The R18 is a great bike but it really needs to fit the cruiser lifestyle. I’m not saying only go to biker bars but you have to plan where you’re staying (usually a hotel) and not expect a lot of space to lock up your things for the day. No matter what you do with the R18 (on-road), you will undoubtedly enjoy the ride. It’s a unique motorcycle and a hoot to ride. Oh…about the attention you’ll receive.
I almost forgot to mention this bike will get more attention than anything you could do with yourself at 24 hour fitness. Everywhere I park the bike, no matter where that is, someone will walk past the bike, stop and look at it and then suddenly, they’re taking photos of it and one guy even called a friend on the phone while looking at the bike all while I sat in the cafe drinking coffee. One guy on a bike passed by the taco stand, turned around crossing 4 lanes of traffic to park and stare at the bike. Dozens of people ask me questions about it, some ask to sit on it and one stranger asked if they could start it up. It’s the most attention getting motorcycle I’ve ever owned and it’s across all (male) demographics. Usually the old men would ask me about my dirt bike or dual sport and some less older men would ask me about my GS. Some women would ask heather about her GS but again, 50s and up demographic This R18 is appealing to everyone. Kids stop and go “whoa that is cool” and a 25 or so year old man who owns a Subaru noticed the opposed cylinders and asked me if it was like his boxer. I’ve had women tell their husbands “that looks more comfortable than the one I ride on” and try and convince them to go buy one. It’s absurd. I didn’t get the bike to get attention but it really turns heads!