How BMW raises suspense on its mystery motorcycle by unveiling a second version – BFMTV.COM
For the past few months, BMW has been playing the Seven Sails dance by revealing a little, but not a lot, the R18, this mystery motorcycle that has been buzzing since last spring. At the Eicma, the world of the Milan motorcycle, the German manufacturer has not only not shown the bobber unveiled last May, but also a cruiser version of the R18, also designed by Bart Janssen Groesbeek under the direction Edgar Heindrich, design boss of BMW Motorrad.
To better understand this biker jargon, a bobber is a biker motorcycle. She is stripped to the extreme. A cruiser is a modern motorcycle designed to comfortably make long journeys.
Apart from the 1800cc Boxer engine, which remains the central element of this project, the two motorcycles seem to be distant cousins. On the one hand, elements from the 40s to the 60s: spoke wheels, fish-tail exhausts, Metzeler tires, inverted brake levers and bike saddle.
On the other hand, the latest version of the R18 is a modern machine made to swallow miles at a brisk pace. As revealed by the Den of bikers, The version shown at Eicma is equipped with alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, a Hattech stainless steel exhaust and a padded saddle. The dashboard seems at the forefront of technology.
At the press conference on YouTube, Bart Janssen Groesbeek explains thatwith the R18 / 2, the manufacturer wants to demonstrate how the architecture of this concept can create both neo-retro motorbikes that very modern models.
The price is the information that everyone expects but it will still have to be patient. BMW Motorrad secretly keeps the amount that will be paid to afford a R18. To be among the first to obtain details on this mystery motorcycle, we must agree to pay a deposit of 1000 euros on the website of the manufacturer.