Watsonian reveal BMW R 18 concept sidecar outfit

Watsonian have built a concept sidecar for the BMW R 18 Classic cruiser, featuring an all-new body shell and many bike-specific details.

Demand for sidecars has remained strong over the past 18 months, particularly from owners of retro and cruiser motorcycles, and Watsonian recognised that the new BMW R 18 Classic would be well suited to sidecar duties.

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Its 1800cc boxer twin engine delivers over 150Nm of torque, providing plenty of pulling power, while its twin 300mm diameter four-piston front brakes ensure there is stopping power on hand too.

Inspired by BMW’s rich heritage, the design team at Watsonian chose a new body shell that has been in development during lockdown, because its lines match those on the bike and its shape is evocative of BMW sports cars of the 1930s.

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It sits on a specially-designed platform chassis, with independent suspension, and an R 18 front wheel for balance, both physical and aesthetic. In order to mount the sidecar as close the motorcycle as possible, a section of the nose was removed and a heat shield fitted, to accommodate the large cylinder protruding from the engine block.

Every Watsonian sidecar is built to order in their Cotswold factory, visit www.watsonian-squire.com/to see more.

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