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Back to the Airhead for BMW ? - The R18

Richard Whatley
(@wobbly)
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Saw this article on BMW's new 1800cc boxer twin R18 and wanted to share....

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Topic starter Posted : 11/20/2020 07:07
James Bussell
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Thanks for sharing that interesting article!

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Posted : 11/29/2020 09:01
Richard Whatley
(@wobbly)
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Here's another good review....

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2021-bmw-r18-review/

 

This article contains a lot more background on why BMW decided to design a monster cruiser.

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Topic starter Posted : 12/18/2020 05:48
Jon Watkins
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The intro version with those huge flared pipes is incredibly ugly.  The newly announced classic edition looks pretty nice and more of something that might interest me...if I was a cruiser kind of guy.

Seems that a lot of the early buyers are slamming it because of the seating position.  Can’t move your feet around on the pegs due to the huge cylinders and intakes.

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Posted : 12/19/2020 08:20
Scot Marburger
(@8166)
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More evidence that BMW has strayed very far indeed from its roots. Like the previous attempt to appeal to the Harley crowd, this new one is overly complicated, extremely heavy, and was purposely designed to vibrate and shake because BMW thinks that's part of the cruiser experience. ? 

Thanks anyway, BMW. I'll stick to my R69S when it comes to classic looks.

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Posted : 02/04/2021 06:27
David Elkow
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This won’t happen, but if I were forced to buy a modern BMW, it would be an R nine T pure /5. That is one handsome machine. I saw one with an aftermarket inner rear fender, some other nice accessories, and a windscreen. Gotta say, it was mighty sweet. 

But then, the modern bikes are so sophisticated. I’m just not up for all that. My best traveling buddy has an ‘04 R1150RT. It’s a great bike. He’s been a gear head since we met in HS, and he restores classic cars as a hobby. But, he will hardly touch that RT. Just takes it in for whatever it needs. My wife questions my sanity hanging on to my old airhead. I told her that I enjoy it, including every bit of the fussing and tinkering. I’m retired now, and it’s all good. 

One thing we do enjoy with these bikes is that, for the majority, the parts and aftermarket upgrades are easy to find and relatively inexpensive.  I wonder what part and accessory prices are like for the modern bikes. 

One thing I do wish I could swipe from a modern bike and fit on mine would be the brakes. My ‘78 goes great, handles fine, and the brakes are as good as they can be for a ‘78. I guess I just ride within my limits. 

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Posted : 02/06/2021 11:26

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