BMW Unveils the retro R18

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Discogodfather
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BMW Unveils the retro R18

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Mr. Heinriech, the new head of design at BMW Motorrad, has unveiled the R18 concept this week. I am usual a harsh critic of "retro" motorcycles as I believe they take away from the originals we all love and have (at least pretty girls don't know the difference) and I hate how everything is rounded off and none of the original spirit of these amazing old bikes seems to make it through.

But this bike struck me as different and very cool. They essentially took a softail style concept and captured the essence of some of the earlier plunger frames in a neat way. The single coolest feature is the exposed driveshaft- so cool. Because the shock is mounted under the seat there is no need for the plungers. The engine is very retro and seems to have been done with real taste. In fact the whole bike, minus the Earles front end of course, is pretty spectacular.

No idea if this will make it into production but what an amazing job capturing the original black baron bikes! I would love to have the power, ABS, and dual front discs. If they could make it around 500-550 pounds and under $20,000 I think it would be a wild hit.

I know those guys in Miami are doing a retro R7 but this is a real BMW potentially! What do you guys think?

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Have to wonder how far the

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Have to wonder how far the concept can go. Don't think a naturally carbureted engine will get past the EPA these days.
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Nice to look at, but...

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As a boulevard cruiser, it would be brilliant for claiming bragging rights, but I really don't think I would want to ride it very far. My bones ache just thinking about a 1500 mile trip with those ergonomics.
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bike

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Im on the fence here. I love the retro look on a modern bike but it also has to be practical. Like Jon said, I don't see anyone taking very long trips on that bike. Add a little rain and the cool look goes right down the drain. Im sure it would be fun to ride but my guess is its a weekend rider to bike shows and coffee shops.


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Just saw a video on youtube

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Just saw a video on youtube where Hennreich says it's going into production, for 100% sure. Not sure what that means, but look for lots of changes. I see a plastic airbox and tons of lights, etc. But they are committed to a 1800cc crusier targeted for the Harley market in the USA, including a sport, regular, and touring model.

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It's a pity that it's just a

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It's a pity that it's just a concept: I'm sure you can't take buy it like that in the future...

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R18

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At first glance I think it looks great. I was in Miami last winter and looked at the R7 replica. In my opinion the R7 is much nicer and I plan to buy one this year.

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