The new BMW R 18 Roctane is the fifth member of the R 18 family – cruising and touring in custom bagger style.
The BMW R 18 Roctane, part of the R 18 family, is a motorcycle that combines classic design elements with modern technology, paying tribute to BMW Motorrad’s history.
At the core of the R 18 Roctane is the renowned 2-cylinder flat twin engine, known as the “big boxer.” With 1,802 cc on tap, it is the most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine ever built for a motorcycle series, offering impressive power and torque. The engine is complemented by a dark chrome exhaust system and star counter nuts.
The motorcycle’s chassis is built on a double-loop tubular steel frame, with suspension featuring telescopic forks and a directly linked central sprint strut with adjustable spring preload. Twin disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear gives it impressive stopping power too in a pinch.
The R 18 Roctane offers three riding modes, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), and engine drag torque control for safety and a smooth riding experience. Optional features include a reversing aid, Hill Start Control, and heated grips.
Design-wise, the R 18 Roctane reinterprets classic styling with elements inspired by the BMW R 5, such as the double-loop tube frame, pear-drop fuel tank, and open propeller shaft drive.
Metal body parts contribute to the vintage motorcycle aesthetic, and the suspension design mirrors the R 5’s rigid frame layout, albeit with modern improvements.
Ergonomically, the R 18 Roctane is designed for balance and comfort, featuring a two-level seat, footboards, a gearshift paddle, and high handlebars. The footrests are positioned behind the cylinders, promoting a relaxed riding posture.
For touring capabilities, the motorcycle comes with colour-matched cases providing ample luggage space, and riders can opt for a windshield and additional lighting. Plus, the R 18 Roctane’s adaptable architecture allows easy customisation and personalisation.
A timeless design, modern technology, and attention to detail. What more could you ask for?