BMW Motorrad has announced the launch of the all-new R 18 Classic cruiser. The brute cruiser is priced at Rs 24 lakhs (ex-showroom, India). With the launch of this, BMW Motorrad have increased their cruiser portfolio which previously consisted only of the BMW R 18.
What is new?
The R 18 Classic cruiser has a few significant upgrades such as a large windscreen, the addition of a passenger seat, a set of saddlebags on either side of the rear wheel, LED fog lights apart from the headlights and a 16-inch front wheel. Apart from these changes the bike is nearly identical to its sibling.
The BMW R 18 Classic retains the same 2-cylinder 1802cc boxer engine which produces 90bhp and 158Nm of torque which is mated to constant mesh 6-speed transmission. In addition, BMW hasn’t skimmed out on electronic aids such as Automatic Stability Control, Dynamic Engine Brake Control, Hill Start Control, Electronic Cruise Control and also offers three riding modes – Rain, Roll and Rock.
At the launch, Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “BMW Motorrad made a striking entry into the cruiser segment with the BMW R 18. Building on the success and popularity of BMW’s first cruiser in India, we now present the BMW R 18 Classic with a reimagined, even more iconic character. The eye-catching styling of the BMW R 18 Classic adds on to the riding experience and evokes the emotions of a bygone era. While the design calls on the historic roots, the state-of-the-art technology and riding dynamics provide the most authentic, unparalleled experience one can enjoy on two wheels. This motorcycle will have an enormous appeal for motorcyclists who live for unforgettable cruising moments.”
With the launch of the R 18 and R 18 Classic, BMW does not face any direct competition but in terms of price, it faces competition from the 2500cc Triumph Rocket 3 which is Rs 6 lakhs cheaper than the BMW and costs around Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom, India). But that being said, BMW does offer smaller displacement and lesser output than the Rocket 3.