The BMW R 18 Transcontinental

The road’s best dressed icon

The R 18 Transcontinental offers you exclusive and luxurious travelling. As a member of the R 18 family it represents BMW Motorrad’s tradition and is deeply rooted in the here and now: its unmistakeable front end with the tall windscreen and the mighty Big Boxer promise a comfortable, powerful ride for miles. The automatic load compensation feature accurately adapts the chassis to the load applicable to the motorcycle. And thanks to it being prepared for customising you can exactly define your R 18 Transcontinental according to what you will discover on every trip: yourself. Simply put: classic #SoulFuel.

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Design of the R 18 Transcontinental

Travelling broadens the mind – and forms things like our character

The R 18 Transcontinental looks like it could just eat up the miles. The large front-wheel cover and the striking front end with both additional headlights form the starting point for the elegant streamlining. The 24-litre tank, wind deflectors, footboards and the topcase with backrest for the passenger complete the clearly defined look.

    R 18 Transcontinental First Edition

    The Black storm metallic paintwork with white double lines, wheels with silver-grey, contrasting machining and numerous chrome-plated details, such as the cylinder head covers or engine housing cover, demonstrate that style and confidence are crucial, at any time and anywhere.

    Black storm metallic

    The colour scheme emphasises the elegant character of the R 18 Transcontinental. The Big Boxer, the comprehensive equipment: a power pack waiting for you that is prepared for anything.

    Option 719 Galaxy dust metallic/Titan silver 2 metallic

    Just like your bike, the landscape changes while you eat up the miles. Depending on the angle and sunlight, the paintwork glows in shades from violet to turquoise blue – effectively combined with the matt black Big Boxer engine.

    Manhattan metallic matt

    Sophisticated, agile and bursting with energy: this colour scheme screams pure riding pleasure while you eat up the miles. This is where the horizon puts on a beaming smile.

    Stick to your path

    The R 18 Transcontinental has been excellently prepared for anything you throw at it. It has been designed so that you can customise it just like you want it. The ample range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories additionally supports this customising concept. The “Machined” and “2-Tone-Black” collections, designed in collaboration with Roland Sands Design, the classic “Option 719”, for instance with AERO Design package, particularly emphasise the bike’s luxurious appearance even more. The R 18 Transcontinental can additionally be customised and upgraded with sophisticated and convenient touring equipment, such as case liners.

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    Highlights at a glance

    Shot of a moving R 18 Transcontinental.

    Discover the highlights in detail. The R 18 Transcontinental offers everything you would expect, from traditional elements to modern motorcycling technology. And much more!

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    Power Reserve
    Power Reserve display as a traditional round instrument.
    Marshall Gold Series Stage 2
    Installed Marshall speakers.
    The cockpit boasts the analogue round instruments and the TFT display.
    Black tank with double lining and bolted logo
    Black tank with double lining.
    Passenger seat
    Passenger seat with comfortable backrest.
    TFT display
    TFT display of the R 18 Transcontinental.
    Front trim panel
    The front trim panel of the R 18 Transcontinental.
    Wind deflector
    Der Windabweiser der R 18 Transcontinental.

    Experience the engine of the R 18 Transcontinental

    Strength is born from calmness – and from each kilometre along the way

    You already realise why the Big Boxer is called exactly that when you start it up. You can feel the vast displacement on every metre along the way. With its typical boxer power development you can rely on at minimum 150 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. The impressive torque and unspoilt responsiveness guarantee fully fledged pleasure in the long term – relaxed, but never boring. And the exposed, nickel-plated cardan shaft demonstrates just how much history we have packed into these 1802 cc. What now? Time to write your own history.

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    Air/oil-cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine

    Comfort and safety

    Eating up the miles in a relaxed and safe way

    Eating up the miles in a relaxed and safe way

    You can comfortably eat up the miles on the R 18 Transcontinental: Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) and optional Active Cruise Control independently control the speed and the distance to the vehicle ahead. Furthermore three riding modes, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and dynamic engine brake control (MSR) guarantee more safety as standard. Reverser, Hill Start Control and central locking system for cases and topcase optionally guarantee even more convenience per kilometre covered.

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    3 years warranty

    Ride on & on & on. We're giving you an extra year. 

    Now there's a 3-year warranty on all motorcycles. 

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