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So BMW has been teasing us with their concept for some time now. Some guys spotted the prototype and finally, BMW officially announced the launch a few weeks back (Source : iMotorbike). What do you guys think of it? I'm really triggered to hear the 1.8L boxer engine lol
 

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I really like it.

As the owner of 5 BMW's in the past, I appreciate the ease of regular maintenance, with those beautiful (JUG's) right out in the open making valve adjustments a piece of cake. Shaft final drive is Wonderful. I don't know whether the new engine has a wet or dry clutch but we will see.

The overall design looks good to me and depending on the suggested retail price, this bike may sell like Hotcakes.

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Interesting. I'm curious how a huge air-cooled boxer compares to a huge air-cooled v-twin in smoothness & power. The seat looks a bit too low for comfort to me but production models may be different.
 

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Wot JB said about the seat. Most bikes have the seat too high, but going too low does not fix the problem. Bikes that can be made to fit 28 to 36 legs seems like a good idea to me.
Large cc air and oiled cooled is a simple way to get good power. My old air cooled XS1100 has enough power. I have an oil cooler on one of the spare engines.

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I am by no means a mechanic or engineer of bikes. But what I have been told in the past is that having a directly opposed engine will produce more power and torque with no vibration as compared to a V style engine. I have also read on other forums that unless the V style is 45 degrees, there will be a great deal of vibration. Just passing along what I remember.
 

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That looks a LOT prettier to me than many of the other bikes that BMW has offered in recent years.
Many of them struck me as JPU. (just plain ugly)
 

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I am by no means a mechanic or engineer of bikes. But what I have been told in the past is that having a directly opposed engine will produce more power and torque with no vibration as compared to a V style engine. I have also read on other forums that unless the V style is 45 degrees, there will be a great deal of vibration. Just passing along what I remember.
i can vouch for that. I've owned four older BMWs, and two Goldwings, all horizontally opposed.
My present ride is a 99 1500 Goldwing.
SMOOTH AS SILK and goes like heck.
 

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My 1150cc boxer produces a noticeable buzz in the handlebars at around 5000 rpm. Most of us just accept it or even appreciate it; part of the character of the bike. The vibration is a rocking couple caused by each connecting rod being on its own crankshaft pin. When BMW started producing the 1200cc boxers they needed to add a counterbalancer shaft to tame the vibration.

I believe I've read that the new 1800 also has a counterbalancer. I've also read that it produces humongous torque at low rpm, not like the typical Beemer boxer. Should be fun to ride if the ergonomics are good.
 

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If it looks anything like this then they might very well have a winner. If it does have that low a seat it would be the the answer to a lot a folks but us long legged will need something to remedy that and let us search out. If that guy is 5'10" it might work but I don't think he's that tall. I like that riding position to help with bumps on gravel roads and the shaft drive of course.
 

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I tried the 18b last year. The seat was a bit high for me.
 

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I just hope that they offer it in some BRIGHT colors instead of gray and black.
 

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Just picked up my R18 First Edition. I turn 70 next year, am 6'2" and run marathons so I'm in the shape. This thing is still a monster with incredible torque even whilst idling. The seat is way low for me but not too uncomfortable. I still have a 1975 R75/6 that I bought new; 2011 Harley Softail Special Deluxe; and a 2012 GS 1200 Rallye. I've also ridden tons of other bikes around the world during my 40 yr Army career. None of them compare to the R18. It truly is in a league of it's own. It's godawful heavy at 760lbs, 70 more than my HD. It's 38" wide which will make lanesplitting here in SoCal a chore. If you sneeze while accelerating you may get thrown off the bike if you don't watch the throttle. The roll on speed is tremendous. I have yet to hit 6th gear. It has a claw gear transmission, unlike standard spiral gear trans in other bikes. Electrically assisted so I am experiencing growing pains. I was having a lot of trouble downshifting. Whether at speed or once stopped. Slipping the clutch did not help. I found that if I touched only the tip of the shift lever then it would downshift. Upshifting was fine. Called my dealer and he
said it's too early for the factory to be commenting on field fixes. I would expect that to change as more riders accumulate more miles. Esthetically it is a beautiful bike with extraordinary lines. A true departure from typical BMW styling. I plan on blacking out a lot of chrome. Exhaust header and muffler, also both heads. Too much chrome there. Looking forward to other comments from happy owners.
 

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Welcome to a great Forum!

I was born in Southern CA, last residence was in Hemet, Daughter lives in Riverside and Son in Manhattan Beach. I'm 73.

