The Germans Get Dressed Up with the BMW R18 Transcontinental

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The second-prong to BMW Motorrad’s heritage touring package, the BMW R18 Transcontinental is the full dresser option for the R18 platform.

As one would expect from such a machine, it comes loaded with a batwing fairing, panniers, and touring top box.

The 2022 BMW R18 Transcontinental also comes packed with a number of features, including a 10.25″ TFT dash and navigation system, as well as an audio system from Marshall Amplification.

At the core of the machine though is BMW’s massive air/oil-cooled boxer-twin engine. The eye-catching 244 lbs engine puts out 90hp (67 kW) of peak power, but the real attention-getter is the torque curve that hits 116 lbs•ft (158 Nm) at 3,000 rpm.

Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the BMW R18 Transcontinental also boasts an anti-hopping clutch design, for smoother downshifts, as well as a reverse gear, which is an optional extra, and is engaged via an intermediate gear and electric motor.

As on the R18 models, the R18 Transcontinental features an exposed shaft drive that is nickel plated, though on R18 variant it is hard to spot, thanks to the bike’s integrated touring bags and long-sweeping exhaust.

Each side pannier holds 27 liters of space, while the top box is good 48 liters. So sizes get reduced slightly if you opt for the more robust audio packages.

An additional storage compartment with charging for mobile phones is integrated into the fuel tank.

Showing more features, the widescreen TFT dash sits at the center of the bike, and provides for the more modern technological needs, while the core instruments remain as round analog dials for fuel, speed, rpm, and battery.

Known better for its guitar amps than its automotive sounds systems, Marshall Amplification provides various audio options for the BMW R18 Transcontinental, with a standard two-speaker package, as well as options for four-speaker and six-speaker setups (with subs and amps).

ABS is standard to all three 300mm discs, and on the BWM R18 Transcontinental, the Germans are making available an adaptive cruise control system as an optional equipment package.

Other electronic packages include active stability control, dynamic cruise control, three throttle maps, engine braking control. All lighting is done by LED, with an optional turning light package available as well. A heated seat also comes, standard.

The gas tank has been enlarged to 6.3 gallons for better range, and the windscreen on the Transcontinental version is taller than what’s found on the bagger variant, the R18 B.

Pricing for the 2022 BMW R18 Transcontinental starts at $24,995 MSRP, with BMW dealers in the United States expecting to have units in August 2021.

And because we know someone is going to ask in the comments section, the BMW R18 Transcontinental weighs a whopping 941 lbs ready to ride.

Source: BMW North America