It didn’t take long for ‘Kuya Kim’ Atienza to break out his shiny new BMW R18 First Edition. In his latest motovlog, Kuya Kim rode the 1,802cc cruiser to visit his friend, motivational speaker Chinkee Tan in Cainta, Rizal.
On the way, Atienza shared his first ride impression of the BMW R18: “Pagka-slow speed, medyo sa liko kinakailangan mag-ingat tayo because the bike is heavy. Kailangan konting ingat, konting rebolusyon, at tapak sa rear brake—it’s called the friction zone.
“Pero pagka-mabilis, parang ang gaang-gaang ng bike. So, sa diretso okay lang. And the riding position is also perfect because my legs are not cramped. Quite comfortable; I can ride on this bike for a long time.”
According to Atienza, the front twin and rear single disc brakes work well despite the bike’s 345kg curb weight. He can maintain second gear in the middle of traffic and still go fast or slow.
“The bike also has a certain vibration that is very raw. It feels so old. Ganito rin yung feeling ko dun sa lumang BMW,” Kuya Kim added. “Whenever I rev it up, pumapaling ito pa-kaliwa. It’s because of the boxer engine. And I actually like that, it’s the character of the bike. It doesn’t affect the performance of the bike.”
He recently partnered with Petron and BMW Motorrad Philippines for an online campaign. Kuya Kim reportedly partly paid for the BMW R18 First Edition, whose discounted cost is almost P2 million, so no wonder he was thrilled to get on it.
“It’s so beautiful, pagka-ganda ganda talaga. Unashamedly retro, but modern. So, you get the best of both worlds: retro yet modern, all in one bike. I can’t wait ’til I ride this bike, the R18, all the way to maybe Baguio, Ilocos, or La Union. Mas mahaba-haba,” Atienza ended.
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