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2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle Review Specs

The new “Spirit of Passion” by Kingston Custom has an unmistakable design that is separate from all others. It’s the second BMW R18 jewel in the “SoulFuel” series, a partnership between BMW Motorrad and chosen customizers, that Dirk Oehlerking contributes his trademark. In the past, Bernhard Naumann, commonly known as “Blechmann,” made an 2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle conversion that generated quite a stir.

An Oehlerking custom is renowned for its extensive customization. The R 18 won’t get a complete overhaul, as some have speculated. It’s so flawless that I decided to keep the 2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle’s technology as it is. Oehlerking thinks the frame is unique and so advanced that “nothing should be modified here.” As a result of the transformation, it is now a Kingston Custom.

2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle – Features and Specs

2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle

The “Spirit of Passion” in Detail

Its distinctive Kingston fairing is also the most challenging part of the project. Handmade Kingston design may be seen on the bodywork, handlebars, and mudguards. Oehlerking has reworked the 2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle exhaust system in the Kingston Roadster style, while his saddle is from the universal accessory catalog.

Also Read: BMW 2021 R18 Classic Heritage Motorcycle Review

The bike now has Kellermann turn signals and an LED headlamp part of the fairing. The original painting and lines have been used for the fairing and wing, with a few additions in the Kingston style. The originals include the wheel suspension and the fuel tank. As a whole, the design is influenced by the art deco style.

2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle

BMW R 18: the Original

The 2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle is ripe for personalization because of its conversion-friendly design. As with the BMW R 5, the R 18 pays homage to classic motorcycles while refocusing attention on the essentials: pure, no-frills technology and, of course, the traditional “big boxer” look.

More about the Maestro

Dirk Oehlerking, a motorcycle racer, designer, and artisan, proves once again in “Spirit of Passion” that he knows and embraces his profession. Before he applies the first screw or creates a drawing, he starts the design process by thinking about it. My motorcycles are always full of character, charm, and personality.

To preserve these specimens, you’ll have to be careful. When I’m trying to decide on a certain aesthetic, I’m constantly bombarded with pictures in my head. My first step is drawing a rough sketch using a pencil and Tipp-Ex. That is precisely it! Then, and only then, will I stop?

Oehlerking, a Hanover native, has a long customizing BMW automobile. The “Black Phantom” and its brother bike, the “White Phantom,” are among 17 of the brand’s original designs that are his. At the time, both models set entirely new benchmarks for the industry. Although Oehlerking had never done this before, redesigning the 2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle was a new challenge.

As far as I can remember, this is the most remarkable job I have ever worked. For the time being, it means a great deal, if not everything. It means a great deal to me that BMW Motorrad has put their faith in me once again. For that, I’m eternally thankful.”

2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle

2021 R18 Spirit of Passion BMW Heritage Motorcycle – Technical Specifications


Design Air/oil-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts above the driveshaft.
Bore x stroke 107.1 mm x 100 mm
Capacity 1,802 cc
Nominal Capacity 91 hp at 4,750 rpm
Max. Torque 116 lbs-ft at 3,000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.6:1
Fuel preparation Electronic intake pipe fuel injection, BMS-K+ electronic engine management with overrun cut-off, and twin-spark ignition.
Emission control A regulated three-way catalytic converter

Mileage / consumption

Maximum speed Over 111 mph
Fuel type Super plus lead-free (max. 15% ethanol, E15) Gasoline (min. 90 AKI Octane Rating, max. 15% ethanol content)

Electrical system

Alternator Permanent magnet generator 600 W (nominal capacity)
Battery 12 V / 26 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission

Clutch Single-disc dry clutch
Gears 6-speed transmission
Secondary drive Shaft drive

Suspension / brakes

Frame Double-cradle steel frame
Front suspension / spring elements Telescopic fork
Rear suspension / spring elements Steel swingarm with central shock strut
Spring travel, front/rear 4.7” / 3.5”
Wheelbase 68.1”
Castor 5.9”
Steering head angle 57.3°
Wheels Spoke wheel
Rim dimensions, front 3.5″ x 19″
Rim dimensions, rear 5.0″ x 16″
Tire, front 120/70 R 19
Tire, rear 180/65 B16
Brake, front Twin disc brake, diameter 300 mm, four-piston fixed calipers
Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 300 mm, four-piston fixed caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partially integral)

Dimensions / weights

Seat height, unladen 27.2”
Rider step length, unladen 64.2”
Usable tank capacity approx. 4.23 gal
of which reserve One gal
Length 96.1″
Height (excluding mirrors) 44.3″
Height (above the mirror, at DIN empty weight) 48.5″
Width (with mirror) 38.0″
Unladen weight, fully fuelled/road-ready 761 lbs
Max. permitted weight 1,234.6 lbs
Max. load (with standard equipment) 474 lbs

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