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In December 2020, BMW Motorrad filed the trademark by Transcontinental, which was related to R18 Bagger.

However, now we understand BMW Motorrad plans to bring this Bagger in the coming few months.


The Transcontinental, as we see, comes derived from BMW’s much-acclaimed BMW R18, and BMW has loaned the design of R18 from the BMW R 5.


Side angle of Transcontinental design. Courtesy: Bennetts

Well, it’s a game of a circle. However, BMW had earlier revealed two variants one was R18 and the other R18 Classic. 

Both models have a powerful two-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle series production has a displacement of 1802 cc.

 The peak output is 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750 rpm. From 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, over 150 Nm of torque is available at all times.

Another side of Transcontinental design. Courtesy: Bennetts

Further, the BMW R18 Classic came with classic features a large windscreen, passenger seat, saddlebags, LED additional headlights and a 16-inch front wheel.

Essentially we compare the new Transcontinental with the BMW R18 Classic variant and find out what may change and what will remain.

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To show how Transcontinental will look when we compare it to the R18 Classic, we have clubbed Transcontinental design with the BMW R18 Classic.

It is the second picture, and it clearly shows what we intend to do, which is comparing both the Transcontinental design and the BMW R18 Classic.

So what changes and what remains?

  • We feel the BMW won’t bring any change in the 1800cc engine, which will have the same output as 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750 rpm, similar to the BMW R18 Classic.
  • Transcontinental, as seen in the design, may get a larger fuel tank. Both the R18 and R18 Classic have a 16 litres fuel tank. In the case of Transcontinental, it will increase.
  • The styling of the seats does look different in the case of the R18 Classic. It is more elongated while in Transcontinental, the pillion may benefit from getting much space.
  • Another crucial change the Transcontinental has the bagger style massive front fairing.
  • Underneath the colossal fairing lies a vast TFT screen. And this is absent in the R18 Classic. To help the rider, this massive TFT will contain loads of information.
  • The Transcontinental designs show panniers, so we may see the Transcontinental with panniers to carry the massive load.
  • For safer rides, unlike the 2021 R1250RT, the Transcontinental will arrive with radar technology.
  • At least from the Transcontinental design, we don’t see any change in the exhausts compared with the exhausts of R18 Classic.

As BMW has registered this trademark recently, we may see the Transcontinental in few months unless someone has any objection to the brand. Expect the price to be a little on the higher side compared to the R18.


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