A century ago, the R 32 set in motion an extraordinary success story. A new icon, the 2023 BMW R18 100 Years Heritage Bike, has been created to remember our troubled history. It’s a collector’s item limited to 1,923 copies and is guaranteed to bring back fond recollections.
The metal and historical details in the limited edition version are impressive. Take the distinctive R 5 feature from 1936, the drop-shaped fuel container with white lining. Of course, the recognizable boxer engine. Specifically, #SoulFuel is the most premium variation.
2023 BMW R18 100 Years Heritage Bike – Features and Specs
One of 1,923
This glitter and glamour can be from any time in the last decade. This motorcycle has represented the epitome of cool since its inception. An announcement. Due to its attention to historical accuracy, this condensed edition has become a standard. Furthermore, it is all set to charm. To be modest, it’s a significant matter. The chrome polishes it to a mirror finish—an authentic piece of art. The 100 Years insignia reads “1 of 1,923” for added formality. For this reason, this is a bike meant for severe riders rather than the masses.
All Things Chrome
Stunning visuals: Hand and foot controls, bike clamps, the front engine cover, and lights are some of the many delicate silver components available on the 100 Years edition.
The classic silver finish provides exciting accents. The use of paint on metal ensures a high-quality final product. The white lines highlight its long history.
The Legend Lives on
This limited edition model successfully conjures feelings of nostalgia without sacrificing any of the sleeknesses of contemporary design. A motorcycle that is a modernized variant of our classic motorcycles, the R 18, has set out on its adventure. The BMW R 18 100 Years even more vividly establishes the scene for the defining features. Countless metal parts reflect the sun as you speed off into the distance. It stands out thanks to its straight, chrome-plated Akrapovic rear exhaust featuring an integrated BMW Motorrad emblem and its Oxblood red seat with a patched appearance.
The R 18 100 Years is built around the 1,802 ccs, 91 hp boxer motor, the major displacement engine ever installed in a BMW motorcycle. The BMW R 18 is an uncompromising return to the basics of motorcycling, emphasizing the boxer engine and eschewing any unnecessary embellishments. That’s because it’s technically and visually influenced by vintage BMWs like the 1936 BMW R 5. The giant combatant benefits from several notable additions. The R 18 100 Years shares the same Classic Chrome paint job as the R nineT centennial version, which combines black paint with high-gloss chrome surfaces, white double-pin striping, and a 100 Years badge. The rear fender is painted with a Traditional Chrome design and white double-pin striping. The white double-pin striping sets off the black finish of the front and side shields. This black and oxblood red two-tone cloth covers the diamond-etched frame of the Option 719 settee.
Black, a classic and recognizable BMW Motorrad color, is used for the engine, transmission case, and rear shaft drive. Avus Black is the official name of the color, and it’s a nod to the legendary 12.1-mile-long high-speed racetrack that winds through the Grunewald Forest west of Berlin, where BMW once celebrated great racing victories and where the AVUS monument featuring BMW Motorrad factory rider Ernst Henne still stands to this day. BMW Motorrad’s factory is in the German capital of Berlin. BMW Motorrad’s primary worldwide motorcycle production plant is located in Berlin-Spandau.
The R 18 100 Years Edition is finished off with numerous Chrome design components. The engine cover, cylinder head cover, intake plenum cover, handlebar connections, gear shift and foot brake handles, handlebar clamps, handlebar weights, lights, and brake master cylinders and calipers are all protected by a sturdy galvanic surface coating.
The BMW R 18 100 Years also features an Akrapovi rear exhaust that is chromed and has BMW logo-shaped perforated tailpipe decoration. Comfort and security are ensured by features like the automatic stability control, headlamp pro, speed control, and heated grips.
BMW Motorrad’s Legacy line R nineT and R 18 models pay tribute to the company’s 100 years of history and tradition, which are inextricably linked with the legendary boxer engine. Since its opening more than 50 years ago, the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin has been responsible for producing virtually every BMW motorcycle ever made. The boxer engine and instantly recognized design show that this is all about the company’s roots, the riding experience, and the purest form of motorbike design possible. Essentially, the Heritage series is centered on a unique worldview shaped by the legendary Boxer engine.
2023 BMW R18 100 Years Heritage Bike – Price
The new 2023 BMW R18 100 Years Heritage Bike is available at $18,990 only.
2023 BMW R18 100 Years Heritage Bike – Technical Specifications
|Design||Air/oil-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts above the drive shaft.|
|Bore x stroke||4.2” x 3.9”|
|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||The regulated three-way catalytic converter|
|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)|
|Alternator||Permanent magnet generator 600 W (nominal capacity)|
|Battery||12 V / 26 Ah|
|Clutch||Single-disc dry clutch|
|Secondary drive||Shaft drive|
|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.”|
|Steering head angle||57.3°|
|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)|
|Seat height, unladen||27.2”|
|Rider step length, unladen||64.2”|
|Usable tank capacity||approx. 4.23 gal|
|of which reserve||One gal|
|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|