BMW Motorrad introduced at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este its latest concept bike, the Motorrad Concept R18. Riding on large spoke wheels 21″ front and 18″ rear, the new BMW Motorrad Concept R18 mixes traditional and modern design aesthetics and comes powered by the newly designed, two-cylinder 1800 cc boxer engine fed by Solex carburetors.
Interpreting typical design icons of BMW Motorrad classics, the design exposes all the mechanical workings and the boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft and drop-shaped fuel tank.
“With its clear aesthetics openly on display, the Concept R18 embodies for me what motorcycling, at its core, is really about. It is all about feeling instead of thinking, and not using technology for self-staging, instead giving space for imagination.” explains Edgar Heinrich, head of BMW Motorrad Design. “This concept bike appeals to something deep down – you just want to just get on it and ride off. But when you get off it again, you don’t just put it in the garage and walk away – you turn around again and give it a final parting glance”. This is the third interpretation of the large-capacity boxer engine and the BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is the first to be built completely in-house. The first model was created by the Japanese customisers, Custom Works Zon, while the second interpretation was done by Revival Cycles. What do you think of this interpretation?
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