BMW Motorrad’s release of the 1802cc R 18 created ripples across the motorcycle community in 2020. Even for the rider who wouldn’t usually look twice at a cruiser, the R18 is a stunning piece of machinery. It is well-engineered for a smooth and powerful ride: at press time, the R18 boasts the largest engine in a BMW production model.
For those looking to take more than a ride around town on an attractive chrome and leather steed, that second look at the R 18 likely wasn’t more than a passing glance. News from Bennetts regarding BMW Motorrad’s European trademark application for the word “Transcontinental” may re-spark the interest of overland riders.
In March, Bennets shared images of two different models of yet-to-be released BMW motorccyels. One image was of the R18 that Autoweek has since called “a gorgeous hunk of retro cool” and another has yet to be seen in the steel. The mystery machine, while similar to the R18, features a robust fairing, higher-capacity fuel tank, and a cockpit that includes a TFT screen in addition to standard-looking round gauges.
The position of the handlebars would equate to a more upright riding position, which is friendlier for longer rides. Perhaps most notably indicative of a motorcycle deserving of the name “Transcontinental” are the hard panniers. One question the sleek drawings of a highly-engineered, well-kitted motorcycle beg is the price point. With the R18 starting at $17,495, an educated guess would slate the mystery motorcycle’s price tag a bit higher.
According to Bennetts, “trademark authorities usually allow three months after publication for objections over new marks to be raised.” This means the earliest we could see a motorcycle called a “Transcontinental” is most-likely March 2021. For now, we’ll just chalk this up to one more thing to look forward to in 2021
Header image: Image: Bennetts.co.uk