BMW Motorrad Malaysia has launched the “First Edition” editions of the BMW R 18 Bagger and R 18 Transcontinental to end the year on a high. “As we ride into the sunset of 2021, we are pleased to be able to close the year with the introduction of two new members to the BMW R 18 family of iconic cruisers. The New BMW R 18 Bagger and New BMW R 18 Transcontinental are the dream long-distance travel companions that are not just stunning to the eye, but are built for a comfortable and powerful ride on the road. As cross-country road trips are now possible, and made even better with the new cruisers – let us continue to Make Life a Ride in the New Normal, safely but surely,” said Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.
These classic style cruisers are fitted with exclusive equipment and a boxer engine suited for long rides. The BMW R 18 Bagger is built to deliver pure emotional riding pleasure, giving the rider every opportunity for a ‘Soul Fuel’ ride that is uniquely their own. On the other hand, the R 18 Transcontinental features various refined design elements and modern motorcycling technology which distinguish it as the ideal machine for travelling long-distances – solo or with a pillion and luggage.
Both bikes take on a streamlined form, with an elongated, teardrop-shaped silhouette. Echoing the early days of big cruisers built for touring, the overall look encompasses style-defining elements such as the rigid double-loop frame, open-running and gloss nickel-plated universal shaft and classic housing for the rear-axle gearbox, reminiscent of the legendary BMW “Big Boxers” of the past. Lockable fuel filler caps are also included.
The 2 bikes carry the most powerful BMW boxer engine of all time, complete with historical roots and full torque. The legendary air/oil cooled twin-cylinder boxer engine, termed the “Big Boxer”, impresses both in appearance and performance. At 1,802 cc, it is capable of an output of 67 kW (91 hp) @ 4,750 rpm, with maximum torque of 158 Nm coming in at 3,000 rpm. The enormous pulling power, combined with generously sized flywheel mass, ensures superb running smoothness.
Exclusively for the “First Edition” variants are high-grade equipment extras that include high-quality chrome components. Other highlights include special surface finishes, a seat with high-quality embroidery and the inscription “First Edition” on the two cases.
The BMW R 18 Bagger features a low fairing windshield and a short, narrow 2-person seat. Complete with an elongated, dynamically elegant side-line and fly line sloping down towards the rear, it embodies the typical “bagger” styling. A masculine touch is provided by the engine in metallic matte black, the black fork and fork sleeves, as well as chromed rear-view mirrors and black handlebar weights. The instrument cluster and rings are also finished in black.
Differentiated from the Bagger, the R 18 Transcontinental leads with a high fairing windshield, wind deflectors, as well as a stylish and harmoniously integrated top-case in body finish. Designed specifically for long rides, a high level of comfort is ensured for both rider and pillion passenger, which in combination with high-quality fittings, give an overall impression of distinct refinement.
The engine is finished in silver to match a silver fork with chrome-plated fork sleeves, and the cockpit, which comprises 4 chrome-plated instrument rings and an instrument cluster finished in silver. Other chrome-plated elements include rear-view mirrors and handlebar weights.
The “First Edition” variant furnishes the R 18 Bagger in contrast milled wheels in black, while the R 18 Transcontinental comes with contrast milled wheels in silver grey, as well as chrome-plated brake callipers at the front. Other touches to both models include chrome clasps on cases with “First Edition” lettering, chrome-plated handlebar fittings, chrome-plated cylinder head covers and hero chest, chrome-plated intake trims, as well as white double lining on fuel tank, fairing and trunks and cases. Pinstriping is also applied to both models.
Enhanced with the Headlight Pro, both models feature a classical interpretation of the state-of-the-art LED lighting technology seen in the headlamps with daytime running lights. An LED main headlamp with optimised low beam and high beam is combined with newly designed LED turn indicators at the front. Rear function-integrated LED turn indicators with integrated rear light function mounted on the cases also give the bike an unmistakable look. Exclusively available for the R 18 Transcontinental are 2 LED auxiliary headlights and multifunctional indicator lights.
