BMW 1800 cruiser

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by dutchie, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. losercharles

    losercharles Why do we work so hard to retire?

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    Just picked up this one today. Was a demo. 6A509D1E-6ABC-4F07-952B-858FF1193533.jpeg
  2. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    You are going to love it!
  3. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Congrats - looks like a brand new, like haven't been demoed at all... :D
  4. losercharles

    losercharles Why do we work so hard to retire?

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for risers that pull the bars closer to you? I’m short! Want to reduce my reach. (Edit - just ordered the DK Designs risers. They look to solve for more reach and negate need to replace lines. will report back in 4-5 weeks after receiving :p)
    Thanks
    Charles
  5. losercharles

    losercharles Why do we work so hard to retire?

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    D418809E-48F6-4DB4-ADD7-44501B6A840C.jpeg First service is scheduled for next Wednesday.

    It was a demo so I can’t claim all the miles. I rotated the bars down a bit to give me a more neutral position.
    So far ordered the crash bars from A&S motorcycles. No tax and free shipping seemed like a heck of a deal!(edit update 7/28- A&S just emailed that oem crash bars are on backp order with no eta)
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  6. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Enjoy!

    Mine just rolled over to 6,000 miles. I did the service @ 5,000 miles

    David
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  7. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    ROCK - no other bike does rock like R18 or so it says on the instr. cluster... :D
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  8. losercharles

    losercharles Why do we work so hard to retire?

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    quick question for those who follow this thread: Has anyone found a rear rack that looks sweet on the bike when it's in solo seat mode?
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  9. dutchie

    dutchie Lower than most

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    YT vid (Austrian) on the Bagger and Trans Continental version:
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  10. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b

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  11. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b

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  12. Dave.0

    Dave.0 on the spectrum

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    I'm not sold on the Donny Osmond tribute color palette but this iteration seems to be a perfect application of that motor. This just might cure my Road King lust.
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  13. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b

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    Yeah, "does it come in black?" was my first question. Still, not a bike for me at this point in my life but if I was shopping for a cruiser for touring, this would be very high on the list
  14. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Huh... A bit disappointed w lack of unique design as compared to the competition... Too much of "me-too" for my taste is initial impression... :bluduh

    Short of Indian ornament on the front fender, hard to tell 'em apart from the distance (jugs and ACC not withstanding) - Chieftain and Roadmaster pictured...

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  15. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b

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    You see copycat / uninspired and I see a vibrant cruiser industry full of millions of people who love these bikes and how they are designed. I think BMW knows what they're doing. They can't go TOO radical. They're already asking riders to compromise their preferred foot placement thanks to the 900CC jugs on each side of the frame.
  16. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    If I were forced to buy a cruiser, that would probably be it.
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  17. OnTheNaughtyStep

    OnTheNaughtyStep Been here awhile

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    Exactly my problem with the new Rocket 3 - 66bhp per litre - pathetic - it should and could make well over 200bhp rather than the weedy 165 and still easily make noise and emissions regs.
  18. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF Supporter

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    The Victory Vision was new, original & cutting edge and hardly anyone bought one. I loved the engineering but the looks were just too much.
  19. Backlund

    Backlund Long timer

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    All I know about the R18 is that I really like mine, but I don't have any inclination at all to tour on it, and just use it as a casual Black Hills runabout, a mission it excels at. It does not feel at all underpowered, it executes two-lane passes well, has more than adequate acceleration, handles curves surprisingly well for a bike it's mass and length, and my example is returning fuel mileage from mid 40's to low 50's, which was a pleasant surprise and unexpected.

    The stock seat on my 'First Edition' model sucks, and can have me squirming within thirty miles, but that's about the only significant negative I have concerning this bike. It's big, it's classy, and the damn thing IS fun to ride.
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    Personally, I find the new touring versions of the R18 visually unattractive and boring. If I was to buy a large touring bike again, it would be a latest generation Goldwing...wait, we had one and just sold it last week....never mind.
  20. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    I kinda agree. I can't really cry copycat in good faith because when it comes to such things there are only so many ways to design a fender, a fairing, saddlebags, etc that work well. If these shapes function well and please the eyes of the customers it would be folly to stray too much from them.
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