BMW presented the new R18 Transcontinental
The bike is an evolution of the original R18 presented last year
Last year BMW Motorrad decided to enter the Cruiser sector by creating the new R18, a motorcycle inspired by the original R5 of the 1930s. Despite competition from Indian and Harley-Davidson, the Bavarian motorcycle had some commercial success and this week the German company presented an improved version.
Called the R18 Transcontinental, it shares the same tubular trellis frame with the original model and the same 90hp 1.8 Boxer engine. Designed like a Tourer, the bike has been equipped with new components including an oversized windshield, additional lights mounted to the sides of the main one, chrome finishes, heated leather seats, Marshall audio system and a new dashboard equipped with four analog gauges matched to a 10.2' touch screen.
The engine can be set to three different riding modes called Rain, Roll and Rock and new electronic systems have been inserted to increase the safety of the rider and passenger. Specifically, Dynamic Cruise Control, Active Cruise Control, Automatic Stability Control and Hill Start Control have been equipped.
The bike will soon be available in the showrooms of the German company together with the new R18 B.