BMW’s motorcycle-building division is considering extra-big. It is getting ready to unveil a pair of jumbo-sized bikes that will probably be based mostly on the R18 cruiser and geared toward a section dominated by Harley-Davidson’s greatest fashions.
Patent filings found by fanatic web site Motorcycle News partially reveal the R18’s jumbo-sized siblings. Known as R18 B and R18 Transcontinental, respectively, they’re touring bikes constructed across the mighty, 1.8-liter flat-twin engine celebrated as essentially the most highly effective BMW boxer up to now when it made its debut in early 2020. B stands for “bagger,” in line with the publication, which is a kind of huge, road-trip-ready motorbike. Transcontinental is self-explanatory.
Staying true to the bagger ethos, the R18 B (pictured) will obtain extra fairing than the R18 and a pair of exhausting instances mounted on both aspect of the rear wheel. Riders who choose the Transcontinental will profit from a taller windshield and a 3rd exhausting case, amongst different add-ons. Each will probably be significantly larger than the R18, which is already not a small bike: Patent paperwork present the B will stretch 100.7 inches lengthy, span between 36.6 inches and 38.1 inches large, and weight round 880 kilos. The total-fat Transcontinental will measure practically 104 inches lengthy and tip the size at about 950 kilos. For context, the unique Good ForTwo had a 98.4-inch footprint.
Riders will face what seems to be like a large touchscreen and an instrument cluster made up of 4 particular person gauges. Audio system embedded into the entrance fairing counsel the air-cooled engine will not be making the one sound the XL R18s emit.
Talking of, it does not sound like BMW will make adjustments to the dual, so each upcoming R18s will probably be rated at 91 horsepower and 117 pound-feet of torque. Driving vary will enhance because of an even bigger gas tank. Chassis modifications will probably be a part of the transformation, and a steeper fork angle will ship higher high-speed stability.
BMW hasn’t introduced plans to unveil both mannequin, however we count on each will make their world debut within the coming months. After they arrive in showrooms, they will price greater than the usual R18, which begins at $18,190.