Going round the bend on a BMW R18

Winona Griggs

Embarking on an Exciting Ride with the BMW R18 Motorcycle

Strap on your helmets and hold on tight, because I’m about to take you on a thrilling journey with the legendary BMW R18 motorcycle. This magnificent two-wheeled wonder has been turning heads and stealing hearts since it first hit the road, and today I’m here to tell you why.

Picture this: you’re cruising down a sun-drenched highway, the wind in your hair, and the roar of the engine filling your ears. With the BMW R18, this dream becomes a reality. Its powerful 1802cc boxer engine packs a punch and propels you forward, delivering an exhilarating experience like no other. From the moment you twist the throttle, you can feel the raw energy surging through your veins.

But it’s not just the heart-racing performance that sets the BMW R18 apart from the rest. This magnificent machine is a work of art on wheels. Its classic design harkens back to a bygone era, with an elegant blend of chrome accents and nostalgic curves. Each curve and contour has been meticulously crafted to perfection, exuding a timeless charm that commands attention wherever you go.

One look at the BMW R18 and you’ll understand why it’s more than just a motorcycle. It’s a statement. A symbol of freedom and individuality. When you ride a BMW R18, you’re not just going from point A to point B – you’re embarking on an adventure. You’re embracing the thrill of the open road and immersing yourself in the beauty of the journey.

But don’t just take my word for it. The BMW R18 has garnered accolades and praise from motorcycle enthusiasts all over the world. Its performance, style, and craftsmanship have captivated riders, leaving them in awe of this mechanical masterpiece.

So, are you ready to elevate your riding experience? If so, then hop on a BMW R18 and get ready to feel the power, the thrill, and the freedom that only this iconic motorcycle can provide. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newcomer to the world of motorcycles, the BMW R18 is sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.


Going round the bend on a BMW R18

When I first laid eyes on the R18, I was completely stumped. It felt as though I had won a blind date with a boxer named Brunhilde who also happened to play the saxophone in a Cabaret. In other words, I had no idea what to do with it. So, I decided to take it whale hunting.

But here’s the catch: the R18 was too big and bulky for me to navigate easily. The coastal road between Cape Town and Llandudno, which I usually breezed through, became more of a leisurely cruise. It gave me the opportunity to gaze out at the sea, hoping to catch a glimpse of Moby Dick’s mysterious spray. Unfortunately, there was no sign of him. However, as I made my way through the winding curves of Chapman’s Peak and the less complex coastal road between Cape Point and Simon’s Town, I suddenly noticed a captivating shadow dancing across the ocean. It was a pod of dolphins!

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Without wasting any time, I pulled over and launched my drone into the sky. This allowed me to capture breathtaking footage of the dolphins from a unique aerial perspective.

As I filmed, something shifted. The passersby didn’t care about my footage; they were entranced by the magnificent machine before them. An old-timer, with a rugged face full of history, began sharing stories of café racing and the memories it held. He couldn’t contain his excitement when he mentioned the R69, which had transformed into something even greater – longer, lower, and undeniably sexier. The mere thought of its 1800cc engine, the most potent BMW boxer engine ever created, sent shivers down his spine.

Leaving the serpentine roads behind, it all became clear as the road stretched out like a black ribbon. The wind howled and the desire for a windshield grew stronger. So, I extended my body, leaning into the rushing air, and when I hit the speed of one hundred miles per hour, a thrilling tremor ran through me. It was as though I had just struck a massive beast with a harpoon. I was bound to this incredible titan, and I couldn’t help but wonder how much more power it had in store.

After that intense experience, I definitely needed a drink. So, I headed to Franschhoek, a place where they didn’t allow alcohol. But that wasn’t my main reason for going there. I had my eyes set on something else – the famous pass. It was the ultimate test for both man and machine, and even baboons. Believe it or not, I almost collided with one of those creatures as it darted across the road on the third turn. We were equally surprised, I think. That baboon had witnessed all kinds of motorcycles racing through his mountain. If only he could speak, he’d be the most experienced commentator in MotoGP history. But here I was, riding a bike that looked like those old classics he had seen chugging up the hill. Could they really handle this much speed? He barked at me, and I barked back, revving the engine as I zipped past the bend, just narrowly avoiding the loose gravel on the side of the road.

As I rode through the mountain pass, I couldn’t help but be amazed by the graceful curves that lay ahead. It didn’t matter how fast I was going, those curves had a beauty that captivated me. The pots on the side of the road seemed to dance as I zipped past them, a symphony playing in my mind. Was it Beethoven’s “Ninth” or perhaps Rammstein’s “Ghost in the Machine?” I couldn’t quite recall. Just as I was lost in the music, the scrape of my foot peg snapped me back to reality.

