2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental Video First Look

Last week BMW presented two new touring machines, the new R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental, which are based on the 1,802 cm³ Big Boxer Twin that we saw earlier in the R 18 and R 18 Classic. The R 18 Transcontinental was built in Berlin for major American tours and does not attempt to hide the fact that it goes to Harley-Davidson territory, right through to its customer-focused introduction at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Compared to the R 18 and R 18 classic, the Transcontinental and B models have a steeper angle of inclination and a shortened wheelbase as well as a larger fuel tank and an automatically adjusting rear wheel suspension. Adaptive cruise control is now available as an option on these models, previously not seen on other heavy-duty American touring bikes.

Seeing this bike in person was a great way to see some of the finer details, but unfortunately we won’t be able to ride the new machines until the press launch later this month. Stay tuned for our first driving report and the first video to be released on August 30th under the BMW embargo.

Passenger running boards are standard on the R 18 Transcontinental models.Morgan WalesWhen the passenger running boards are folded up, the R 18 badge on the side is covered.Morgan WalesWith a starting MSRP of $ 24,995, the Transcontinental pictured retails for $ 31,965.Morgan WalesThe view from the cockpit of the R 18 Transcontinental is a juxtaposition of technology and tradition – but it works.Morgan WalesAdaptive Cruise Control is included in the Trancontinental’s Premium Package, which adds $ 3,225 to the base price.Morgan WalesThe Transcontinental has a higher windshield than the R 18 B.Morgan WalesLED fog lights are installed below the main headlight of the R 18 Transcontinental.Morgan WalesThe Transcontinental is equipped with a 120 mm wide 19-inch front tire and double disc brakes.Morgan WalesThe BMW R 18 Transcontinental adopts a unique footboard shape to work with the cylinder heads of the Big Boxer.Morgan WalesAt a claimed 942 pounds wet weight, the Transcontinental is one of the heaviest bikes we’ve ever tested.Morgan WalesThere is a phone compartment with wireless charging behind the fuel cap.Morgan WalesIn the top case storage compartment of the 2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental.Morgan WalesWith the new R 18 B and Transcontinental, we see a move away from the large fishtail exhaust pipes of the R 18 in order to bypass the new hard saddlebags.Morgan WalesDespite many changes, the engine of the R 18 Transcontinental is identical to that used in previous applications.Morgan WalesThe First Edition seen here will only be available for the first year of production of the bike.Morgan WalesThe menus displayed on the large screen are navigated using the controls on the driver’s left hand.Morgan WalesAs with previous BMW models, a rollator and buttons on the left side of the handlebars enable navigation through the menus on the 10.25-inch screen.Morgan WalesA large, wide double seat with driver and passenger heating is standard on the Transcontinental.Morgan WalesThe Premium Package installed on this motorcycle includes upgraded Marshall Series II speakers.Morgan Wales

2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental technical data

RRP (basis / as shown): $ 24,995 / $ 31,965
Engine: Air / oil cooled, horizontally opposite twin; 2 valves / cyl.
Shift: 1.802cc
Bore x stroke: 107.1 x 100.0 mm
Compression ratio: 9.6: 1
Gearbox / drive: In-unit 6-speed / exposed shaft
Requested measured PS: 91 hp at 4,750 rpm
Loaded measured torque: 116 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection with 48mm throttle bodies
Coupling: Dry, single disc
Engine management / ignition: Electronic engine management BMS-K + with overrun cut-off and double ignition
Frame: Double cradle steel tube
Front suspension: 49mm telescopic fork; 4.7 inch travel
Rear suspension: Steel swing arm with central strut; automatic preload adjustment with load and level sensors; 4.7 inch travel
Front brake: 4-piston fixed calipers, 300 mm double discs with connected ABS
Rear brake: 4-piston fixed caliper, 300 mm disc with connected ABS
Wheels, front / rear: Cast aluminum; 19 x 3.5 inches / 16 x 5.0 inches
Front / rear tires: 120 / 70R-19/180 / 65B-16
Rake: 27.3 °
Wheelbase: 66.7 in
Seat height: 29.1 inches (at empty weight)
Fuel capacity: 6.3 gallons.
Claimed wet weight: 942 pounds.
Availability: 2022
Contact: bmwmotorcycles.com

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