2018 BMW Motorcycle Updates
We’d like to say that this article covers all the changes for the 2018 BMW motorcycle model year, but BMW has been known to keep a few cards to themselves and sometimes even take some back. What we can say is that, as of now, this is what we know about the 2018 BMW motorcycle lineup. Most of the changes announced affect the 2018 BMW R1200 series sport bike, with a few other model changes for good measure.
2018 BMW R1200GS & R1200GSA
Both models feature new auxiliary LED lighting, but the GSA – “A” is for Adventure – gets a host of optional equipment choices. “Pro Riding” modes feature even more modes to tune your bike to your own preferences and riding conditions. Dynamic traction control, pro anti-lock brakes, and hill start control are all part of the package. Keyless riding and adaptive suspension are also new for this year. The optional Connectivity Option, with a 6.5-inch TFT display, connects with smartphone or helmet communication systems via Bluetooth. Color options Racing Red, Light White/Cordoba Blue, and Black Storm Metallic Matte, Dark Slate Metallic, and Achat Grey new for this year, but Racing Red Matte and Light White have been dropped.
2018 BMW R1200RT
We really like that BMW has now made the dynamic brake light and ABS Pro, optimized for banking turns, part of the standard equipment package on the new R1200RT. New option equipment choices include dynamic traction control and BMW Motorrad Spezial colors and accessories. The R1200RT Sport features new Mars Red Metallic / Dark Slate Metallic Matte colors, though Platinum Bronze will no longer be available.
2018 BMW R1200R and R1200RS
No equipment changes were announced for the R1200R, but a new color replaces the no-longer-available Thunder Grey Metallic, Iced Chocolate Metallic. Similarly, the R1200RS features a couple new options, Frozen Bronze Metallic and Black Storm Metallic, though Lupin Blue Metallic was dropped.
2018 BMW S1000XR
The old Light White / Granite Grey Metallic / Racing Red color scheme has been replaced by the company’s red-white-blue scheme, now featuring Light White / Racing Blue Metallic / Racing Red.
2018 BMW C650 Sport and C650GT
On the C650 Sport, the Valencia Orange Metallic Matte has been dropped, replaced by Austin Yellow. The C650GT’s Frozen Bronze Metallic color option has been replaced with a new color option, Ocean Blue Metallic Matte.
2018 BMW K1600GT, K1600GTL, and K1600B
All three luxury bikes now have available LED auxiliary lighting as an option.
2018 BMW F700GS, F800GS, and F800GSA
BMW dropped a few colors from the F-series, such as the F700GS, in Racing Red, the F800GS, in Ostra Grey Metallic, and the F800GSA, in Catalano Grey Metallic. Racing Blue Metallic, with a Light White frame, is newly available on the two GS models.
2018 BMW HP4 Race Limited Edition
Limited to just 750 units worldwide, and starting at $78,000, this carbon fiber racing bike weighs in at just 377 pounds and is powered by a 1.0-liter 215-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. This insanely special bike is built by hand for each specific buyer, from the serial number 001/750 to 750/750, to seat height, handlebar tapering, footrest position, and more. Race-specific tuning and controls give riders maximum potential on the track.
BMW Motorrad Spezial Options
Factory-installed customization options are expanded for the 2018 model year, as well, with BMW Motorrad Spezial equipment and paint options, originally developed to customize the Heritage series BMW R nineT. BMW Motorrad Spezial options, such as milled aluminum covers, customs seats, and more, will also be available to customize the K1600GT, K1600GTL, and R1200RT.
True, some models weren’t mentioned, which we hope means that nothing was taken away from them, and others are getting new color or equipment options. Of course, BMW taketh, as well, so we’re sorry to see some of these color and equipment options disappear. Still, speak up if something is missing, and maybe BMW will bring it back!