For both the R 18 Bagger and R 18 Transcontinental, the implementation of adaptive turning light with swivel module allows for even better illumination of the road when cornering. The module ensures the horizon of the light remains constant, seamlessly adapting to the banking angle and providing a wide and
homogeneous illumination of the road. In addition, this technology is also used to ensure the high beam maintains a constant range by adapting the headlamp according to the road and riding position of the motorcycle, even during dynamic riding.
Matching the impressive power are a double disc brake set-up at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, in conjunction with 4-piston fixed callipers. The brake system is equipped with the proven BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS, which adjusts the brake force distribution between the front and rear brakes during braking according to the dynamic wheel load distribution and the load.
Furthermore, the Active Cruise Control (ACC) system, which comes standard, makes relaxed gliding with distance control possible. The ACC adjusts speed to the vehicle in front without rider input. This is achieved through radar sensors integrated in the front fairing, with a detection range of 120 metres. For the demanding touring rider, this functionality means increased comfort and safety, as well as welcome relief during the long ride. Speed and distance to the vehicle in front can be set conveniently via a button, with the desired distance adjustable to three stages and desired speed adjustable between 30 and 160 km/h. Safe cornering is also ensured with the cornering control system of the ACC, which automatically decelerates, giving the rider the right speed for a comfortable and safe banking angle. Full control to the rider is ensured at all times, as the ACC can be overridden by the rider at any time.
Standard riding modes for both include “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock”. In addition, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and engine drag torque control (MSR) provide a higher level of safety, automatically adjusted according to the riding mode selected. Electronically controlled, the MSR prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting, even in wet conditions. In “Rain” mode, throttle response is gentler and the control characteristics of ASC and MSR allow for a wet and therefore more slippery road surface to achieve a very high level of riding safety. In “Road” mode, the engine offers optimum throttle response, while ASC and MSR are set to achieve ideal performance on all roads. As for “Rock” riding mode, the rider gets to explore the full dynamic potential of the bike, with a throttle response that is immediate and direct, and ASC allowing for a little more slip.
Also included as standard are reverse assist, activated via the selector lever, for convenient manoeuvring, and Hill Start Control for easier hill starts. Reverse assist blocks the forward gear and engages the reverse gear, with the movement itself initiated by the rider via the starter motor button. The Hill Start Control system makes it easy to start off on an incline and is activated by briefly operating the hand or foot brake lever.
The cockpit is a mix of retro and modern, featuring 4 round analogue meters and a 10.25″ digital TFT colour display for maximum functionality. The navigation map can be displayed in the instrument cluster through a smartphone and the BMW Motorrad Connected App. Other highlights include the Keyless Ride functionality, as well as radio functionality.
The Marshall Gold Series sound system allows for listening pleasure on long cruises. For the R 18 Bagger, the Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 comprises a system of 4 speakers plus a booster. The 2 Marshall 2-way loudspeakers with 25W of output each are integrated into the front fairing and complemented by a 90W subwoofer in the front upper section of the cases. The booster has an output of 180W.
On the R 18 Transcontinental, the Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 is a system of 6 loudspeakers and a booster. A pair of Marshall 2-way 25W loudspeakers are integrated in the front of the fairing and complemented by a 9W subwoofer in the upper front area of the cases. In addition, there is a 2-way 25W loudspeaker in the front side section of the top case backrest. The booster also puts out 180W.
The retail prices (on the road, without insurance, and with BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s All-New 3-Year Warranty and 3-Year Roadside Assistance Programmes) are:
- BMW R 18 Bagger : RM186,500
- BMW R 18 Transcontinental : RM198,500
The Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia enables ownership of the R 18 Bagger and R 18 Transcontinental from RM2,270 and RM2,420 a month. This is based on balloon financing estimates of an 80% loan on a 4-year tenure.
You can also enjoy additional benefits with the All-New Industry-Leading Premium Engine Oil Inclusive, Service Inclusive and Warranty Extension Programmes by BMW Motorrad Malaysia.
For more information on the programmes, please visit https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.my/en/service/service-inclusive.html.
BMW R 18 Bagger
BMW R 18 Transcontinental