A first glance will tell you BMW played things pretty conservatively with the new design. It looks much like an updated bobber, in a classic style that riffs heavily on the old R5 model from the ’30s. Indeed, the R5 Hommage bike from the 2016 Concorso was pretty close in style and intent, bridging the gap between new and old. BMW plays to its strengths on this Concept, but it doesn’t bash you over the head with them: Here’s the signature boxer jug on either side, here’s the chrome shaft drive (exposed), over here’s the loop frame and, of course, the classic black paint with hand-laid double pinstripes on the teardrop fuel tank. (Although that color scheme looks traditional, it isn't entirely old-school; a special membrane is incorporated into the different layers of paint creating an odd sense of depth. Look at the shots with light hitting the surface.) It even looks like BMW went to great pains to make Concept R18 look like a hardtail, but a closer peek uncovers a cleverly tucked-in solo shock riding under the saddle.