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The latest attempt by the Motorrad to woo American buyers is the R18 Roctane. 

This BMW R 18 version is styled after famous BMW models, such as the slash 5, and puts the focus back on the essentials of motorcycling: Purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the focus of riding pleasure. Classic design and clear, yet contemporary technology merge to form a fascinating overall concept. This combination delivers a unique emotional riding experience and the model is characterized by skilfully staged design language with a rear section in so-called “streamlining design”.

Conversion-friendly architecture for easy customizing and optimal individualization.
Like all other R 18 family members, the new R 18 Roctane offers a very conversion-friendly architecture, which was already the focus when the basic design of the R 18 series was being conceived. In addition the visible valve covers (cylinder head covers) and the chest cover (engine housing cover) are designed in such a way that they are located outside the oil chamber, making them very easy to change.

The new R18 Roctane is headed to US showrooms sometime in the third quarter of 2023 with a sticker price $18,695. Like most of the R18 family it is designed to appeal to the custom builder/cruiser crowd.Highlights of the new BMW R 18 Roctane:

  • Iconic style thanks to the use of modern technology and authentic materials.
  • Biggest ever BMW boxer engine with a capacity of 1,802 cc.
  • Output 67 kW (91 hp) at 4, 750 rpm, maximum torque 158 Nm at 3,000 rpm.
  • More than 150 Nm available at all times from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm.
  • Open propeller shaft drive based on the classic role model.
  • Exhaust system and star counter nuts in Dark Chrome.
  • Elaborately manufactured double loop tubular steel frame.
  • Rear swinging arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.
  • Telescopic forks with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut featuring travel-dependent damping.
  • Well-balanced ergonomics with high handlebars ensure relaxed riding and optimum control.
  • Front and rear disc brakes and cast alloy wheels, 21-inch at front and 18-inch at rear.
  • Side covers with emblem.
  • Headlight housing with integrated classic round instrument.
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting technology, classically interpreted.
  • Adaptive headlight for even better illumination of the road when cornering as optional equipment ex-factory.
  • Keyless Ride for convenient activation pf functions remotely (ignition on/off).
  • Manual steering lock (with key): Locking on the righ-hand side of the handlebar tube:
  • Cases locked manually (with key).
  • Three riding modes as well as ASC and engine drag control as standard.
  • Reversing aid for convenient manoeuvring and Hill Start Control for easy hill starts as optional equipment ex factory.
  • Heated grips, anti-theft alarm, TPM and 35 kW version as optional equipment ex factory.
  • Extensive range of optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories as well as a laid-back Ride & Style Collection.

BMW offers up the fifth iteration of their Big Boxer. 

 

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