BMW R18 Transcontinental 2023 Specs

This in from BMW Motorrad…

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.

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 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.

You can feel the vast displacement on every metre along the way. With its typical boxer power development you can rely on at minimum 150 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. The impressive torque and unspoilt responsiveness guarantee fully fledged pleasure in the long term – relaxed, but never boring. And the exposed, nickel-plated cardan shaft demonstrates just how much history we have packed into these 1802 cc.

Colours: Black Storm Metallic, Manhattan metallic matt, Racing Blue Metallic, Option 719 Moon Stone

Price starting at £25160



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 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

Mileage / consumption

Maximum speed – Over 180 km/h, Consumption per 100 km based on the WMTC – 5.8 l

CO2 emission based on WMTC – 134 g/km

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

Transmission – 6-speed 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-wheel guide/spring elements – Steel double-sided swinging arm with central spring strut

Spring travel – front / rear120 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 – front120/70 R19, Tyre -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)


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 weight630 kg

Payload (with standard equipment)203 kg

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