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BMW's R18 concept motorcycle debuts at the Villa d'Este concours

The big-block-twin concept looks at the future while honoring the brand's rich past.

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Kyle Hyatt

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2019 BMW Motorcycles Concept R18

BMW's Concept R18 draws from the company's rich history as a motorcycle manufacturer.

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It also looks towards the future, thanks to its use of a massive, 1.8-liter boxer-twin engine.

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The 1.8-liter prototype has been seen in two factory-sponsored concept bikes already.

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The R18 uses classic BMW styling touches like an exposed chrome driveshaft.

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It also places its big prototype engine in a classic steel cradle frame.

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One area in which the R18 stays current is with its disc brake setup.

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The long, sweeping lines of the bike are accentuated by long, sweeping exhaust pipes.

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The hand-painted teardrop fuel tank is also a nod to Beemers of yore.

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The lighting on Concept R18 is all modern LEDs, thankfully.

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The R18 could be a look at where BMW Motorrad's heritage motorcycle line could go in the near future.

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