BMW Motorrad has launched a fancy new bike called the R18 Transcontinental, and it'll only cost you a paltry ₹31.50 lakh rupees (ex-showroom, India). Don't worry, if you can't afford that, they have a few other options for you, such as the R18 for a mere ₹19.90 lakh or the R18 First Edition for ₹22.55 lakh.
What makes the Transcontinental different, you ask? Well, it's got a large windscreen, alloys, and a Marshall audio system. Perfect for blasting Bollywood tunes while you ride through the streets. It's also got a big handlebar-mounted fairing, panniers, and a top box for all your takeout needs. And if you're feeling lonely on your ride, there's even a pillion seat for your latest heartthrob too.
But wait, there's more! The Transcontinental comes with Active Cruise Control, Automatic Stability Control, and even Hill-Start Control. Let's face it, you're going to need it to climb those “new” speed bumps all over the place. If you're worried about being seen on this beauty, fear not, it comes in five different colours, including the always stylish Black Storm Metallic and the chic Option 719 Mineral White Metallic.
Under the hood, or seat rather, you'll find the same 1,802cc boxer engine that produces a respectable 91hp. It also has three riding modes: Rain, Roll, and Rock. Because why settle for a boring ride when you can rock out on your bike like you're at a concert?
When it comes to the real meat of the matter, the BMW R 18 Transcontinental is a powerful motorcycle with an air/oil-cooled two-cylinder flat twin engine, a self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, and a dual-section aluminium housing 6-speed gearbox. It has a double-loop steel tube frame, telescopic fork, and a cantilever suspension strut. The bike also features standard technologies such as a Keyless Ride system, Electronic Cruise Control, an adaptive LED Headlight, BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (partially integral), and a dynamic brake light signal function.
The engine produces 91hp at 4,750 rpm and maximum torque of 158 Nm available from 3,000 rpm. The braking system consists of a twin disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed callipers.
On the more ‘Stuff’ side of things, the bike comes equipped with the Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 sound system in addition to six loudspeakers and a booster that meets the highest demands of sound quality.
So, if you're in the market for a new ride and have a spare ₹31.50 lakh lying around, the BMW R18 Transcontinental might just be the bike for you.