2023 BMW R NineT 100 Years and R 18 100 Years Editions First Look
A hundred years of BMW Motorrad
BMW Motorrad is commemorating its 100th anniversary with the release of Special Heritage editions of the R nineT and R18. BMW will produce 1,923 units of each model, recognizing the debut of the brand’s first motorcycle, the R 32, in September 1923 at the German Motor Show in Berlin.
Both models come with a number of chrome and Option 719 parts, including some milled pieces and several paint-on-chrome surfaces. The use of chrome recognizes its historical use in motorcycles, particularly from the 1920s and onwards.
The painted chrome elements actually posed a new challenge that BMW didn’t face in the past with classic models like the R 75/5, because of changes in paint technology. In the past, manufacturers used solvent-based paints which worked well with chromium, but modern solvent-free paints are more finicky.
For the 100 Year editions, BMW had to use a REACH regulation-compliant Chromium III process that requires the metal surface to be polished to a high gloss and be free of dust and scratches. The parts then had to be immersed in various electroplating baths to add layers of copper, nickel, and chromium. Paint can then be added in several layers, with a final clear coat added at the end.
For the U.S., the 2023 BMW R 18 100 Years is priced at $18,990, plus a $895 destination fee. The R nineT 100 Years is priced at $19,995 plus a $695 destination fee. Both models will be available in the first quarter of 2023.
2023 BMW R nineT 100 Years
The R nineT 100 Years edition features a chrome tank with black paint and white double pinstriping, plus a two-tone black/oxblood red seat. The chrome parts are paired with black components such as the fork tubes, air intakes and Option 719 Classic black anodized rims.
The milled cylinder head covers, front engine cover, seat holder, and oil filler plug are from the Option 719 Billet Pack Shadow collection while the adjustable hand levers, pegs, expansion tank covers and bar-end mirrors are from the Billet Pack Shadow II collection.
The R nineT 100 Years edition comes standard with an adaptive cornering headlight, heated grips, cruise control, and Riding Modes Pro. An anti-theft alarm is available as an optional accessory.
2023 BMW R 18 100 Years
The R 18 100 Years edition comes in a similar chrome and black look with double white pin-striping. The seat is also two-toned black and oxblood red, but is embossed with a diamond pattern. BMW calls the black color “Avus Black,” named for a 12.1-mile long high speed race track west of Berlin.
Breaking up the black look is a number of chrome parts including the hand and foot levers, handlebar clamps, handlebar weights, mirrors, brake master cylinders, brake calipers, engine cover, cylinder head covers, and intake manifold covers.
The R 18 100 Years also comes with a chromed Akrapovič exhaust with a perforated tailpipe trim shaped like the BMW logo.
Standard features include Automatic Stability Control, Headlight Pro, cruise control and heated grips. Floorboards and an anti-theft system are available as dealer installed accessories.
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