Custom BMW R 18 wrapped in gunmetal gray abandons retro styling and goes for a sci-fi look


The machine is the creation of the Russian workshop Zillers, known for its daring customs. Last year he worked on the BMW R NineT and turned it into a futuristic Mad Max motorcycle. Today the store turns to the Bavarian brand again to create another exceptional machine that looks like it came from a sci-fi movie.

Zillers gave the R 18 a whole new face and left no trace of its old retro styling. The body appears to be wrapped in metal, which gives the bike a robotic appearance. Crafted from carbon fiber, milled aluminum, and a titanium exhaust, this futuristic R 18 is a fairly lightweight machine.

The Zillers team used 3D printing techniques to create different components for the bike. The CNC machined wheels have a particularly interesting look. To match the body, they feature decorative spokes and are made from one piece forged aluminum. The engine covers were also milled on a CNC machine.

Instead of the original suspension reminiscent of the legendary R 5, the bike now rides on an air suspension developed in-house by Zillers. This allowed the team to eliminate the side stand. Thus, when the bicycle is parked, it can stand on the crampons installed at the bottom of its body.

Elsewhere, the instrument panel was placed over the fuel tank and was folded up to make room in the fuel filler neck. The R 18 also received a custom seat and new LED lights.

The heart of the bike remains the iconic “Big Boxer” engine, which is the highest displacement boxer ever used on a production motorcycle. The two-cylinder powertrain has a displacement of 1,802 cc, delivering maximum torque of 158 Nm (116 lb-ft) at 3,000 rpm. At 4,750 rpm, the Big Boxer delivers 91 hp, which keeps this beast cruising at a top speed of 190 km / h (118 mph).

Although there is no shortage of variations of the R 18, Zillers says his bike is “very special”. This is why the store has only created 13 units in the world. The bike is offered as a complete turnkey or do it yourself kit, and it comes at an equally special price of $ 86,900 for the finished bike.

The kit starts at $ 46,900 and includes the carbon body, air suspension, titanium exhaust, CNC machined forged wheels, and a step-by-step guide to help customers easily assemble the machine. Delivery takes around 4 months for a set of parts and 6 months for the complete bike.


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