BMW Motorrad India has launched the touring-focused version of the R18-the R18 Transcontinental at Rs. 31.50 lakhs(ex-showroom). R18 Transcontinental is the most expensive variant of the R18 lineup, joining R18 First Edition (Rs 22.55 lakh) and the R18 Classic First Edition (Rs 24.00 lakh). The motorcycle is brought to the Indian shores via a completely built-up unit. Lots of bits are changed, and a lot of bits are still the same. Here is everything you need to know about the R18 Transcontinental.
The mechanical and powertrain are unchanged and based on the standard R18; with a 1802cc, air- and oil-cooled boxer engine- the R18 Transcontinental produces 91hp of power and 158Nm of torque. The engine comes mated with a 6-speed gearbox, transferring power via shaft drive. It also gets Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) and optional Active Cruise Control, independently controlling the speed and the distance to the vehicle ahead.
The suspension setup is also similar to the standard R18, with the same telescopic front fork and rear monoshock setup. Braking duties are being taken care of by dual front 300mm discs with a four-piston caliper and a 300mm rear disc with a four-piston caliper. The wheel size is 19-inch on the front and 16-inch on the rear, wrapped in 120/70 front and 180/65 rear tyres.
If the looks of standard R18 were not enough, then R18 Transcontinental is much of a work for your eyes, as it has become intimidating and bulky with the bodywork. Hard case panniers, a pillion backrest with the top box, a large windscreen, and the handlebar protection at the front make it look quite giant, and it is, I mean it.
The features have also been upgraded with a big instrument cluster along with a 10.25-inch TFT screen. It also features Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 sound system with six speakers and a subwoofer making your ride even more joyful. But who does need speakers on a bike? Write to us about your views on the sound system on motorcycles.
The BMW R18 Transcontinental rivals the Harley Davidson Road Glide and Indian Roadmaster.