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Slowing down a bit, I continued on my journey with a more tranquil pace, as if moving to the tune of the “Moonlight Sonata.” Over the top of the pass, down and up again, I felt a lightness in my heavy metal revival. It was as if the wind itself was guiding me, carrying me along.

In that moment, I realized that this ride was more than just a passing fling. I wanted to explore this relationship further, to go faster and see where it could take me. However, there was one condition: I needed a screen.

Going round the bend on a BMW R18

The Technical Side of Things

When you first lay eyes on the BMW R18, you might not think of it as a “technical” motorcycle. And that’s exactly what makes it so compelling. It’s a bike for true enthusiasts – a beast of an engine housed within a classic cruiser frame, stripped down to its core. However, don’t be fooled by its vintage appearance. Beneath that timeless exterior lies a fair amount of modern technology.

For instance, the BMW R18 comes equipped with features like Automatic Stability Control, cornering ABS, and cruise control. These advanced systems enhance your riding experience and ensure you have optimal control over the bike at all times.

Another clever addition to the R18 is the reverse assist gear. With a weight of 345kg, maneuvering this heavyweight on slopes can be quite a challenge. But fear not, this handy feature makes it effortless to park the bike, even on an incline.

When it comes to riding modes, the R18 doesn’t skimp on options. You have three modes to choose from: Rain, Roll, and Rock. While each mode offers a different riding experience, it seems that selecting Rock is the best way to go – unless you find yourself caught in a heavy downpour.

The Most Powerful BMW Boxer Engine to Date

Back in 1923, BMW started making air-cooled boxer engines. They started with a small 486cc flat-twin, but now, a hundred years later, they’ve come out with this massive 1802cc beast. It’s truly impressive. It can churn out 67 kW (91 hp) of power at 4,750 rpm, but what really gets me excited is the crazy amount of torque it has – a whopping 150 Nm that’s available at all times between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm.

Now, let’s talk about some of the cool features this bike has:

  • You’ve got keyless ride, so no more fumbling for your keys.
  • The rear swingarm has an enclosed axle drive, and the telescopic fork with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut make for a smooth and comfy ride.
  • LED lighting for better visibility.
  • A cool exposed drive shaft that adds to the bike’s rugged look.
  • And if you’re into customizing your ride, BMW Motorrad Accessories have got you covered with their Ride & Style Collection – they even offer different screens for added style.
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While You’re in Franschhoek

Going round the bend on a BMW R18

Switch out your saddle for a calmer journey at Paradise Cottages & Stables. It’s a fantastic way to leisurely explore the countryside and indulge in some wine tasting without the worries of drinking and driving – a dangerous proposition on a motorcycle, but absolutely delightful on a real horse. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, everyone is welcome.

Wine tasting while horseback riding (about 4 hours)

Ride through picturesque vineyards, lush forests, and over majestic mountains, making stops at Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle. At each wine estate, you’ll have 30-45 minutes to savor the flavors. The cost is R1200 per person, and wine tasting is included.

Short wine tasting while horseback riding (about 2.5 hours)

Hey there! Ready for an amazing adventure?

Picture this: you and your friends taking a scenic ride through picturesque vineyards, lush forests, and over majestic mountains. Sounds incredible, right? But wait, it gets even better!

One of the highlights of this unforgettable experience is a stop at Mont Rochelle, a renowned wine estate. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to partake in a delightful wine tasting. Isn’t that amazing? Sipping on exquisite wines, surrounded by stunning views – it’s like a dream come true!

As if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s another surprise waiting for you. Along the way, we’ll also make a 45-minute pitstop at the wine estate. That means you’ll have the chance to explore the grounds, take in the breathtaking scenery, and soak up the peaceful ambiance.

And guess what? This fantastic experience, including the wine tasting, is available for just R900 per person. Yes, you read that right! It’s an incredible deal that you don’t want to miss out on.

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Going round the bend on a BMW R18

Welcome to La Cotte Farm! This hidden gem has been a part of our village since 1698, when it was granted to French Immigrants. It’s a peaceful and secluded spot, situated just a short distance from the bustling main street. We’ve taken the traditional French style and added a modern touch, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere.

When you visit La Cotte Farm, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the stunning views that surround us. Take a seat on our lawn, right in front of the restaurant, and marvel at the majestic garden. We grow our own ingredients here, ensuring that our meals not only taste amazing but are also visually appealing.

At La Cotte Farm, we offer a range of accommodation options to suit different needs. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, we have something for you. Our Orchard Cottages can comfortably sleep 2-6 guests, while our Main House and Lake Cottage are perfect for larger groups of up to 10. Prices start at R2 340 per room. To make a reservation, simply give us a call at +27 (0)21 207 3907 or send an email to [email protected]


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