R 18 Transcontinental

Starting from £24,300


The R 18 Transcontinental offers you exclusive and luxurious travelling. As a member of the R 18 family it represents BMW Motorrad’s tradition and is deeply rooted in the here and now: its unmistakeable front end with the tall windscreen and the mighty Big Boxer promise a comfortable, powerful ride for miles. The automatic load compensation feature accurately adapts the chassis to the load applicable to the motorcycle. And thanks to it being prepared for customising you can exactly define your R 18 Transcontinental according to what you will discover on every trip: yourself. Simply put: classic #SoulFuel.


Travelling broadens the mind – and forms things like our character

The R 18 Transcontinental looks like it could just eat up the miles. The large front-wheel cover and the striking front end with both additional headlights form the starting point for the elegant streamlining. The 24-litre tank, wind deflectors, footboards and the topcase with backrest for the passenger complete the clearly defined look.

R 18 Transcontinental First Edition

The Black storm metallic paintwork with white double lines, wheels with silver-grey, contrasting machining and numerous chrome-plated details, such as the cylinder head covers or engine housing cover, demonstrate that style and confidence are crucial, at any time and anywhere.

Black storm metallic

The colour scheme emphasises the elegant character of the R 18 Transcontinental. The Big Boxer, the comprehensive equipment: a power pack waiting for you that is prepared for anything.

Option 719 Galaxy dust metallic/Titan silver 2 metallic

Just like your bike, the landscape changes while you eat up the miles. Depending on the angle and sunlight, the paintwork glows in shades from violet to turquoise blue – effectively combined with the matt black Big Boxer engine.

Manhattan metallic matt

Sophisticated, agile and bursting with energy: this colour scheme screams pure riding pleasure while you eat up the miles. This is where the horizon puts on a beaming smile.


The R 18 Transcontinental is also available in an A2-compliant variant with 95 HP. This variant can be throttled, meaning your machine supports you when you hold your A2 driver’s license. You can enjoy the intuitive handling of the R 18 Transcontinental from the very beginning.

Special Features
Design Air/oil cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts above the crank shaft
Bore x stroke 107.1 mm x 100 mm
Capacity 1802 cm³ 
Nominal capacity 67 kW at 4,750 rpm
Max. torque 158 Nm at 3,000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.6 :1
Fuel preparation Electronic intake manifold fuel injection/digital engine management: BMS-O with electromotive throttle controller
Emission control Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed Over 180 km/h
Consumption per 100 km based on the WMTC 5.8 l
Fuel type Super plus, unleaded (max. 15% ethanol, E15) RON 95 90 AKI
Electrical system
Alternator Permanent magnet alternator with 660 W (nominal capacity)
Battery 12 V / 26 Ah, maintenance-free
Power transmission
Clutch Single-disc dry clutch
Gearbox 6-speed shifting claw transmission in separate transmission housing  
Drive Drive shaft
Suspension / brakes
Frame Double-cradle tubular steel frame with screwed-on downtubes
Front wheel location / suspension Telescopic fork
Rear wheel location / suspension Steel double-sided swinging arm with central spring strut
Suspension travel front / rear 120 mm / 120 mm
Wheelbase 1,695 mm
Castor 183.5 mm
Steering head angle 62.7°
Wheels Cast aluminium front wheel
Rim, front 3.5 x 19"
Rim, rear 5.0 x 16"
Tyres, front 120/70 R19
Tyres, rear 180/65 B16
Brake, front Twin disc brake, 300 mm in diameter, four-piston fixed caliper
Brake, rear Single disc brake, 300 mm in diameter, four-piston fixed caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (fully integrated)
Dimensions / weights
Seat height at vehicle kerb weight 740 mm
Inner leg curve at vehicle kerb weight 1,710 mm
Usable tank capacity approx. 24 l
of which reserve approx. 4 l
Length (above topcase) 2,640 mm
Height (above windscreen, at DIN vehicle kerb weight) 1,500 mm
Width (across hand levers) 970 mm
Vehicle kerb weight, road-ready, fully fuelled

427 kg ¹

Permitted total weight 630 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 203 kg
¹ According to Directive (EU) 168/2013 with all operating fluids, with standard equipment and refuelled with at min. 90% of the usable fuel tank capacity.

Customer Feedback

Thanks to Anthony and the team for getting my R1200RT sorted. Having seen the number of pieces they had to break my bike into to get to the problem over 2 days, I was both grateful and relieved with the resulting bill which totaled 3 just hours labour. The bike is now running as it should and I'm a very happy customer so a 5 star rating for that! However - a 1 star rating for the F700GS I had to endure for 3 days as a replacement. An experience I don't wish to repeat! Good for around town but hellish on the motorway! Glad to have my RT back!!!!

Russell Williams - Lloyd Carlisle BMW Motorrad

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