2020 BMW R 18 First Edition officially launched – RM149,500

BMW Motorrad Malaysia has officially introduced the 2020 BMW R 18 First Edition model for the Malaysian market. Online bookings were actually opened back in June where the first 18 units were booked within the span of hours, but the next batch of 15 more units will be brought in for those who are still interested to get one of your very own.

Entering the cruiser segment as a classic model paying homage to the legendary R 5 model, the R 18 boasts the brand’s biggest motorcycle engine to date, a 1,802cc boxer-twin air/oil-cooled unit that produces 91hp at 4,750rpm and a massive 158Nm of torque as low as 3,000rpm. Power cruiser with “Big Boxer” equals one beautiful ‘thicc boy’.

According to Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia, “BMW Motorrad Malaysia delivers on ‘Make Life A Ride’ once again as we enter the cruiser segment with the All-New BMW R 18 First Edition, which was first introduced as the Concept R 18 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event. The pure, stripped-down, raked-out concept cruiser gave the world more than a hint of what was coming our way for the segment, and we look forward to delivering pure riding enjoyment with this cruiser.”

The 2020 BMW R 18 First Edition is finished with the sexy Black Storm Metallic colourway plus pinstripes that brings the whole look together. Designed to cater to the ‘purists’, the R 18 is enhanced with just enough electronics without messing with its raw and exhilarating cruiser nature.

To ensure that you don’t run out of fuel too fast, this classic beauty comes with a 16-litre teardrop fuel tank designed to imitate the same one found on the R 5 as close as possible. There are also a lot of chrome parts packed as standard on the R 18 from the handlebars, shifter lever, handle end caps, cylinder head covers, crank covers and air intake.

Weighing in at 345kg, it’s a heavy cruiser but with all of its weight carried down low, handling it in and around town shouldn’t be a problem. Hard to push it back out of a parking spot? The R 18 also comes with a reverse gear to ease your burden without comprising any of your cool factor. Now that’s class.

Other specs include:

  • All-LED lighting system
  • Single-disk dry clutch with a six-speed transmission
  • Nickel-plated driveshaft
  • 300mm front twin disc brakes with four-piston fixed callipers (single rear)
  • BMW Motorrad Integral Anti-Lock Braking
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Selectable riding modes (Rain, Roll & Rock)
  • Engine drag torque control (MSR)
The first few orders will also get this lovely BMW R 18 ‘care package’

Fancy in getting one of your very own? Head over to any of the selected BMW Motorrad Heritage showrooms for a test ride or you can also view them at all BMW Motorrad’s showrooms nationwide. Official price tag? RM149,500 (excluding insurance, road tax and insurance). This comes with BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s All-New 3-Year Warranty and 3-Year Roadside Assistance Programmes.

Written by: Sep Irran

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