We moved to Missouri in 2000----but my friend, I sure miss the ocean, as a Scuba Diver, Deep Sea fisherman, Power boater and sail boat owner in Marina's from Bolsa Chica to Ventura, I wish I could teleport myself there!!

I bought my Electra Glide at Skip Fordyce HD, in Riverside, and was a member of Palm Springs HD's HOG chapter and ABATE 48 Inland Empire.

I have owned 5 BMW's and love the brand. Best was my K1200LTC and my R1100GS.

I have yet to see the new R18 but on the Web, it is very beautiful and I'm impressed. I bought mine at Brown BMW in Pomona and another at 'Fun bike center' in San Diego.

Enjoy and I'm sure that shifting will loosen up with some more miles on it!

Now, ride to the Rock Store and of course Cooks Corner and Ortega highway and show the folks what a real motorcycle looks like!

Sam:)
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Beast it is but I am shocked at the abysmal engineering with the shifter. Every manufacturer of anything operated by people, e.g. planes, boats, cars, trains, motorcycles, etc, has input from ergonomic specialists. Whomever was this link for the BMW R18 dropped the ball big time with the interference of the kickstand with the toe shift. I'm a size 11 boot, which isn't overly large by a longshot. I can't use the toe shift unless I splay out the foot in order to catch the shift with the edge of the boot. Downshifting is the most significant interference. See attached pic.
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This is shocking.
 

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Welcome to a great Forum!

I was born in Southern CA, last residence was in Hemet, Daughter lives in Riverside and Son in Manhattan Beach. I'm 73.

We moved to Missouri in 2000----but my friend, I sure miss the ocean, as a Scuba Diver, Deep Sea fisherman, Power boater and sail boat owner in Marina's from Bolsa Chica to Ventura, I wish I could teleport myself there!!

I bought my Electra Glide at Skip Fordyce HD, in Riverside, and was a member of Palm Springs HD's HOG chapter and ABATE 48 Inland Empire.

I have owned 5 BMW's and love the brand. Best was my K1200LTC and my R1100GS.

I have yet to see the new R18 but on the Web, it is very beautiful and I'm impressed. I bought mine at Brown BMW in Pomona and another at 'Fun bike center' in San Diego.

Enjoy and I'm sure that shifting will loosen up with some more miles on it!

Now, ride to the Rock Store and of course Cooks Corner and Ortega highway and show the folks what a real motorcycle looks like!

Sam:)
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See my post today. Kickstand is blocking my toe from reaching the shifter! Piss poor engineering.
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I don't see much of a way around that engineering problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Normally I would say adjust the linkage up or down which I have done on lots of new bikes. Let us know what the solution is! :poop:

I love the bike though and I want your impressions of the OMG torque! 😁

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I ordered a heel toe shifter running board set up but doubt that will help much. For my size sliding the foot rearward to afford clearance is annoying as all heck
Yes the torque is unlike anything I've ridden in over 60 yrs of various 2 wheel contraptions!
 

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Just picked up my R18 First Edition. I turn 70 next year, am 6'2" and run marathons so I'm in the shape. This thing is still a monster with incredible torque even whilst idling. The seat is way low for me but not too uncomfortable. I still have a 1975 R75/6 that I bought new; 2011 Harley Softail Special Deluxe; and a 2012 GS 1200 Rallye. I've also ridden tons of other bikes around the world during my 40 yr Army career. None of them compare to the R18. It truly is in a league of it's own. It's godawful heavy at 760lbs, 70 more than my HD. It's 38" wide which will make lanesplitting here in SoCal a chore. If you sneeze while accelerating you may get thrown off the bike if you don't watch the throttle. The roll on speed is tremendous. I have yet to hit 6th gear. It has a claw gear transmission, unlike standard spiral gear trans in other bikes. Electrically assisted so I am experiencing growing pains. I was having a lot of trouble downshifting. Whether at speed or once stopped. Slipping the clutch did not help. I found that if I touched only the tip of the shift lever then it would downshift. Upshifting was fine. Called my dealer and he
said it's too early for the factory to be commenting on field fixes. I would expect that to change as more riders accumulate more miles. Esthetically it is a beautiful bike with extraordinary lines. A true departure from typical BMW styling. I plan on blacking out a lot of chrome. Exhaust header and muffler, also both heads. Too much chrome there. Looking forward to other comments from happy owners.
I picked up mine 20 Nov 2020 for my First Edition 2021 BMW R18, I am 69 years old myself here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, right now it is in storage now. I am still looking for the right stand for storage. I got it on motorcycle jack.



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