All new 2022 BMW R 18 CLASSIC AND INDIAN SUPER CHIEF LIMITED Casual, suitable for touring, generic let's take alook into it deeply

All new 2022 BMW R 18 CLASSIC AND INDIAN SUPER CHIEF LIMITED Casual, suitable for touring, generic let's take alook into it deeply



Although the BMW R 18 Classic adheres to the design specifications of the genre, it not only appears very individual in terms of looks. The Indian Super Chief Limited, on the other hand, is American through and through. We compare these two excavators, bobbers, choppers, cruisers, roadsters - yes, what actually? - in the test.

Who would have thought? Looking for a generic term for BMW R 18 Classic and IndianSuper Chief Limited, in whose company a Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic would also look great, we found: nothing! Where otherwise neatly divided into excavators, bobbers, choppers, cruisers, roadsters, etc., our protagonists suitable for touring remain homeless. Usual identifiers are: (synthetic) leather bags firmly attached to the motorcycle with manageable use, a covered telescopic fork, a small, thick front wheel, running boards (extra charge from BMW), additional headlights (extra charge from Indian) and a windshield with the characteristic semicircle on the Top edge. Of all things, this, actually series-produced shield was, to the regret of the importer, of the Indian test motorcycle, which comes from the very first batch of series production, not included and could no longer be obtained during the test period. The missing square meter of Plexiglas couldn't stop us from testing.


The editors were very excited to see how Indian's Thunderstroke, called Monumental V2, coped with the changeover to Euro 5. And after the test runs, eyes were wide for the time being. The new Indian Chief overshadows everything Indian has ever played. More smoke with less smoke, how does it work? A deep dive into the databases brought the solution to the supposed riddle: all the chiefs measured so far had "only" 1,811 cm³, the equivalent of 110 cubic inches of displacement. This grew to 116 cubic inches in 2020, which is 1,890 cm³. In general, the engine is not only the visual highlight of the Indian Super Chief Limited. It runs mechanically quieter than the boxer in the BMW R 18 Classic and also vibrates noticeably less than the Bayern engine, which is significantly rougher under load and when overrun at higher speeds.


The mapping, which can be selected in three modes, is not entirely successful, however. In sport, the V2 jumps in the cross as if the person was after him, city traffic turns into hell with him. In Standard he is almost too civilized. What he has too much spontaneity in sport is missing here. In addition, he accelerates somewhat with a delay up to around 1,500 rpm, then he gives himself a jolt and puts in all the more forcefully. The deeper meaning of the tour mode doesn't really reveal itself. Ultra-sluggish throttle response is paired with a long idle travel and significantly reduced power output and revving. Perhaps this mode makes sense on the parade rides that are so popular in the United States. Driving fun is not likely to result. So remains standard. Managed by a steady hand, the V2 is quite modest with 4.7 liters of super, the boxer treats himself to 5.4 liters under the same conditions. However, this is reversed in normal driving mode, which allows more longitudinal dynamics. 


Then it can be 6.5 liters with the BMW and one more with the Indian. When it comes to distributing the power to the rear, the directly operated BMW switch box is crisper. The gearbox of the Indian operated via shift linkage operates with longer distances and less precision. The manual clutch force is appropriate here as there for the torques to be transmitted. The gearbox of the Indian operated via shift linkage operates with longer distances and less precision. The manual clutch force is appropriate here as there for the torques to be transmitted. The gearbox of the Indian operated via shift linkage operates with longer distances and less precision. The manual clutch force is appropriate here as there for the torques to be transmitted.


With Rain, Roll and Rock, the BMW R 18 Classic also has three mappings that are similar in character to those of the Indian, but are less extreme in terms of their effects. In other words, the boxer looks less sedated in rain mode and less rough in rock mode than the Indian twin. Regardless of these differences, both drives exude that cozy feeling of almost infinite power, which can only be generated with large individual cubic capacities.

Sitting position and service

And thanks to the equally casual seating position, this nonchalance is immediately transferred to the driver. Even if it requires a certain ability to suffer on longer, monotonous stretches. Because, at least on the Indian, the seating position is hardly variable, on the BMW you can relieve your four letters slightly or move them slightly due to the running boards that are significantly further back. The Indian also requires some getting used to when operating. The round TFT display, which comes with all kinds of information, designs and settings, including telephone coupling, music playback and navigation, can be operated via a touchscreen, a rocker and / or two push buttons on the fittings. Which is not always done intuitively. With BMW, this is easier and more logical, with significantly less information to manage. Music, phone, Navigation? Nothing. It doesn't matter, because after all we want to ride a motorcycle.


All new 2022 BMW R 18 CLASSIC AND INDIAN SUPER CHIEF LIMITED Casual, suitable for touring, generic let's take alook into it deeply


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