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2023 BMW R18 [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 BMW R18
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The 2023 BMW R18 Classic Embodies The Cruiser Style

BMW continues to provide many cruiser variations in their catalogue and the R 18 Classic is an impressive option with a 1,800cc boxer engine and 116 ft/lb of torque. It is designed to provide a comfortable and stylish riding experience with ample power and torque for long-distance touring. Impressive braking is handled by twin 300mm discs and 4 piston calipers and are aided by standard ABS.

While not including as many technical options as other bikes in the BMW family, the R 18 Classic has spacious and comfortable seating, making it a great choice for riders who want to tour in style and comfort and with a large windshield and saddlebags is well equipped for the task. The bike also comes with a large fuel tank, so riders can go on long journeys without stopping frequently to refuel. The design of the bike makes this R 18 variant an attractive option for riders who want to cruise in style.  The BMW R 18 Classic is a great option in BMW’s large lineup of cruiser based bikes for riders who want a powerful and comfortable cruiser that is designed for long-distance touring.  It’s also one of the only European manufacturers giving this type of option.

The 2023 BMW R18 Classic starts at $17,995 USD and $21,995 CAD

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 BMW R18 Classic in one place.

2023 BMW R18

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $17,995 USD and $21,995 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Windshield and saddle bags
    • LED additional lighting
    • Floor boards
    • 116 lb-ft Torque

Main Specs

  • Engine: 1,802 cc air/oil cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer
  • Power: 91 horsepower
  • Torque: 116 lb-ft
  • Weight: 805 lbs (365 kgs)
  • Seat Height: 28 inches (720 mm)

2023 BMW R18

2023 BMW R18 Specifications

From BMW


Engine 1802cc, Air/oil cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts above the crankshaft.
Engine Power 91 hp at 4,750 rpm
Bore x Stroke 4.2” x 3.9”
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


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


Suspension Front Telescopic fork
Rear-wheel guide / spring elements 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 Black Storm Metallic, Black Storm Metallic/Vintage, Option 719 Moonstone, Manhattan Metallic Matte


Alternator Permanent magnet generator 600 W (nominal capacity)
Battery 12 V / 26 Ah
Tail Light LED Tail Light


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

805 lbs



2023 BMW R18

2023 BMW R18 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.


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


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 and bolted logo.

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


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

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