BMW Motorrad Thailand together with Smiths Vintage Club, one of Thailand’s leading custom motorcycle communities, will be igniting the spirit of Thai vintage bikers with a passion for customization through the BMW R18 Custom project – which seeks to transform the legendary cruiser with a unique spin while still maintaining the legendary character of BMW Motorrad.
The BMW R18 is a truly classic cruiser founded on the DNA of the BMW Concept R5 – a concept bike that was itself inspired by the original BMW R5 from 80 years ago. Now reborn with a new and larger boxer engine, the bike has proven to be the epicenter of riding pleasure for those with enthusiasm for classic designs. In addition to the thoroughly retro silhouette, the BMW R18 also sports classic touches in its exhaust pipe, fenders, or even systems like the drive shaft, which draws both its components and design from the original model but in a classic black finish that cuts a perfect contrast with the chrome accents.
BMW Motorrad has been confident in the power of the boxer engine since 1923, and it was a natural choice to make its most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine the heart and soul of the BMW R18. This 1,802cc motor delivers a peak output of 91 horsepower and tops out at 150 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm – all while incorporating modern technologies with the spirit of classic bikes to deliver the perfect ride.
The special BMW R18 Custom will be created by Smiths Vintage Club, a renowned lifestyle brand among the community of motorcycle lovers and those with an appreciation for vintage aesthetics. Founded by Khun Son – Soravisit Banjonglaksamee, his unique character has made the Club flourish into an energetic community for vintage bikers in Bangkok.
This BMW R18 Custom project is currently in the process of being sketched out on paper so that the design can draw out the characteristics of Smiths Vintage Club in the best way possible – while still building upon the classic design of the original vehicle. Follow the progress of the BMW R18 Custom from Smiths Vintage Club with project updates throughout September to December via BMW Motorrad Thailand’s Facebook.