When the BMW Group unveiled the Concept R18 build last summer at the Concorso d’Eleganza on Lake Como, you could almost hear the collective gasp from the crowd. Here was an elegantly muscular, historically inspired concept that could have passed for a ready-to-roll custom, yet one that served as a clear testament to the BMW R5’s timeless lines and paint scheme. The art deco bob-job felt much closer to a production version than the two previous builds using the massive R 18 powerplant, Custom Works Zon’s Departed and the Revival Cycles Birdcage bike, and with its huge displacement, lazy rake, and long, low silhouette, the Concept R 18 didn’t necessarily challenge cruiser orthodoxy but rather expanded upon it. The build looked fully formed, with tight finishes, well-chosen materials, and many components looking close to being final versions. The buzz on the street afterward was that there might be an update or even a production date given at EICMA 2019; after all, this big boxer has been teased for going on two years now.