BMW Motorrad may be working on a smaller version of the BMW R 18 cruiser motorcycle if latest rumours coming out of Europe are to be believed. It certainly seems like a possible move, considering the gorgeous R 18 that we reviewed recently. BMW Motorrad is already working on different variants based on the basic R 18 platform, and the R 18 Classic has already been launched in India, and another variant based on the standard R 18 is likely to be launched as well in the coming months.
If BMW Motorrad does go ahead with a smaller version of the R 18, it promises to be an exciting package, even more exciting than the R 18, with the 1,170 cc actually making more power (109 bhp, compared to 90 bhp on the R 18), and possibly, less weight on the R 12. The smaller engine from the BMW R nineT will probably be re-tuned to make some more torque lower down to go with the cruiser credentials, styling and performance.
The rumours about the smaller BMW cruiser originate from a report from French publication Le Repaire des Motards, where BMW Motorrad head Dr. Markus Schramm has reportedly indicated that cruisers represent a very important segment in motorcycles over 500 cc, and that the R 18 won't be the end of BMW Motorrad's cruiser line-up, and the logical progression will be a smaller cruiser. Although he didn't explicitly confirm a smaller cruiser, rumour mills have been on overdrive, and putting two and two together, the only logical, and exciting prospect would be to plonk the BMW R nineT mill on a similarly designed cruiser as the R 18. If that happens, it's bound to be an interesting product for sure, and we can't wait to sample it!