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The R18 cruiser is a blank canvas for builders and tuners, according to BMW's motorcycle division. It's been transformed into a dragster adorned with kidney grilles, and now it's unlike anything else on the road. Read more about this futuristic two-wheeler.
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BMW R18 production is limited to 13 units worldwide!
R18: A Complete Makeover
Zillers Garage in Russia gave the R18 a thorough makeover, including a new external design and major suspension changes. The bike, which is still known as R18, appears to have been beamed from the future to 2021, with carbon fiber body panels, CNC-milled wheels, and various 3D-printed components. From the outside, there's little indication that this motorcycle was formerly a BMW.
An air suspension system that replaces the factory-fitted steel arrangement is one of the trendiest and most startling changes. While air suspension systems are very prevalent in cars and have been for more than two decades, they are almost unknown on motorcycles. As a result, the R18 BMW motorcycle isn't supported by a kickstand; instead, it rests on a pair of spikes fastened to the skid plate.
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Zillers appears to have left the R18's powerful engine alone. The engine is a 1.8-liter flat-twin with air cooling that produces 91 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque. It propels the R18 to a peak speed of 118 mph, and we're sure it sounds fantastic while doing so.
The Zillers R18 begins at $44,900, which is a lot of money for a motorbike. Purchasers may order it as a fully-assembled turnkey model or as a kit that they must assemble themselves — or pay someone else to do it for them. Production is restricted to 13 units globally, with a kit taking four months and a full bike taking six months to arrive.
Carbon Fiber Motorcycles
Carbon fiber on bikes is a stunning-looking accent as well as a very strong material. It has unique qualities that make it excellent for a variety of applications, including aircraft, vehicles, and sporting goods. Carbon fiber for motorcycles is suitable since it provides incredibly light and stiff pieces when mixed with resin to form a composite. Its principal characteristics are strength and lightweight, which is a plus for motorbikes and extremely beneficial in high-performance conditions.
BMW and Carbon Fiber
BMW demonstrated that the carbon fiber technology it had developed in racing and road vehicles could be applied to two wheels when it debuted the S 1000 RR-based HP4 Race in 2017. The HP4 RACE was the first stock motorcycle in the world to have fully carbon rims and chassis. The all-carbon-fiber chassis weighs 7.8 kg (17 lb), and fairing makes excellent use of carbon fiber.
It'll only be a matter of time before more mass-produced carbon sportbikes hit dealerships.
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