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Will this be the next Bond Bike



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Retro styling is cool, I've ridden the air cooled boxer engine BMW R1200C, getting my size 14 boots under the heads to the controls is a tight squeeze. You need Pierce Brosnan feet...




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Nice Harley attempt.Don't see this as a Bond bike. But of course I have been wrong many times before. ( - =
 
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How much heat comes off those heads. Seems like your shin would get toasted on a hot day.
 
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I still own #3. Why would BMW ever want to copy Harley?
 
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Looks more like vintage BMW than Harley to me. Some of the ugliest exhaust systems ever installed on a motorcycle. The bolt on head covers look cheap.

1.8 is a big twin, 91 HP should feel pretty lively. 760 lbs wet!
 
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Why another bike for the cruiser market? I thought the cruiser market was contracting.


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I like it. Nice new take on their classic boxer twin. Want the dispatch rider seat with the low bars, but with the straight black pipes, not those ugly chrome things.

I'll bet that thing makes torque like the bottom end of Hoover Dam.



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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Quandt and all the little Quandtlings:

Call me when you finally dig deep enough into your own history to build a modern cruiser that I actually want. May I suggest springing for a copy of "The Illustrated BMW Motorcycle Buyer's Guide"?

http://thevintagent.com/2017/1...d-test-1929-bmw-r16/

Hell, the G-string "fairing" alone would absolutely transform the R18 aesthetically.
 
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Clearly beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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Nope, NOT seeing it....I'd imagine the next 'Bond Bike' would look a lot more Ducati-esque. Cool


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BMW's new R18 looks pretty good ...

That makes one of us. Razz
 
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I could really do without the "ape-hanger" handlebars.
 
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I could really do without the "ape-hanger" handlebars.


Those are options, went to the kerz-figerinstaz-iater, the bike with the apes is orderable with that option, but it's not standard..

This is pretty much the bone stock look...




 
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Retro styling is cool, I've ridden the air cooled boxer engine BMW R1200C, getting my size 14 boots under the heads to the controls is a tight squeeze.


Actually the R1200C is considered oil cooled. It incorporates 2 oil pumps, one low volume/high pressure for lubrication and one high volume/low pressure sends it through the oil cooler. I believe BMW air cooled engines ended in 1996.
I guess the R18 is somewhat styled as a retro BMW R60/2, or maybe an even earlier R50, for hipsters. What I don't care for is the sheer size of the thing, it has a 68" wheelbase, weighs 750 pounds, and its 1800cc motor is 3 times the displacement (and power) of what it's trying to copy. For reference an R60/2 wheelbase is a foot shorter and it weighs over 300 pounds less. It'd be cool if BMW made an updated Airhead, actually the closest thing to one is being made now, only by Moto Guzzi..... which is probably why I have one.
Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is almost exactly the same size and weight as an R60/2. It has a 700cc air cooled, 2 valve, V-twin only with modern touches like fuel injection, 6-speed transmission, ABS brakes, and tubeless tires.



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Why another bike for the cruiser market? I thought the cruiser market was contracting.
Everyone exiting has left a void at this motor size. You can either buy an overpriced mediocre ubiquitous motorcycle from a t-shirt company, a rather unconventional Ducatti Diavel, a dated Indian Chief, or an even more dated model from Suzuki. To me, it looks like BMW is aiming for Ducati performance but a more traditional look.



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I’d rather see Bond ride the R Nine T or perhaps this fire breathing monster.

 
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I am a BMW rider / fan, but its a nope for me. The water cooled Boxer with VVT (ShiftCam) is the way to go, IMHO, if you are into horizontally opposed motors.


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Air cooled engines are going the way of the dodo...


The 1200C may have been cooled by oil, however the engine still has air cooled cylinders note the fins, neither has a water radiator, similar to some HD models.

Even HD's water cooled are still air cooled to a point... Hence Wet Heads, the heads are water cooled...

Word is HD has restricted production for 2021 to 95,000 units, mostly because of a short production time frame, demand and prices will be high... I predict a reduction in overall dealers, to be blamed on poor design, lack of a major high speed model made by Eric Buell and dying off old customer base Roll Eyes mostly by guys who dont own one and never would.

I like to have something a bit different, even if it's the same HD my neighbor has Razz , Bought Road glides when everyone said they were ugly and wouldn't sell, now, every one has one...

The Goootzi is nice.... I kinda like the BMW in a it's not an HD or regular high speed luxobarge BMW. Don't fit on crotch rockets anymore so those are out.



 
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Now 'that' is cool. The frame and tank design is art.



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