BMW Motorrad has lastly launched the R 18 Transcontinental within the Indian market. Whereas a motorcycle this enormous looks as if it would not belong on India’s roads, you will be stunned by simply what number of huge bikes are lurking on India’s roads. After all, machines of this nature serve extra as standing symbols and weekend toys, somewhat than sensible technique of touring the nation.
Nonetheless, the R 18 Transcontinental units itself aside from the usual R 18 cruiser. Should you thought the R 18 was already excessively massive, properly, the Transcontinental takes issues a notch greater by flaunting huge bodywork. It options a big entrance fairing full with a windscreen to guard the rider in opposition to the wind. Moreover, an abundance of chrome components provides the bike a clear and chic aesthetic, with every thing from the mirrors, levers, exhaust pipes, and different garnishes completed in chrome plating.
Efficiency-wise, look no additional than the most important boxer-twin engine presently in manufacturing by BMW. The 1,802cc boxer engine is a real murals and a feat of engineering. With a most output of 91 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque, this engine is designed for cruising the open highway at leisurely tempo. It sends all this energy to the rear wheel by way of a shaft-driven six-speed handbook transmission.
Complementing the bike’s huge engine is a collection of digital rider aids. The R 18 Transcontinental is outfitted with BMW‘s Dynamic Engine Brake Management, in addition to hill begin help, cruise management, ABS, and stability management. To maintain the bike steady at excessive speeds, it additionally encompasses a steering stabilizer. There’s even a reverse gear that makes it simpler for riders to again out of parking areas. All these options and extra might be toggled by way of the bike’s massive TFT show, which additionally options smarphone connectivity. Via the show, onboard audio system, central locking, and heated grips can all be activated.
In terms of pricing, premium huge bikes are often extraordinarily costly in India, and the BMW R 18 Transcontinental is not any completely different. It retails for a whopping Rs 3,150,000, which interprets to about $38,000 USD. For reference, within the U.S., the R 18 Transcontinental retails for $24,995 USD.