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BMW Motorrad Unveils R18M and R18 Aurora

February 2, 2022

Verona Bike Expo

The Verona Motor Bike Expo was the perfect stage to showcase two exclusive motorcycle custom projects based on the BMW R 18 to Italian and European enthusiasts. The engines are the result of the collaboration of BMW Motorrad Italy and its dealer network. The R18M is a project developed by the Italian magazine LowRide and created by American Dreams and the R18 Aurora was created by Garage 221 on behalf of BMW Motorrad Roma.


The letter ‘M’ is only given to sporty BMW products. Previously only to cars, but quite recently the first motorcycle was allowed to carry the letter. The R18M was born out of the idea to give the BMW Cruiser a more streamlined and sportier appearance, without fuss but with the retro lines of the R18. “In the R18M design we find suggestions from the tradition of BMW Motorrad and references to the four-wheelers: M stands for Motorsport” as the director of LowRide Giuseppe Roncen described the project. The bike is lighter and has a different seating position, which should provide a more enjoyable driving experience. Furthermore, nothing has changed in the engine, except for the exhaust. The R18M can be clearly recognized by the three M colors that separate the white and black sides. The old M logo completes the sporty retro image.

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BMW R18 Aurora

The other custom R18 comes from the builders of Garage 221. They prefer the classic side. This choice is further emphasized by the use of parts from other BMW models. For example, the saddle is from the 1200 C from 2005. Furthermore, parts were used from a 1982 R100 and part of the subframe comes from a 1991 K75. The RT100 served as the inspiration for the color. Nice detail is the oil cooler of the R18 Aurora, where the well-known kidneys of the BMW cars are used as inspiration.