BMW Classic R 18 cruiser

BMW launches classic R 18 cruiser

BMW Motorrad returns to the cruiser category with the classic R 18 cruiser styled after the 1936 R 5, including double white pinstriping. We’ve seen several other variants of the bike in concepts, prototypes and spy photos, so we expect this is just the first in a new line with the 1802cc boxer engine. BMW …

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BMW R 18/2 cruiser shows

Coronavirus hits major motorcycle shows

The biennial Intermot and annual EICMA motorcycle shows in October and November appear to be in jeopardy with BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna the first to declare they will not attend. The shows in Cologne and Milan are the biggest in the world and are the showcase for manufacturers around the world to debut their new models. Despite …

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BMW R 18 full-dresser

BMW R 18 full-dresser spy shots

The BMW R 18 cruiser is yet to be fully unveiled, but these spy photos from Ride Apart show there will also be a full-dresser to take on Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. Unlike many spy shots that are blurry and disguised, these are clear and from every angle, giving us a good look at the production-ready …

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BMW plans motorcycle crumple zone

BMW plans motorcycle crumple zone

BMW has secured a patent that turns the front wheel into a crumple zone similar to the safety feature built into cars for decades. In the BMW Motorrad patent, the front wheel stays straight on impact, rather than deflecting, by means of a metal V-shaped unit mounted on the frame. Crumple zone They claim this …

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BMW sidestand charger patent drawing

BMW Motorrad plans sidestand charger

BMW Motorrad has filed a patent for a sidestand charger that looks like it belongs to an electric motorcycle, lending more weight to an electric future. It follows a patent application last month for a frameless electric motorbike with the motor and battery making up the bulk of the frame. These patent applications seem to give a …

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BMW E-Power Roadster electric

BMW reveals E-Power Roadster prototype

BMW Motorrad has been toying with the idea of an electric motorcycle for some time and has now revealed the working E-Power Roadster prototype at a small media event. For now it’s called the E-Power Roadster and it is the first time an electric BMW motorcycle has been ridden by journalists. However, it’s still a long …

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bmw serious about electric motorcycle

BMW serious about electric motorcycle

BMW Motorrad seems to be getting serious about an electric motorcycle, judging by their latest patent application for a frameless motorbike. The patent drawing, published by Electrek, shows the motor and battery making up the book of the frame, linked via upside down forks and a single 45-degree mono shock to the swingarm. The Bavarian company already …

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