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BREAKING: BMW Rides In The Tourer Version Of The R18 In India

Like the name suggests, this variant can go transcontinental touring thanks to a host of luggage options

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BMW Motorrad has launched the R18 Transcontinental in India at a price tag of Rs 31,50,000 (ex-showroom). This tourer version of the retro R18 enters the country via the completely built-up unit (CBU) route, and here’s a quick look at what it packs.

For starters, the R18 Transcontinental is powered by the same 1,802cc, air-/oil-cooled flat twin engine producing 91PS and 158Nm. This is the most powerful boxer engine in production from the brand, and it is claimed to offer more than 150Nm from 2000rpm to 4000rpm to offer ultimate pulling power. It also gets the same exposed shaft drive and six-speed gearbox as the R18.

To give the R18 Transcontinental its distinctive look, it gets a handlebar-mounted fairing with a massive windshield. It also gets a massive instrument console consisting of four analogue circular pods, and a 10.25-inch TFT colour display with smartphone connectivity. Additional features like a fairing-mounted two-way sound system from Marshall (with an option of fitting up to four speakers and two subwoofers), heated grips and heated seats help riders munch miles in comfort. 

While the R18 Transcontinental looks like a classic retro tourer, it comes loaded with a suite of electronics like Dynamic Engine Brake Control (DEBC) and Active Cruise Control (ACC) as standard. DEBC helps maintain a set speed even while riding downhills, while ACC helps regulate speed by scanning for traffic ahead using radar. The bike also gets three riding modes – Rain, Roll and Rock – along with Hill Start Control, Electronic Cruise Control and disengageable traction control. 

Underpinnings are the same telescopic front fork and rear monoshock setup as the R18. Braking is via the same dual front 300mm discs with four-piston caliper and a 300mm rear disc with four-piston caliper, enhanced by dual-channel ABS as standard. An engine guard, auxiliary lamps, metallic silver engine trims, a 48-litre top box and body-coloured panniers each with a 27-litre capacity help bring the tourer munch miles perfectly.

The BMW R18 Transcontinental rivals the likes of the Harley Davidson Road Glide and Indian Roadmaster in India.

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