2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental Launched in India at Rs 31.50 Lakh

BMW Motorrad India has finally launched the highly anticipated R 18 Transcontinental at Rs 31.50 lakh (ex-showroom) in the country. Now, the firm has the R 18, the R 18 Classic, and the R 18 Transcontinental in its cruiser category for the market.

By Reetika Bhatt | on March 23, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

BMW Motorrad India has launched the R 18 Transcontinental in the country at Rs 31.50 lakh (ex-showroom). In our market, the R 18, the R 18 Classic, and the R 18 Transcontinental are the three classic motorcycles that the company now offers in the cruiser category. The new BMW R 18 Transcontinental can be ordered through the network of BMW Motorrad dealers as a completely built-up unit (CBU). The recently launched BMW R 18 Transcontinental revives a bygone era of touring in opulent fashion, says BMW Motorrad India. Powering the new R 18 Transcontinental is an air/oil-cooled two-cylinder flat twin engine. This powerful 1,802cc engine develops 91bhp. Further, the new BMW R 18 Transcontinental Classic offers three standard riding modes: Rain, Roll, and Rock. If you are planning to house this new BMW offering in your garage, then let's explore more about this iconic motorcycle that has recently marked its entry into India.

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental: Styling and Colour Options

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The brand-new BMW R 18 Transcontinental is a premium tourer from BMW Motorrad that exhibits a vintage style. It features a big handlebar-mounted fairing with windshield, wind deflectors, a pillion seat, casings finished in body colour, and light alloy cast wheels. According to the firm, the bike is made for leisurely riding and opulent touring. It has a double cradle frame, a teardrop tank, an exposed gloss nickel-plated driveshaft, and paintwork with delicately painted double pinstripes, all reminiscent of the fabled boxer from 1936. Black Storm Metallic, Gravity Blue Metallic, Manhattan Metallic Matte, Option 719 Mineral White Metallic, and Option 719 Galaxy Dust Metallic/Titan Silver 2 Metallic are the five colour schemes that are available for the 2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental.

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2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental: Engine and Transmission

The R 18 Transcontinental is powered by an air/oil-cooled two-cylinder flat twin engine. This massive 1,802cc engine generates 91bhp of maximum power at 4,750rpm and 158Nm of peak torque at 3,000rpm, with more than 150Nm always available between 2,000 and 4,000rpm. The torque is transmitted to the transmission via a single-disc dry clutch. The 6-speed constant mesh gearbox is housed in dual-section aluminium housing and is a 4-shaft transmission with helical gear pairs. A countershaft connects the transmission input shaft with cleat dampers to the two transmission shafts with gear wheel pairs.

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental: Suspension

The new BMW R 18 Transcontinental's suspension is similar to that of the BMW R 5, with a double loop steel tube frame, a rear swinging arm, and an enclosed axel drive. The rear swing arm encircles the rear axle gearbox. Moreover, electronic adjustment options are absent from the suspension components. Rather, a telescopic fork and a directly mounted cantilever suspension strut with adjustable spring preload and travel-dependent damping offer better suspension comfort and wheel control. The braking system has four-piston fixed callipers along with dual disc brakes in front and a single disc brake in the rear.

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental: Riding Modes

The all-new BMW R 18 Transcontinental Classic offers three standard riding modes - 'Rain,' 'Roll,' and 'Rock' - to suit individual rider preferences. As per the bikemaker, in 'Rain' mode, the throttle response is gentler, and the riding dynamics provide a high level of safety on slick road surfaces. The engine provides optimal throttle response in 'Roll' mode while riding dynamics achieve ideal performance on all roads. 'Rock' mode unlocks the full dynamic potential - throttle response is quick and direct, while Automatic Stability Control allows for a little more slip.

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2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental: Features

There are a number of significant standard features on the brand-new BMW R 18 Transcontinental. With Active Cruise Control, the rider can ride in complete relaxation. The traction control can be disengaged whether the road is dry or wet, and Automatic Stability Control claims to offer flawless control. Electronically, Dynamic Engine Brake Control stops the rear wheels from sliding when the throttle is suddenly closed or the back spacing changes. Further, the bike also has Hill Start Control. The traditional ignition steering lock is replaced by the Keyless Ride System, which also provides central locking for the bike and storage containers. Electronic Cruise Control, LED Headlight Sets, BMW Motorrad Integral ABS, a dynamic brake light signal function, and the Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 sound system are also some features offered with the bike. 

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