Roctane becomes latest edition to BMW R 18 family

BMW Motorrad has expanded its R 18 cruiser family, adding the Roctane to the model line-up. With more than a nod to history and tradition, the new variant will hit showrooms in Q4 this year and is priced from $27,890 plus on-roads.

Delivering state-of-the-art technology, paired with the design and charm of times gone by, the R 18 Roctane features the celebrated 2-cylinder flat twin engine, also known as the “big boxer”.

Finished in Avus black metallic matte paint, with black high-gloss covers, the motor harks back to the traditional air-cooled engines that have provided an exhilarating riding experience for more than seven decades under the guise of BMW Motorrad.

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In this case, it’s the most powerful ever built for a series production motorcycle and boasts 1,802cc for an output of 67kW and 150Nm of torque, delivering elemental pulling power and sonorous sound.

The black engine is perfectly matched by the dark chrome exhaust and star counter nuts. A double-loop tubular steel frame is at the heart of the chassis. As with the legendary BMW R 5, which it draws inspiration from, the rear swinging arm encloses the rear axle drive.

2024 BMW R 18 Roctane Cruiser
2024 BMW R 18 Roctane Cruiser

The suspension elements of the new BMW R 18 Roctane deliberately feature no electronic adjustment options. Instead, a telescopic fork and a directly linked central sprint strut with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel guidance.

The fixed tubes of the telescopic fork arms are encased in fork sleeves, 49mm in diameter. Suspension travel is 120mm at the front and 90mm at the rear. Twin disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, with four-piston fixed callipers, stop the bike.

The 21-inch front and 18-inch rear alloy wheels give the bike a stylish look and significant additional road presence. Casual, mid-mounted foot pegs allow for a relaxed and active riding position for optimally controlling the motorcycle as well.

The R 18 Roctane also features a two-level seat that tapers slimly towards the rear, with rear passenger straps, and is equipped with running boards in conjunction with a gearshift paddle. The high, black-coated handlebars ensure an upright and comfortable ride.

Ideally equipped for laid-back cruising and touring thanks to 27-litre cases painted in the colour of the bike, it can also be equipped with a windshield with auxiliary headlights and suspended turn indicator lights.

2024 BMW R 18 Roctane Cruiser
2024 BMW R 18 Roctane Cruiser

Standard paint is Black, while Mineral Grey or Manhattan (both matte metallics) are also available. Three riding modes, stability and engine drag control, a reversing aid and hill start assist all feature, with the latter two forming part of the optional Highline package.

For further information, contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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