R18 - The closest thing to an airhead in a while?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by the_babaji, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. spokester

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    Although it is impossible not to adore every aspect of this object AND it's God-like creators, lack of a braun seat is keeping me from becoming a playa on this one.
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  2. gspell68

    gspell68 Long timer

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    Yeah, I don't think they've made anything cruiserly in my lifetime and I hit my 20's in the 1980's...
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  3. infinityedge

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    Must not be a Bond fan...

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  4. Mobiker

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    BMW did make a series of cruisers (Montauk was one), but they weren't airheads.
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  5. aptbldr

    aptbldr easy rider

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    Saw the R18 on a pedestal at entry to Barber moto-museum in Alabama past weekend.
    More attractive in person than any photos I've seen.
    Excellent design, materials & craftsmanship (seemed 'production ready').

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  6. 190e

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    Looks fabulous but with the cramped riding stance that the low seat produces I couldn't ride it very far; my knees wouldn't let me.
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  7. Steve W.

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    I'll just wait a couple years after it is "released", and buy a trade in at the hd shop for 1/3 price.
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  8. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    It looks beautiful, but it should get a /2 style bench seat (and height) and mid controls. Leave the ass on the ground pose for the company whose sales are tanking.
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  9. sky44

    sky44 Gummikuh

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    let's not forget- airheads have fuckin' luggage!
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  10. Desmodue

    Desmodue Adventurer

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    This thread is very entertaining, not at all because of the bike being presented.
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  11. SJ BMW

    SJ BMW Been here awhile

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    This is NOT the production bike, it is a show bike only. The real bike is more "normal" seat height etc., different but still a good looking bike.
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  12. arbalest

    arbalest Been here awhile

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    My first real motorcycle crash was face first. I am very thankful for my full face helmet.
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  13. Steve W.

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  14. r60man

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    BMW have said they will unveil the production bikes later this year, most likely at the EICMA motorcycle show in November but if this tantalising taste of what’s to come bears any resemblance to the finished articles it will be interesting.

    I have never bought a new motorcycle in my life. I doubt I will ever buy one of these. But if someone else does and enjoys it, it does me no harm at all. To each their own. Oh yeah, and if they want to ride it with open faced or even no helmet at all? None of my business.
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  15. burbansk

    burbansk Exit 202 Mio Mad Man

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    If they change the seat to a 2-up and put passenger pegs on it there is a good possibility it may be sitting next to my GS next summer if the price is right. I can't help it I like it. There is just something about those big jugs, I can't stop staring at them. LOL:imaposer
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  16. Big Bamboo

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    I know exactly what you mean! Must be a Bavarian thing...[​IMG]
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  17. OLD GREEN

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    I imagine that if this thing really makes it to market, there’s going to be a full catalog of accessories to set it up any way you like. Hell, You’ll probably even be able to get it with ape hangers and sissy bars and go all Easy Rider. It’s just another platform like the R9T, to capitalize on selling a lot of parts after the sale.

    Not a bad plan really, if the market is there. And that, I’ll admit, I have no clue. I think it’s a cool concept bike but I’ve personally never bought a brand new motorcycle. The youngest ride in my current fleet is an R90/6 and I do believe that 2000 KLR 650 was the newest bike I’ve ever owned. Clearly I’m not the target demographic. :lol3
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  18. pjensen641

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    Wow, as noted in the article, looks like a production model w/ bags and all.

    Nice touch w/ the classic pin striping. Looks like a /2 after a MGH (motorcycle growth hormone) binge.

    Bold move, good for BMW.
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  20. kcoralj

    kcoralj Been here awhile

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    The engine is at least twice the displacement of what it should be, the market for large displacement cruisers is already overcrowded.
    And they should have made some type of plunger looking suspension on the back rather than that softail.
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