BMW R18 Bagger, Nearer To Manufacture: Updates
Latest spy shots unveiled that BMW Motorrad is getting ready to extend its heavyweight cruiser range by introducing two new models in the R 18 family. The new models are based on the BMW R 18, but are expected to be called the Bagger and the Transcontinental. Both are based on the standard R 18 but feature more technology and touring-friendly equipment. Both are powered by the R 18’s 1,802 cc, boxer-twin engine which makes 89 bhp at 4,750 rpm and 158 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. Although the overall silhouette of the bike is similar to the R 18, the frame has been stretched to allow the fairing and passenger seat, making the new models around 120 mm longer than the standard R 18.
Both the Bagger and the Transcontinental feature infotainment systems inside the fairing, provided by a huge TFT screen, as well as four analogue clocks, and speakers. Above the headlight, and tucked into the batwing fairing, is the tell-tale box of the radar-powered cruise control system receiver. The fuel tank has been enlarged for longer hours in the saddle between fill-ups, and it’s expected to come with a volume of around 20 litres.