With its new R 18 B and Transcontinental, BMW is ready to compete with the two bikes at the top of the list of women’s favorite touring motorcycles, Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide and Road Glide.
Following the debut of the R 18 cruiser we reviewed last month, BMW Motorrad is adding the first iteration to this new series of motorcycles, the R 18 Classic. With standard features like a windshield, saddlebags, floorboards, cruise control, and LED driving lights, the Classic is ready to take you long distances.
What’s in a letter? That’s the challenge BMW set out to tackle. The BMW F 800 ST carried the company’s middleweight sport touring flag for six years, but after listening to ST owners—and wannabe ST owners who felt something was preventing them from pulling the trigger—BMW decided the bike needed more gran turismo (i.e., touring elements).