Technically, there are no differences between the R 18 and the Classic. Both machines have the three driving modes Rock, Roll & Rain and of course Ride-by-Wire. As already mentioned, the Classic has cruise control on board as standard.
We find it somewhat surprising that BMW has decided to use the standard buttons on the R 18 models as well. This probably has financial and logistical reasons, but somehow these rather modern-looking switches don't quite fit the bike - at least that's what we think.
In terms of lighting, the R 18 Classic is at the forefront. Full LED, optionally available adaptive cornering lights and the two LED auxiliary headlights not only look great, but also ensure an illuminated road and good sight. The fact that the rear and brake lights have been integrated into the turn signals at the rear is not so great, but of course it is somehow stylish.