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.

The R 18 Transcontinental has been excellently prepared for anything you throw at it. It has been designed so that you can customise it just like you want it. The ample range of Original BMW Motorrad Accessories additionally supports this customising concept. The “Machined” and “2-Tone-Black” collections, designed in collaboration with Roland Sands Design, the classic “Option 719”, for instance with AERO Design package, particularly emphasise the bike’s luxurious appearance even more. The R 18 Transcontinental can additionally be customised and upgraded with sophisticated and convenient touring equipment, such as case liners.


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

Displacement: 1,802 cc

Nominal capacity: 67 kW (91 hp) at 4750 rpm

Max. torque: 158 Nm at 3000 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

Maximum speed: Over 110mph

Consumption per 100 km based on the WMTC: 5.8 l/100km

Fuel type: Super plus lead-free (max. 15% ethanol, E15) ROZ 95 90 AKI

Alternator Permanent: Magnet generator 660 W (nominal capacity)

Battery: 12 V / 26 Ah, maintenance-free

Clutch: Single-disc dry clutch
Gears: 6-gear shifting claw transmission in separate transmission housing     
Secondary drive: Drive shaft

Frame: Double-cradle tubular steel frame with screwed-on downtubes

Front suspension / spring elements: Telescopic fork

Rear suspension / spring elements: Steel double-sided swinging arm with central spring strut

Spring 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 dimensions, front: 3.5 x 19″

Rim dimensions, rear: 5,0″ x 16″

Tyre, front: 120/70 R 19

Tyre, rear: 180/65 B16

Brake, front: Twin disc brake, diameter 300 mm, four-piston fixed calipers

Brake, rear: Single disc brakes, diameter 300 mm, four-piston fixed calipers

ABS: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partially integral)

Seat height, unladen: 740 mm
Rider step length, unladen: 1,710 mm
Usable tank capacity: approx. approx. 24 l
of which reserve: approx. 4 l
Length: 2,640 mm
Height (above windscreen, at DIN vehicle kerb weight): 1,500 mm
Width (with mirror): 970 mm
Unladen weight, fully fuelled/road-ready: 427 kg1)
Max. permitted weight: 630 kg
Max. load (with standard equipment): 203 kg