2021 BMW R18 Review – First Ride

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By Evans Brasfield

2021 BMW R18

Editor Score: 84.0%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 10.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 7.0/10
Appearance/Quality 10/10
Desirability 8.5/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 84/100

BMW has been teasing us for quite a while, and now that we have it in our hands, the 2021 BMW R18 truly is a thing of beauty. Rolling motorcycle art, if you will. Just walking around the bike slowly taking in the detail work that this embodiment of BMW’s past heritage wrapped in modern technology is a visual feast. From the exposed shaft drive to the polarizing fishtail exhaust to the chromed-out master cylinders of the First Edition trim to the modern headlight in a vintage shell, the R18 exudes quality. Starting the 1802cc oil/air-cooled boxer Twin sets the whole bike rocking side-to-side at the 950 rpm idle speed, pulsing like it’s alive.

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With all these positive attributes surrounding this initial release of the R18, I had to wonder why, after riding it the first time, I wasn’t more excited by the bike. With BMW following the unusual order of providing me with the bike before briefing me or giving me the media kit, I attended the virtual media introduction with this question in mind, and by the time I exited the Zoom meeting, I think I found my answer.

BMW considers the R18 to be the company’s first foray into the cruiser market. When the R1200C was inevitably brought up by one of the briefing’s attendees, the response served as both the truth and a deflection at the same time. According to Edgar Heinrich, Chief Designer BMW Motorrad, the R1200C wasn’t really a cruiser (that we can all agree on, even if the C was supposed to mean …read more

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