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2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental
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The 2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental Is A Luxurious Touring Option

With the 2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental, BMW has brought us a classic touring design that is designed to deliver both style and a luxurious travel experience. While it shares its powerful 1802 cc boxer engine making 116 lb-ft of torque with other models, the features combined in this model make it the long distance winner.  The suspension and ergonomics in the R18 Transcontinental make it a great choice for riders who enjoy taking extended trips on the open road. The bike features a tall windscreen, comfortable seats, and ample storage space for luggage, making it perfect for long-distance touring.  The 6.3 gallon gas tank ensures you’ll spend more time riding and less in search of gas stations along the way. In addition, the R18 Transcontinental also comes equipped with advanced safety and technology features, such as additional LED headlights, active cruise control, and a high-resolution display.

In the looks department you won’t be disappointed by the various color options or splurge on the Option 719 package for that metallic paint, heated seats and other accessories.  No other European manufacturer has an option like this one.  The BMW R18 Transcontinental is a great choice for riders who demand comfort, style and functionality in their touring motorcycle.

The 2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental starts at $23,995 USD and $21,995 CAD

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental in one place.

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $23,995 USD and $21,995 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Windshield, saddle bags, top case
    • LED additional lighting
    • TFT display
    • 116 lb-ft Torque

Main Specs

  • Engine: 1,802 cc air/oil cooled two-cylinder four-stroke boxer
  • Power: 91 horsepower
  • Torque: 116 lb-ft
  • Weight: 942 lbs (427 kgs)
  • Seat Height: 29.1 inches (739 mm)

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental Specifications

From BMW


Engine 1802cc, Air/oil cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine with two chain-driven camshafts above the crank shaft
Engine Power 91 HP at 4,750 rpm
Bore x Stroke 107.1 mm x 100 mm
Compression Ratio 9.6 :1
Fuel delivery Electronic intake manifold fuel injection/digital engine management: BMS-O with electromotive throttle controller
Starter Electric
Max Torque 116 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm


Clutch Single-disc dry clutch
Transmission 6-speed transmission
Drive Drive Drive


Suspension Front Telescopic fork
Suspension Rear
Brakes Front Twin disc brake, 300 mm in diameter, four-piston fixed caliper
Brakes Rear Single disc brake, 300 mm in diameter, four-piston fixed caliper
Tires Front 120/70 R19
Tires Rear 180/65 B16
Fuel Tank Capacity approx. 6.3 gallon
Color Racing Blue Metallic, Option 719 Moonstone, Black Storm Metallic, Manhattan Metallic Matte


Alternator Permanent magnet alternator with 660 W (nominal capacity)
Battery 12 V / 26 Ah
Tail Light LED Tail Light


Overall Length 104“
Width (across hand levers) 38.2”
Height 59.1”
Wheelbase 66.7”
Castor 7.2”
Seat Height 29.1”
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled

942 lbs



2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental

2023 BMW R18 Transcontinental Features

Power Reserve

Convenient, luxurious and consistent: the Power Reserve display of the R 18 Transcontinental shows how much power you still have available.

Marshall Gold Series 2

The optional, powerful 180 watt amp powers a total of six speakers: for maximum sound quality and absolute audio pleasure.


Four traditional, analog round instruments combine with one modern 10.25” TFT display: from the fuel level indicator to the navigation system and your playlist, it provides you with all the relevant information at a glance.

Active Cruise Control

With the new available ACC, your bike maintains your desired speed, via a radar sensor, and distance from the vehicle in front of you.

Passenger seat

The particularly comfortable passenger seat features heating as standard and offers outstanding stability. The backrest has been seamlessly integrated into the adjacent topcase.

TFT display

Plenty of space for plenty of information. From map navigation to vehicle data and your playlist: easily keep an eye on everything thanks to the 10.25” TFT display.

Front fairing panel

The front fairing that has been installed on the forks provides you with ideal protection from the elements in conjunction with the tall windscreen. The two LED additional headlights remain true to the original style and perfectly integrate into the R 18 Transcontinental’s lines to lend it an unmistakable look.

Wind deflector

Wind deflectors and the tall windscreen make sure that wind will not bother you too much.

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