BMW Motorrad India has launched its new retro-themed cruiser R18. The German automaker began accepting pre-bookings back in April and a unit was put up on display recently at the manufacturer’s dealership in Delhi. The motorcycle will be available in two variants — Standard and First Edition, and BMW will additionally offer a wide range of customisation options. A concept variant of the heritage-inspired cruiser was revealed at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este and its pre-war design was created as a tribute to the iconic 1936 BMW R5 cruiser. At the centre of the design is BMW’s biggest boxer twin ever made with a displacement of 1800cc. The air-cooled unit produces 91hp and 158Nm of torque.
The Indian Chief is one of the most celebrated nameplates in motorcycle history. Originally in production from 1922 to the end of the company's production in 1953, the nameplate was revived in 2014 in the form of a modern cruiser with heritage-inspired styling. Presently, its sold in the Dark Horse and Vintage versions and is powered by a 1811cc V-twin engine.
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is arguably the most famous and recognisable cruiser on the market. First launched in 1990, the brute cruiser became a household name after featuring in the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day. For 2020, the Fat Boy is only available with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine with a displacement of 1868cc.
Cruisers are usually associated with old-school styling, relaxed body-position, and tamed performance. However, Ducati presented a sportier alternative in the segment by revealing the Diavel in 2010. It combines cruiser’s comfort with handling and performance of a sportbike. The Diavel is presently available in several different versions and is powered by Ducati’s latest Testastretta DVT 1262cc engine.