BMW plans the most ridiculous A2 compatible motorcycle ever

BMW is reported to be working on an A2 variant of its goliath cruiser tourer the R18

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THE A2 motorcycle sector is an extremely competitive and lucrative field. In the UK and Europe, brands are clamouring to get their de-tuned versions of their larger, faster and sexier models, into the hands of eager A2 licence holders. To date though, we haven’t seen many A2 cruisers that pack nearly two litres in capacity – although BMW might be about to change all that.

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If the reports are true, and we think they are, those crazy Germans are working on an A2 compatible version of its ginormous R18 cruiser, placing one of the longest, lowest, and shiniest retro motorcycles right into the hands of A2 licence holders!

The news is fairly surprising, after all, it was only around a year ago that we were talking about Beemer launching a smaller, lighter, and easier to manage R18 onto the market. Instead, the 91bhp, 1,800cc boxer twin will be getting a specific 47bhp model.

While opening up the world of the R18 to newer, possibly less experienced riders on the face of it seems like a great idea, there are a few things that could cause an issue. Firstly, the R18 comes in at £18,995 in standard trim. For £6,000 less than that you could bag yourself the lighter, easier to ride and also A2 compliant Harley-Davidson Softail Standard and go crazy with the accessories. It is just as authentic, better for new and aspiring riders and more engaging to ride.

Will the BMW R18 A2 come to the UK?

The bike was first reported by the reputable French website, Le Repaire Des Motards, who are claiming the bike is set for launch in October – we assume 2021. With the UK having a thriving A2 market we’d be surprised if it didn’t get released here – although we doubt you’ll spot many out and about on the roads.