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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.

Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens got his start writing professionally while still in school in the mid '90s, and since then has covered topics ranging from business process management to video game development to automotive technology.
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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