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BMW Announce Exclusive 100 Year Anniversary Models

BMW have announced two highly exclusive limited edition motorcycles to celebrate the companies 100-year history. 35 specimens of the anniversary models both the R nineT Roadster and R 18 Cruiser will be headed for Australian dealerships with the first due to arrive in late Q1 of 2023.

In keeping with the year in which BMW Motorrad was founded, both models are limited to 1,923 units each.

BMW R nineT 100 Years encapsulates the great roadster tradition from BMW Motorrad in particular the refined and sophisticated packaging.The minimalistic design language of the R nineT is shaped by 100 years of motorcycle construction and BMW Motorrad’s unbroken passion for the boxer engine.

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The classic roadster design sets the scene with a compact tank and upright seating position as well as high-quality materials and stylish design elements. At the heart of the R nineT lies an air/oil-cooled, 80 kW (109 hp) two-cylinder boxer engine. Aside from the legendary engine, the anniversary edition is also accompanied by a wide range of options and an elaborate surface concept.

BMW Motorrad R nineT 100th Anniversary Edition
BMW Motorrad R nineT 100th Anniversary Edition

Paint finishes in combination with chrome surfaces also have an almost 100-year tradition in motorcycle construction. Chrome surfaces, typically consisting of a copper, nickel and final chrome layer which is defined by their hardness.

This results in high durability, protection against corrosion, and a characteristic radiant, mirror- like shine. This made chrome a common stylistic device for designers from the late 1920s onwards, in combination with high-quality paint concepts.

The tank is a combination of black with chrome and white double- lining and is complemented by knee pads and a 100 Years badge. Classic chrome is also found on the seat hump.

The front wheel cover is also painted in black and features white double lining. The seat bench in two-tone combination black/oxblood rounds off the high-quality look. Numerous black components such as fork tubes, air intake snorkel and some Option 719 components complement this harmoniously.

BMW Motorrad R nineT 100th Anniversary Edition
BMW Motorrad R nineT 100th Anniversary Edition

The R nineT 100 Years includes the 719 Classic wheels option with black anodised rim rings, the Option 719 Shadow milled parts package with milled cylinder head covers, engine housing covers, seat holders, oil filler plug and the Option 719 Shadow II milled parts package, consisting of adjustable hand levers and a footrest system, pillion footrests as well as expansion tank covers and handlebar end mirrors.

Adaptive turning light and the Comfort Package with heated grips, cruise control and Driving Modes Pro complete the extensive equipment of the edition model. An anti-theft alarm system can also be retrofitted as part of the optional equipment ex works or via the range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories.

BMW R 18 100 Years features special paintwork and surface concept with Classic Chrome. The unmissable centre piece of the R 18 100 Years is the 67 kW (91 hp) boxer engine with the largest displacement ever installed by BMW Motorrad.

Both technically and visually, the BMW R 18 borrows elements from famous BMW models such as the BMW R 5 and puts the focus back on the essentials of motorcycling: purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the epicentre of riding pleasure.

The big boxer is also complemented by numerous special features as well as a high-grade surface concept in the anniversary edition of the R 18. The colour scheme of the R 18 100 Years, like that of the anniversary model of the R nineT, is in Classic Chrome and thus combines black paintwork and high-gloss chrome surfaces with a white double lining and a 100 Years badge.

The paint-on-chrome concept in Classic Chrome is also found on the rear wheel cover in combination with white double lining. The front wheel cover and the side covers are painted in black, complemented by white double lining on the front mudguard.

The Option 719 seat upholstered in the bicolour combination black/oxblood with high-quality diamond embossing blends in harmoniously. Black as a symbolic colour scheme of great BMW Motorrad tradition also adorns the engine, transmission housing and rear axle drive.

The R 18 100 Years is complemented by numerous chrome parts from the Chrome design option. The high-quality and durable galvanic surface coating can be found on these parts: Handlebar fittings, gearshift and foot brake levers, handlebar clamps, handlebar weights, mirrors, brake master cylinders, brake calipers, engine casing covers, cylinder head covers and intake manifold trims.

BMW Motorrad R 18 Cruiser 100th Anniversary Edition
BMW Motorrad R 18 Cruiser 100th Anniversary Edition

Other features of the BMW R 18 100 Years also include chromed Akrapovic rear silencers with perforated tailpipe trims in the “propeller style” of the BMW brand logo. Safety and comfort are ensured by Headlight Pro with adaptive turning light, reversing aid, electronic cruise control and heated grips.

As part of the optional equipment ex works, the new BMW R 18 100 Years can also be equipped with anti-theft alarm system, pillion package, running boards, Hill Start Control, lockable fuel filler cap and power reduction.

With the R nineT and R 18 models in the Heritage experience world, BMW Motorrad is paying due tribute to its almost 100-year history and tradition, which is inextricably linked with the legendary boxer engine.

For further information please contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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