The BMW R 18 family this month doubles with the addition of two new models.
Their R 18 and R 18 Classic cruisers (from $29,155 ride-away) will be joined by two touring or bagger models.
They arrive in Australia in August with the R 18 B Deluxe featuring a handlebar-mounted “batwing-style” fairing and hard saddlebags from $39,310 while the full-dresser R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe with a top box is $41,675.
For the Australian market they have been fitted with a lot of the optional extras.
They include four analogue instruments and high definition 10.25-inch TFT colour display to keep turning riders entertained and informed.
Both also arrive in Australia with Active Cruise Control that regulates the distance from the vehicle in front without the rider having to adjust their speed.
It uses radar sensors in the front fairing. Interestingly, it will automatically reduce the speed in a corner to keep the rider safe.
They come with three riding modes (Rain, Roll and Rock), Automatic Stability Control, engine torque control, reverse gear and Hill Start Control as standard.
Marshall amps were good enough for Jimi Hendrix and the Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 and 2 sound systems fitted to these bikes are good enough for BMW riders, too.
The systems feature speakers with black cover grilles and classic white Marshall lettering with up to 280 watts of total output.
Both bikes will be available in exclusive First Edition variants that combine the R 18 look with iconic and classic BMW black paintwork with white double-lining.
Additional highlights include specially designed surfaces (Chrome Package), high-grade stitching on the seat and “First Edition” badging.