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BMW's R18 is the definition of a modern classic motorcycle

With its massive air-cooled boxer-twin engine, and its prewar-inspired lines, the production R18 is almost everything we hoped it'd be.

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Kyle Hyatt

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2021 BMW R18

BMW's R18 is its latest heritage-inspired bike and uses its biggest boxer engine ever.

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The air- and oil-cooled 1.8-liter opposed twin engine makes 91 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque.

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The bike uses an exposed shaft drive, a hardtail-look frame and lots of chrome to evoke the 1936 R5.

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The R18, like the R NineT before it, is designed to be easily customized.

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BMW is offering a full line of custom parts designed with industry powerhouses like Mustang Seats and Roland Sands Design.

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The bike features cruiser styling but a midmounted foot control, which should make the bike more fun to ride than it would otherwise be.

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The bike hews fairly close to the well-received R18 concept bike that we saw last year at Villa d'Este.

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The production bike's biggest changes come in the form of a smaller diameter front wheel and a more emissions-friendly exhaust system.

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The R18 will be offered in two variants at launch: standard and First Edition.

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First Edition will feature black paint with white pinstriping as well as added chrome touches to more closely mirror the original R5's styling.

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