The classically designed the cockpit houses four analogue circular instruments and a 10.25-inch TFT colour display harmoniously blends into the classic appearance. The ‘BERLIN BUILT’ inscription on the face reinforces the bike’s origin. The state-of-the-art LED headlights ensure superior visibility on all roads. The sickle shaped graphical LED daytime running light further enhances the hallmark BMW Motorrad heritage face. Starting from the steering head, the central frame tube and swingarm top frame tubes visually form a continuous line that functions as a central design feature. In combination with the swingarm down tubes, which are also aligned with the frame down tubes, this gives the R 18 Transcontinental a distinctly flat, elongated and muscular appearance.
Superior ergonomics ensure a high level of long-distance comfort and an unadulterated cruiser feeling. The BMW Motorrad ergonomic triangle consisting of distance to handlebar–seat and the ‘mid-mounted foot peg’ position is traditionally the key factor that offers an active and upright seating position.
The heart of the R 18 Transcontinental is an air/oil cooled two-cylinder flat twin engine– the most powerful boxer in series production by BMW. The massive 1,802 cc engine resulting from a 107.1 mm bore and 100 mm stroke. It produces an output of 91 hp at 4,750 rpm. The maximum torque of 158 Nm is already available at 3,000 rpm, with more than 150 Nm always available from 2,000 – 4,000 rpm. This elemental pulling power is combined with a full, resonant sound.
A single-disc dry clutch transmits the torque to the transmission. For the first time, it is designed as a self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, thereby eliminating unwanted rear wheel hop. The constant mesh 6-speed gearbox is in a dual-section aluminium housing and is designed as a 4-shaft transmission with helical gear pairs. The transmission inputshaft with cleat dampers drives the two transmission shafts with the gear wheel pairs via a countershaft. A reverse gear is available as an optional extra.
In terms of the suspension, the all-new BMW R 18 Transcontinental sports a double loop steel tube frame and rear swinging arm with enclosed axel drive in rigid frame design as on the legendary BMW R 5. The rear swing arm surrounds the rear axle transmission in authentic style. The suspension elements deliberately dispense with electronic adjustment options. Instead, a telescopic fork and a directly mounted cantilever suspension strut with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel control and better suspension comfort. The braking system consists of a twin disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed callipers.
Unusual in its segment, the all-new BMW R 18 Transcontinental Classic offers three standard riding modes – ‘Rain’, ‘Roll’ and ‘Rock’ to suit individual rider preferences. In ‘Rain’ mode, throttle response is gentler and riding dynamics allow a high safety over slippery road surface. In ‘Roll’ mode, the engine offers optimum throttle response while riding dynamics achieve ideal performance on all roads. ‘Rock’ mode allows riders to tap into the full dynamic potential - throttle response is very spontaneous and direct, while Automatic Stability Control allows a little more slip.