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    Moving this to Motorrad!
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    Not what I was hoping for
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    I'm sorry - the touring model is just plain ugly! What are they thinking over there in Deutschland?

    But then again - beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    I think it looks cool as hell!
    I bet they sell.
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    Why would they make something like this? Did they observe what is happening to HD and cruisers?
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    Another take on the same bike: https://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/...w-r18-cruiser/ However, nothing new.
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    Looks ok to me. I have liked the big front end and the three lights up front.



    Should be a hit with the younger crowd.......before bmw ages out

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    looks like bmw is trying real hard to make a bike that you can't tell is not a Harley......it is not just a "cruiser", it is a Harley wannabee. yuck.
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    That position won’t sell well with cruiser riders. IMHO, if BMW really wants to make inroads into the cruiser market they would be better served by recognizing that the boxer motor is just not a good fit for the cruiser platform. BMW should focus on the K16 bagger for the big-cruiser buyer then introduce a affordable “starter” cruiser based upon the F-twin engine, which would allow for a traditional cruiser riding position.

    I support BMW broadening it’s market base, since every Deutschmark of profit there helps subsidize the production of bikes we really like, but I fear the R18 as shown below will be a dud in the marketplace. Rule #1 is build what the customer wants, and cruiser buyers don’t want their knees folded up in front of them.

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    Nope

    Not even interested in test riding the thing.
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    I see nothing wrong with BMW fleshing out their model line-up to attract riders who may not be interested in the current models offered.

    As an example, as a Corvette owner I might have zero interest in a Chevy mini-van but I don't begrudge Chevrolet for building them. If this bike is actually produced no one is twisting your arm to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    I see nothing wrong with BMW fleshing out their model line-up to attract riders who may not be interested in the current models offered.
    I agree.
    BMW already has the R1800 so it makes sense to have several models based on the same platform.
    No different than the R1250R, R1250RS, R1250RT, R1250GS, R1250GSA and maybe some day a R1250S.
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    But, but, but, if I don't like it nobody should like it. It isn't fair if somebody likes something I don't like. It just isn't fair!
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