BMW Motorrad partnered with VTR Motorrad AG & VTR Customs in Schmerikon, Switzerland, to create the world’s first and only BMW Motorrad R18 “IRON ANNIE”. This aviation-inspired motorcycle pays tribute to “Aunt Ju” Junkers Ju 52, a legendary three-engine commercial and transport aircraft from the 1930s.
Aesthetically, the speedometer dial is integrated into the tank, similar to old cockpit instruments found on many aircraft, while corrugated aluminium planking, a riding saddle-like seat and great & black “IRON ANNIE” color scheme add the finishing touches. Power comes from the factory 1.8L engine making 91 hp and 116 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox, enabling it to hit a top speed of 111 mph. Other upgrades include a shorter 7cm fork, a height-adjustable Wilbers shock absorber, custom 18″ / 21″ wheels by Kineo, and racing-style HC3 pumps from Magura were fitted in place of the standard R 18 brake and clutch fittings.
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One of the big challenges with the R 18 IRON ANNIE was the replica cooling fins in the area of the rear silencers. Shaping these parts into parallel and beautiful radii and at the same time still fastening them harmoniously took a number of attempts. What almost pained us a little when we saw all the handmade, bright aluminum sheets shimmering and shining was that they would have to be painted. However, we are extremely satisfied with the result because the R 18 IRON ANNIE differs even more clearly from our well-known SPITFIRE, which is also designed in aviation style,” said Daniel Weidmann, Owner & Managing Director of VTR Motorrad & VTR Customs.