Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 54

Thread: New R18 Transcontinental

  1. #1
    Registered User REBGEN's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Clive, IA
    Posts
    284

    New R18 Transcontinental

    https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/mo...anscontinental

    Surprised no mention of this in this forum. I don't have any connection to the current cruiser other than owning the first version from 1998. Doesn't fit where I'm at now but hope it is wildly successful.
    1998 R1200C Canyon Red
    2019 Honda Goldwing DCT

    MOA #133030

  2. #2
    Registered User lkraus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    1,917
    If the Transcontinental generates profits that lets BMW continue improving the R1200/R1250 line, I'm all for it. It might appeal to H-D riders, which I'm sure was their intent.

    If I'm their target market (old, fat, balding) for the Transcontinental, they just shot themselves in the foot. I don't see a single attractive feature.
    Larry
    2006 R1200RT

  3. #3
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    9,057
    Selecting the purple paint or First Addition package with the Premium package put the price around $32,000.

    R18 Transcontinental.png

    R18 Transcontinental first edition.jpg
    Lee
    2022 R1250RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2016 R1200RS, 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

  4. #4
    Hey Chromehead ! bobs98's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Marlton, South Jersey
    Posts
    1,395
    I like the way it looks, nice features and very attractive.

    Not for me, but I hope it does well for the target market and brings new riders to BMW.
    Bob Smith
    1998 R1200C
    2000 R1200C

  5. #5
    I wonder if the 1600 Bagger and Grand America's days are numbered with the Transcontinental crowding that segment space.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by REBGEN View Post
    https://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/mo...anscontinental

    Surprised no mention of this in this forum.
    My friend, you are no longer where it's at. The info is here on BMW Owners News dot com, "the information network for BMW Motorcycle enthusiasts."

    There was a time when volunteers on this Forum were the first to post the news (and get the magazine editor royally pissed ), but things change, stuff happens.


  7. #7
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    9,057
    For me that video was worthless for showing a new bike.
    You only get a few glimpse and most of the shots were way too dark.
    Lee
    2022 R1250RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2016 R1200RS, 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2019
    Location
    Catskill MTS
    Posts
    61
    Not for ever body, but I think they did a good job on it.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    For me that video was worthless for showing a new bike.
    You only get a few glimpse and most of the shots were way too dark.
    I think that video's objective was to surround the bike with a sense of coolness. No doubt there are more informational videos available or coming soon.

  10. #10
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    9,057
    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    I think that video's objective was to surround the bike with a sense of coolness. No doubt there are more information videos available or coming.
    I think it's important on the first videos to have clear pictures and latter move on to the coolness factor.
    Lee
    2022 R1250RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2016 R1200RS, 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

  11. #11
    Registered User GTRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Nibley, UT USA
    Posts
    2,137
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    For me that video was worthless for showing a new bike.
    You only get a few glimpse and most of the shots were way too dark.
    Well, the website does a good job of laying out the details on the bike, and the video’s purpose is not so much to sell the bike as the lifestyle/emotional/attitudinal package. I’m just glad the riders were wearing gear, and not sure what could have been added or different, as BMW is kinda walking a line between disparate groups with this bike. The gear tilts toward the traditional BMW rider, the bike toward the intended conquest market. Maybe bringing back the leather duster from the R1200C era? More cowbell? Six-shooters?

    I hope BMW sells a ton of them, that would be good for the dealers, the marque, and those who want to see continued development on other models in the lineup.

    Best,
    DeVern
    DGerber
    1983 R80ST — 1984 R80 G/S-PD — 2004 K1200GT w/Hannigan S/C — 2010 K1300GT — 2018 R1200GS
    BMWMOA#52184, AMA#271542, IBA#138

  12. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    For me that video was worthless for showing a new bike.
    You only get a few glimpse and most of the shots were way too dark.

    The BMW Motorrad Press Release has some better info and videos.

    https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/usa/a...anscontinental

  13. #13
    SURVIVOR akbeemer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Big Sky Country
    Posts
    8,860
    I cannot be certain, but it looks like it has foot pegs rather than floor-boards. A true bagger must have floor-boards, or so I am told. If needed I imagine Touratech will fill the void.
    Kevin Huddy
    Silver City, Montana
    MOA# 24,790 Ambassador

  14. #14
    Registered User RIDERR1150GSADV's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    S.Florida
    Posts
    1,580
    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I cannot be certain, but it looks like it has foot pegs rather than floor-boards. A true bagger must have floor-boards, or so I am told. If needed I imagine Touratech will fill the void.
    They are on backorder already at TT....

    On that note, I think these bikes look cool and hope BMW has a hit with them.
    Not for me personally as I am a GS guy, but nevertheless a neat concept as that R18 engine was begging for more use than just the initial model.
    MOA # 108516
    Current ride 2018 R1200 GSA Triple Black
    Past rides '04 R1150RT, '05 K1200LT, '06 R1150GSA, ‘17 R1200RT

  15. #15
    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    9,057
    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I cannot be certain, but it looks like it has foot pegs rather than floor-boards. A true bagger must have floor-boards, or so I am told. If needed I imagine Touratech will fill the void.
    When I look at the Bagger pictures I see foot pegs and floorboards.
    When you configure a Bagger it shows floorboards on the base model.
    Lee
    2022 R1250RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2016 R1200RS, 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •