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BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental Slated For 2022

BMW will be expanding its R 18 series next year. The fairing-equipped R 18 B (shown) will be one of the models added for 2022. (BMW/)

A year ago we revealed the design drawings for a bigger, bulkier bagger version of BMW’s new R 18, and now that bike has finally been confirmed as part of the company’s 2022 model range along with an even heavier model called the R 18 Transcontinental.

Newly filed emissions certifications published by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) show four versions of the R 18 will be in BMW’s 2022 range. The basic R 18 and its bags-and-shield R 18 Classic sibling will remain as they are today, but they’ll be joined by the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental.

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It’s likely the B will wield a full fairing and hard bags à la Harley’s Street Glide.

It’s likely the B will wield a full fairing and hard bags à la Harley’s Street Glide. (BMW/)

While the new bikes share the same 1,802cc pushrod boxer twin engine with the existing R 18 variants, with identical emissions performance and hence the same power and torque figures (91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 116 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm), they’re both significantly heavier.

Rather than the base R 18′s solo gauge, the B will probably get a huge TFT touchscreen as well.

Rather than the base R 18′s solo gauge, the B will probably get a huge TFT touchscreen as well. (BMW/)

Although CARB documents use an unfamiliar “EIM” (estimated inertial mass) measurement intended to represent the actual running weight of a bike including the rider, rather than the usual dry or curb weights we’re used to seeing on spec sheets, the differences between the models should translate. Under the EIM formula, the base R 18 comes in at 420 kilograms (926 pounds), while its quoted weight is 761 pounds fully fueled. That means the EIM calculation is adding 75 kilograms or 165 pounds for the rider. It’s the same for the R 18 Classic, with an EIM of 440 kilograms (970 pounds), compared to a spec sheet weight of 805 pounds.

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That means we can be pretty confident that the EIM weight for the new R 18 B—480 kilograms (1,058 pounds)—will translate to a fueled curb weight of 893 pounds. And the big boy of the lineup, the Transcontinental, which has an EIM of 510 kilograms (1,124 pounds), will be about 959 pounds fueled but without a rider.

Using the EIM formula to account for rider weight, it still appears both new models will be quite a bit heavier than the base R 18.

Using the EIM formula to account for rider weight, it still appears both new models will be quite a bit heavier than the base R 18. (BMW/)

In looking at the design drawings we revealed 12 months ago, it seems likely the R 18 B will be the version of the bike with hard bags, a larger tank, and a wide, bar-mounted fairing with a low screen. While the chassis and engine are shared with the normal R 18, the tank is significantly larger and every body panel is changed, with deeper fenders front and rear. On board, the normal R 18′s minimalist single gauge is replaced with a comprehensive set of dials above a massive TFT touchscreen. The bike’s bagger styling cues fit neatly with the “R 18 B” name, and the weight figure seems about right as well.

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Both bikes will be powered by the same 1,802cc boxer twin engine on the first R 18 variants.

Both bikes will be powered by the same 1,802cc boxer twin engine on the first R 18 variants. (BMW/)

That just leaves the Transcontinental. BMW filed trademark applications for the Transcontinental name in December of last year, and while we’ve yet to see that bike, it seems likely that it will be similar to the R 18 B but with a top case forming the backrest to a more comfortable pillion seat, plus a taller screen. BMW has also been seen testing the bike with a wart-like radar sensor mounted in the fairing above the headlight, showing that the radar-assisted adaptive cruise control that debuted on this year’s R 1250 RT will also be finding a home on the R 18 B and Transcontinental, at least as an option.

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