BMW 1800 cruiser

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

  1. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Indeed... Reminds me of that purple-blue-ish-hazed Ti Akrapovic headers on other R bikes, after few heat cycles (LC headers pictured below) - awesome color choice and kudos to BMW for going bold in color options for R18... :thumb

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  2. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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  3. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF Supporter

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    Even a downsized version of the new R18. Not just some sleeved down version.
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  4. ARiderX

    ARiderX Long timer

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    2000?? I'd guess 500, and that would be pushing it. They can't move these. All the signs are obvious. Heavily discounted new ones (17k? Versus 22k early on?). Super low mileage (200-500 miles) at 13-14k? A triumph tiger 800 would cost you more, as would any other bike such as a husky (as was mentioned), or some KTM dirt bike or something.

    And some posts above there's a mention of 500+ bikes sitting in inventory, not moving? In the middle of summer?

    The good thing here is that whoever bought one, did so because the bike really speaks to them in a very direct and personal way. Probably long term keepers for riders looking for a unique ride. They won't be looking at selling on, as it's probably a very motivated and deliberate purchase of a niche bike. But if they would, they'd be looking at 10k+ depreciation in a year, easy. If not more.

    That said, if I were a betting man, they'll keep this bike around for max. 3 years and call it a day.

    Me, not even really into cruisers at the moment, not looking at one, and not a fan of HD in any special way (HD's are 'ok' I guess), I'd have a HD every day of the week over this bmw.
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  5. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b

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    That 500 number has been consistent for a while. We have roughly 150 dealers in USA which means every dealer only has about 3.5 on their floors for sale. Not a LOT of inventory but by comparison, only 800 GS bikes are on show floors at the moment.

    It does say a lot that HD is selling ADV bikes and here’s BMW with their cruiser :) I’d like an R18 one day though. I think they’re gorgeous bikes.
  6. Whiskey Tango

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    I'm quite the opposite; although I tour, sport tour and ADV ride - with bikes designed for those modalities, I'm a Harley guy. That being said, even as a Harley guy, I like this bike and but for the fact that it's a BMW, I would be interested in one.

    I had a couple BMWs, both GS models of separate eras, nt a fan of the company and their dealers make the Harley Stealerships look like the Red Cross!

    I like the bike and do think it's cool; just won't own another BMW.

    As cruisers go - it seems like a good one though.
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  7. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    Sat on one at a dealer. Spooky just to hoist off the side stand. Way too heavy. They need to take 100lbs out of it. Maybe thats what a Harley bagger feels like to hoist off the stand...but ill never own one. Cool looking bike, and I like the flat twin engine (I own a couple). However, if its too spooky to handle now in my early 40s....it sure isn't happening later in life.
  8. gusable

    gusable Been here awhile

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    Saw one in person at bmw store today. It’s totally badass!! Pictures DO NOT do it justice. Very low seat. It’s just too much price for me. If it were 14k I’d be scheming...
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  9. Mouse

    Mouse I'm only smelly

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    I don’t think they’ve sold many here in Australia either.

    sat on one, didn’t fit but I’m just slightly less large than a mountain.

    the open drive train troubled me. As a farmer I couldn’t run an open shaft or universal without facing the wrath of our occupational health and safety people - indeed it easily/rapidly becomes a criminal matter.

    Troubled me enough I immediately walked and kept walking.
  10. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    My gold wing is much worse to get off the side stand.

    It drives like it’s much lighter.
    David
  11. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    This bothers you more than the the minimally covered chain drives on swaths of other motorcycles? This also isn't the first production motorcycle with an exposed drive shaft. Every motorcyclist who's ridden more than a few days knows to not have loose items dangling off their person while riding. If the shaft or chain doesn't grab it, the big spinning wheel right under you will.
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  12. Backlund

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    I might buy an R18.

    I was at the dealership yesterday looking at their 190 mile demo R18, and BMW just came out with a new incentive program for this almost unsellable $22,000 model, that along with an additional $1000 discount for the demo, I believe had the price at a bit over 16G's and offered at a very low interest factory financing that had the payment at about $175 per month for 48 months, then a buyout balloon (refinanced at my credit union, if kept beyond that time) for around 9G's.
  13. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Which model?

    I have the classic.

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  14. Stasher1

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    The low payments sound like a good idea until you realize that you'll be making payments on that bike for 8 or 9 years.

    Financing a toy is bad enough. No way in hell I'd do it for the better part of a decade.
  15. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b

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    I'm not a financial advisor.

    but balloon payments are generally a bad idea. New Hampshire doesn't allow BMW's 3-Easy-Pay financing because a lot of people see "$99 a month for 48 months" on a GS not realizing that they're going to owe $15,000 in 4 years or lose the bike.

    If you have the cash in hand, go for it. It's much better to wait for BMW to do a 0% interest for 48 months deal or do 2.5% through your local credit union.
  16. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Long timer

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    If you are aware and reasonably savvy, no big deal. You know going in what the balloon is. Plan accordingly.
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  17. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Got zero percent from BMW for 60 months. I put a good down payment on it too.

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  18. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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    Not necessarily so - it depends on the bike model, its desirability, market value ie. condition of the bike after 3-4 years when balloon payment is due etc, etc...

    Depending on the bike model, the balloon payment at the end may be lower than bike market value at that time (equivalent of lease for a clunker and its buy-back value) thus it makes sense to trade-in, collect "equity" as down payment on a new model/different bike or even pay the balloon and flip the bike, pocketing the difference...

    It doesn't work for every bike model and it's hard to predict R18's value few years down the road but for those w guts, it may pay out... I'm not financial advisor either so ymmv... :thumb
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  19. Backlund

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    The balloon after 48 months is about $9400.
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  20. Stasher1

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    Assuming $0 finance charge, you're looking at $200+ month for 48 months, or about $170 a month for 60 months...if you can qualify for 2.49%.

    In order to keep the payments around $175, you'd be financing that bike for 9 years.

    I just bought a little commuter car for work, and financed roughly $9600 for 48 months @ 2.48% Monthly note is $216