BMW Motorrad Malaysia today announced the arrival of the New BMW R 18 Bagger and the New BMW R 18 Transcontinental – both exclusively in the “First Edition” guise.
Prices (on the road, without insurance, with 3-Year Warranty and 3-Year Roadside Assistance) are as mentioned below:
- BMW R 18 Bagger – RM186,500
- BMW R 18 Transcontinental – RM198,500
Echoing the early days of big cruisers built for touring, the overall look of the New BMW R 18 Bagger and the New BMW R 18 Transcontinental 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. Arriving exclusively in the “First Edition” variants, the two models offer 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.
From the front, the New BMW R 18 Bagger features a low fairing windshield and a short, narrow two-person seat. Complete with an elongated, dynamically elegant side-line and fly line sloping down towards the rear, the New BMW R 18 Bagger embodies the typical “bagger” style.
A masculine touch is provided by the engine in metallic matt black, the black fork and fork sleeves, as well as chromed rear-view mirrors and black handlebar weights. The instrument cluster and rings are likewise finished in black.
The BMW R 18 Transcontinental on the other hand 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 fitting, give an overall impression of distinct refinement.
Finished in silver itself, the engine is supplemented by a silver fork with chrome-plated fork sleeves – a surface combination that lends a refined elegance to the cockpit, which itself comprises four 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 New BMW R 18 Bagger in contrast milled wheels in black, whereas the New BMW R 18 Transcontinental arrives 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. Exclusively available for the New BMW R 18 Transcontinental are two LED auxiliary headlights and multifunctional indicator lights. Both models also get adaptive turning light with swivel module.
Powering the New R 18 Bagger and R 18 Transcontinental is the 1.8-litre air/oil cooled twin-cylinder boxer engine producing 91 hp at 4,750 rpm, with a maximum torque of 158 Nm at 3,000 rpm.
Both the R 18 Bagger and R 18 Transcontinental also get double disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed callipers. The brake system is equipped with BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS.
Further complementing the powertrain package are features like Active Cruise Control (ACC), “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” riding modes, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), engine drag torque control (MSR), reverse assist, and Hill Start Control.
The cockpit has been specially designed for the New BMW R 18 Bagger and the New BMW R 18 Transcontinental, featuring four analogue round instruments and a 10.25-inch TFT colour display, which lets the rider access map navigation and connectivity features via a smartphone and BMW Motorrad Connected App.
Other highlights include the Keyless Ride functionality, as well as radio functionality – arriving as standard for both variants.
Last but not least, both bikes come with Marshall Gold Series sound systems, visually distinguished by grey cover grilles of the speakers in combination with golden Marshall lettering.
While the R 18 Bagger comes with the Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 package which is equipped with four speakers, a booster, and a subwoofer, the R 18 Transcontinental comes with Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 setup, comprising six speakers, a booster, and a subwoofer.
With the Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, ownership of the New BMW R 18 Bagger and the New BMW R 18 Transcontinental start from RM2,270 and RM2,420 per month, respectively.
This is based on balloon financing estimates of an 80% loan on a 4-year tenure. Owners 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.