While we’re still waiting for the R 18 cruiser to get a New Zealand release date, BMW has announced a second bike in its new cruiser family - the R 18 Classic.
The Classic model adds extra LED headlights and swaps the front wheel to a 16-inch unit, while a removable windscreen, panniers, and passenger seat round out the physical differences with the original. However, with a clear eye on the cruiser touring market BMW has added cruise control as standard to the R 18 Classic.
BMW also announced that the new R 18 will be offered worldwide as an exclusive R 18 Classic First Edition and R 18 First Edition right from launch, with a standard model reserved additionally for certain markets. It combines the R 18 look with exclusive equipment features in a classic black finish with white double-lined paintwork. Other highlights include numerous chrome surfaces, a seat badge and a “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side covers.
Both bikes look stunning and with initial reports suggesting BMW has got the formula right this time (will we ever forget the R1200C?), so we’re very much looking forward to swinging a leg over the bikes when they eventually arrive in NZ dealers.