The New Heritage Tourer On The Block: The 2021 BMW R 18 Classic

Along with the standard R 18, the R 18 Classic is one of the most anticipated models in the 2021 BMW line-up. Like the R 18, the R 18 Classic is a European-made, heritage-laden heavyweight cruiser from BMW Motorrad. While it shares the same DNA as the R 18, the Classic has a few interesting extras.

They both still feature the same 1,802cc horizontally-opposed flat twin engine. This enormous boxer produces an impressive 91 horsepower, 116 lb-ft of torque, and can pull the R 18 Classic to speeds in excess of 111 mph.

The most obvious differences between the two R 18 models include the addition of touring-friendly saddlebags, a windshield, and a practical passenger seat. That’s right! The R 18 Classic is something of a bagger! It also has touring sensibilities, making a better option for long-distance journeys than the bagless base-model R 18.

What makes the R 18 Classic an appealing purchase is the sheer number of upgrades and optional accessories that are available for it. BMW has a large catalog of extras to give owners a real custom experience.

For 2021, the R 18 Classic is available in two options. The basic model is available in Black Storm Metallic, while the more expensive First Edition model features an enhanced Black Storm Metallic with double striping and chrome accents.

The 2021 BMW R 18 Classic starts at $19,495 USD / $24,400 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 BMW R 18 Classic in one place.

2021 BMW R 18 Classic


Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $19,495 USD / $24,400 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Boxer with pushrods
    • Black tank with double pinstripe and classic BMW logo
    • Saddlebags
    • Additional LED lights

Main Specs

  • Engine: 1,802cc air/oil-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine
  • Power:  91 HP
  • Torque: 116 lbs-ft
  • Wet Weight: 805 lbs (365 kg)
  • Seat Height: 28.0 in (710 mm)

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2021 BMW R 18 Classic


2021 BMW R 18 Classic Specifications

From BMW

ENGINE

Engine  1,802cc air/oil-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine
Engine Power 91 Hp
Bore x Stroke 107.1 mm x 100 mm
Compression Ratio 9.6 : 1
Fuel delivery Electronic intake pipe fuel injection, BMS-K+ electronic engine management with overrun cut-off, twin-spark ignition
Starter Electric
Max Torque 116 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Single-disk dry clutch
Transmission 6-speed transmission
Drive Shaft drive

CHASSIS

Suspension Front Telescopic fork
Suspension Rear Steel swingarm with central shock strut
Brakes Front Twin disc brakes, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper
Brakes Rear Single disc brake, diameter 300 mm, fixed caliper
Tires Front 130/90 B16
Tires Rear 180/65 B16
Fuel Tank Capacity Approx. 4.2 gal
Color R 18 Classic

ELECTRICAL

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

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length 96.1”
Overall Width 38.0″
Overall Height 52.8”
Wheelbase 68.1”
Castor 5.9”
Seat Height 28.0”
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled

805 lbs

WARRANTY

Warranty
Extension

2021 BMW R 18 Classic


2021 BMW R 18 Classic Features

Seat with passenger seat

The seat bench consists of two individual seats.

Boxer with pushrods

Built with conviction, for over 95 years: The R stands for boxer.

LED additional lights

Typical nostalgic touring bike: two auxiliary lights.

Footboards

These provide a relaxed and comfortable ride, as the overall appearance of the bike already suggests.

Windshield

The large windshield protects the rider from the wind and weather.

Round exhaust pipe, open driveshaft, double cradle frame

Historic influence, newly interpreted for today.

Black tank with double pinstripe and classic BMW logo

The black tank with double striping is one of the icons of BMW Motorrad history.

Saddle bags

The soft bags have 4.1 gallons of space for things you might need on a trip.


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