2021 Motorcycle Previews 2021 BMW R 18 Factory Customs First Look: Beyond the First Edition

2021 BMW R 18 Factory Customs First Look: Beyond the First Edition

The rollout of the 2021 BMW R 18 was an unorthodox process. Before we even saw a pre-production version from BMW, we were seeing pure custom motorcycles powered by the new 1802cc Big Boxer. Eventually, pre-production models appeared at events such as the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, with the showroom-ready stock and lightly customized First Edition finally revealed this week.

Given BMW’s method of reveal, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the BMW R 18 is designed with personalization in mind. Further, along with the debut of the stock R 18, BMW has plenty of photos of three customized versions using accessories from partners, as well as BMW Motorrad, that will be available at BMW dealers.

2021 BMW R 18 Factory Customs First Look: Beach Cruiser

There is a trio of high-profile suppliers for the German marque’s marquee Berlin Built motorcycle, and they are all American companies—Roland Sands Design, Mustang Seats, and Vance & Hines. They range from a beach cruiser styling, to traditional American cruiser with ape hangers, to an R 18 built for two with style.

Roland Sands Design will be offering milled aluminum parts divided up into two collections—Machined and 2-Tone-Black. The Machined parts are painted black, milled, and then selectively polished to give them a high-contrast appeal. The 2-Tone pieces used double-black anodizing to create both glossy and matte textures.

2021 BMW R 18 Factory Customs First Look: Ape Hangers Chopper

There will be a vast number of Roland Sands Design pieces, including wheels of various diameters (16- to 21-inches), cylinder head covers, engine guards, handlebar clamps, speedometer housings, intake covers, levers, grips, and risers, among many other items.

Mustang Seats are contributing one- and two-person seats, with them available in different colors, with or without backrests, and with a focus on either comfort or looks.

2021 BMW R 18 Factory Customs First Look: Two-Up

The unabashedly fluid 1930s-informed mufflers on the standard 2021 BMW R 18 are a source of controversy—they’re loved by some, and despised by others. Vance & Hines will be a savior to the latter, with more subdued mufflers in chrome or a durable black ceramic coating. The sound will undoubtedly be altered by the Vance & Hines R 18 units, but that remains to be heard.

In the meantime, inspire your imagination with these three fantastic 2021 BMW R 18 factory custom motorcycles. Significant changes to the appearance of the R 18 are possible from the collection, as evidenced in the photos—even the fork covers and footpegs are not sacrosanct.

2021 BMW R 18 Factory Customs Photo Gallery


Don Williams
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With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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