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    Here is a link to Motorcycle.com's review of the BMW 1800cc, 82 hp, 761-pound monster. If you pay extra for the premium model, you can get the "headlight pro" option that tilts the headlight when you are leaned way over. The blinged-out version, with all of the factory options, will set you back $22,120 + the usual taxes and fees. BMW says that the expected customer for the R18, prefers short trips to longer rides - and they back that up with a 4..23 gallon gas tank and a 3.5 inch travel rear suspension:
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    Saw a couple youtube clips on the R18 yesterday. Both by Sport/Standard riders who were literally giggling and in awe - though didn't quite understand cruisers. I'll have to pop by the dealer to ogle one. One reviewer said the pics didn't do it justice. Maybe a test ride just for the fun of it if they're offering. Absolutely no intent to buy. I did own two R1200C's and they were fun and unique albeit lacking in ooomph.
    Timing is interesting given the state of the industry but hope it works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard230 View Post
    Here is a link to Motorcycle.com's review of the BMW 1800cc, 82 hp, 761-pound monster.
    I wondered if the 82HP was a typo. Sure enough only 82HP and about 100ft/lbs of torque. From an 1800cc engine!

    For contrast, the 1968 Volkswagen air cooled 1700cc engine had the same outputs for similar RPMs.

    I think I might be out of touch with the cruise market - those numbers are bizarre to me. Nevermind the weigh..!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runmyownlife View Post
    I wondered if the 82HP was a typo. Sure enough 82HP and about 100ft/lbs of torque. From an 1800cc engine!

    For contrast, the 1968 Volkswagen air cooled 1700cc engine had the same outputs for similar RPMs.
    Didn't notice that. Yes, typo. BMW's site claims 91HP, 116ft-lbs. Not shabby at all for an air/oil-cooled cruiser. Edit: I see now - measured at rear wheel vs. manufacturer which I think would be at crankshaft.
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    And here is a review of the R18 by Revzilla, complete with a photo of lots of sparks while cornering (not a good idea in California right now): https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...st-ride-review
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