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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MV Agusta RVS#1 RVS heritage f4

More motorcycle factory closures during pandemic

The list of motorcycle factory closures due to the coronavirus pandemic is growing daily with MV Agusta and Indian Motorcycles finally joining. The MV factory on the shores of beautiful Lake Varese in Lombardy, an early epicentre of the virus in Italy, had been continuing with a reduced workforce. Now they have announced that from …

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Brazil BMW Motorrad factory manufacturing

BMW joins motorcycle manufacturing halt

The coronavirus pandemic has halted motorcycle manufacturing in the USA and Europe with BMW Motorrad the latest to temporarily stop assembly lines. BMW Motorrad has halted manufacturing at its Spandau factory n Berlin and G 310 production is now only hold after the TVR plant that makes them in India shut down on 23 March 2020 for …

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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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An electric commuter/off-road motorcycle, a concept electric BMW and the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 adventure bike have been honoured with international iF Design Awards.

iF Design honours motorcycles with awards

An electric commuter/off-road motorcycle, a concept electric BMW and the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 adventure bike have been honoured with international iF Design Awards. They are among hundreds of awards announced this year for products and concepts from baby prams to an automated toilet cleaner. The iF Design Award is a global contest celebrating world-renowned …

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BMW R 18 Big Boxer ninth

BMW Motorrad posts ninth record year

BMW Motorrad has posted its ninth consecutive record year with global sales of 175,162 motorcycles and maxi-scooters, a 5.8% increase over 2018. That’s impressive, given many markets were down and Europe was only slightly up, yet BMW recorded 7% growth in Europe. However, in Australia, BMW sold 2675 motorcycles and scooters which was 8.5% down …

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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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