powerfully from corner exit to corner entrance.
The R 18 swings purposefully, precisely and relatively lightly from one lean angle to the other.
The chasing around corners is only stopped by the footpegs that hit the ground quite early, BMW promises a 30 degree incline.
The rather tight chassis set-up in connection with a modest 130 mm at the front and 90 mm at the rear as a path allows a very agile driving style.
Chopper / cruiser
BMW R18 A2: 48 hp from 1,800 cubic meters possible
BMW R18 48 hp A2 version
Giant engine for the little bill
It seems absurd at first, but BMW seems to want to offer the giant boxer R18 in an A2 version with 47.5 hp. Presumably from autumn, ex works and possibly at no extra charge.
Numbers game: if you want to drive 18-hundred cubic meters at the age of 18, you could take an R18 from BMW. Rumors of an A2 version of the giant boxer with 35 kW or 47.5 hp are growing. Available ex works and directly from autumn, so it can be read in French media.
1,800 cubic and 48 hp
The boxer of the R18 normally draws 91 hp from 1,800 cubic meters and balances 158 Nm on the cardan. The top values are the revs of a diesel engine: at 3,000 revs the maximum torque comes, only 1,750 revolutions per minute later the maximum power is available. So far so good. The look at the performance curves the BMW in MOTORRAD 09/21 shows: The engine delivers the A2-compliant 35 kW already at a good 2,400 tours, i.e. just above idling speed.
140 Nm at the beginning
Relaxing? No, at the same time the boxer is already pressing a good 140 Nm on the clutch. So there would be more than enough power. Anyone who remembers their first throttled 500er with pain: The R18 pushes more than that Triple the chronicler’s CX 500 at this time. The imagined performance data is only correct, however, if BMW goes the simple way of limiting the speed to throttling. Simply via software without any further changes to the twist grip or throttle valve positions. The idea of a free measure for BMW customers would be plausible, as it would ultimately be a click of the mouse in the workshop. The costs for the changes to the registration certificates would then come on top, which at a good 21,000 euros for a standard R18 would be a negligible amount.
Chopper / cruiser
BMW R18 meets Harley Sport Glide
R18 Black Edition from MB Cycles
365 kilos for beginners
To land back at the CX 500 and the early years of the writer: The BMW weighs a proud 365 kilograms with a full tank, 150 more than the old manure pump. And even then it was not a lightweight. That shouldn’t go unmentioned: Given the weight, the performance of the standing and falling bike is completely irrelevant.
Harley, too, had throttled its cruisers down to 27 hp many years ago. Still sufficient for surfing the big torque wave. These variants are no longer in the factory program. At BMW, an A2 variant for the R18 seems to be coming. Then 365 kilos, 140 Nm and 47.5 hp would hit 18-year-olds in case of doubt. Interesting combination. On the other hand, the R18 costs 20,950 euros. The number of eighteen-year-olds who can afford this should be limited. Just like the rest of the demand.
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