BMW’s new big tourers launched in Nelspruit
BMW Motorrad Mbombela, formerly known as Eastview Motorrad, recently launched two models that are taking the fight to the leaders in the tour-motorcycle segment.
The R18 Transcontinental and R18 Hardbagger are the third and fourth versions of BMW’s radical “Big Boxer” R18 cruiser. The R18 is a proper cruiser with classic styling cues from the BMW motorcycles from the 1950s. It has the largest boxer engine – an engine with two horizontally-opposed cylinders – in BMW’s history.
The 1 802cc engine has 158Nm of stump-pulling torque at 3 000rpm and that is all you need to make for a great cruiser. Except for the looks, accessories, bells and whistles and so on of course. And these bikes have all of that in spades.
The Hardbagger has four round analogue instruments for speed, engine speed, the fuel tank and the amount of power being used, plus a very modern 10,25-inch TFT screen that gives information on more items than you need – and also doubles as the display for the incredible Marshall sound system. Apart from housing a Marshall loudspeaker each, the panniers have more than 26 litres of luggage space.
The Transcontinental has all of that and more. It truly takes luxury to the next level with a 47-litre topbox and a larger Marshal sound system – as well as an option for an even higher-spec sound system.
Read our earlier announcement on the R18 tourers here.
The bikes are BMWs after all, so ABS brakes and traction control are to be expected. But they also have Dynamic Cruise Control, which reduces the bike’s speed if there is traffic in the way.
Around 60 people attended the launch at the Nelspruit dealership and one of the unveiled Transcontinentals (with the Marshall Stage 2 sound system) had already been sold. The lucky buyer was there to share the spotlight with his new bike.
Dealer principal Shaun Brown and his sales executives Sibusiso Ngomane and Allan Brown (no relation) were on hand to answer questions from the guests.
Here is some eye candy in the two following galleries: