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BMW's R18 takes retro style to excess

The R18 is a stunner from any angle, throwing back to classic machines in a massive, modern package.

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Tim Stevens

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This is the BMW R18.

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It's a modern reinterpretation of the company's classic R series of motorcycles.

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That black paint with white pinstripes is iconic for the brand, as is the horizontally opposed twin engine.

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How big is it? Why it's clearly labeled for all to see.

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Thankfully, the brakes are far more modern than the styling cues.

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Modern controls, too.

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Though these are a bit minimalist compared to some of BMW's more touring-oriented rides.

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So, too, is the gauge cluster. Just a speedometer and a svelte, multifunction LCD.

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Worst part of the bike? This seat. That logo is a literal pain in the ass.

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But other than that this is a sweet, sweet ride.

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