For years the BMW R nineT has been under the knife and undergoing some major transformations at the hands of some of the most skilled fabricators on the planet. Cosmetic and performance tweaks have brought the bike to life in every imaginable form and function. The team at BMW has always believed it is the Ultimate Riding Machine. The title may remain secure even as BMW released the newest two-wheel iteration out oof their factory. They want a different trophy for the mantle.
With the release of the 2021 R 18, they’re gunning for the Ultimate Cruising Machine honors as well. To commemorate their entrance into the cruiser market, they’ve teamed up with Bernhard Naumann for a custom build. The result is a stunning take on a long-distance cruiser that can still get you there quickly. A blank canvas for an artist that has proven his ability time and time again delivered an all-new experience for those well versed in the way of the BMW motorcycle. Interestingly, Naumann prefers to operate without the constraints of sketches and concepts, allowing the build to unfold in real-time. This eliminates any pressure from preconceived ideas and allows for an artistic evolution as lines start to develop around the bike. The timeless visual appeal of this build is only matched by its power and performance.
BMW has counted on the boxer engine since 1923 with conviction. The 1,802 cc two-cylinder boxer engine of the R 18 is the highest displacement boxer that BMW has ever built. It delivers a maximum torque of 116 lbs-ft at 3,000 rpm. At 4,750 rpm, the Big Boxer delivers 91 hp combining its core tradition with modern technology for pure emotion on the road. If you get a chance to see the Bernhard Neumann BMW R 18 in person, you better hope it’s parked. That’s your only shot as seeing it close enough to appreciate all it has to offer, both for the eyes and the soul.
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