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BMW R 18 Roctane

Touring with a coolness factor

The R 18 Roctane is a synonym for pure nonchalance. Appearance: Bagger. Comfort: touring motorcycle. Personality: custom factory hot rod. It is driven by the powerful big boxer engine. Ride it and every country road turns into Route 66. Its style is unconventional: black and matt – that’s what joy can look like. At least for those who bring #SoulFuel to life. Bagger outline, dragster seat and midi ape-hanger demonstrate that this is not a bog-standard bike. Want even more rock 'n' roll? The bike ready for customising. All you need to do is own it!

Cool touring motorcycle with hot rod design

Character: independent

This extroverted bike does not adapt. It stands out despite its dark colours. Or precisely because of them. The three versions emphasise its different facets. You like doing your own thing? Take it to another level with customising.

Black storm metallic

Rock 'n' roll ex works: black in black. It celebrates its rebellious character in Black storm metallic.

Mineral grey metallic matt

It doesn't get any cooler than this: the R 18 Roctane in optionally available Mineral grey metallic matt.

Manhattan metallic matt

The expressive Manhattan metallic matt paintwork lends your R 18 Roctane more elegance.

More than a bike – your statement

The iconic front with round LED headlight and 21-inch cast aluminium wheel leads the way towards the horizon. You are casually gripping the midi ape-hanger and resting your feet on the standard footboards, while the dragster seat gives you perfect support on long tours. The elongated bagger outline flows straight to the stylish rear end featuring hard-shell cases.  This bike is an eye-catcher. Unmistakable: the unique boxer sound from the striking, dark chrome rear silencer.

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It’s just the most casual way to go touring.


Dominic Thönnes

Heritage product specialist

Powerful big boxer engine
Detailed view of the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane boxer engine
Impressive 21-inch front wheel
Detailed view of the 21-inch front wheel on the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane
Striking midi ape-hanger
Detailed view of the midi ape-hanger on the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane
Black, straight rear silencer
Detailed view of the rear silencer on the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane
Round LED headlight
Detailed view of the round LED headlight on the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane
Comfortable dragster seat
Detailed view of the dragster seat on the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane
Hard-shell cases in bagger look
Detailed view of the side cases on the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane
Traditional round dial-type speedometer
Detailed view of the round dial-type speedometer on the BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane

Your bike, your rules

Your bike, your rules

Even more extrovert? Even cooler? Lend it your unique character. For this purpose, we offer a wide range of optional accessories, such as the Filler Panels or the Machined series by Roland Sands Design. A single seat is available for lonely riders. It goes without saying that you can take customising even further. There are no limits to your ideas.

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Experience the sound of the R 18 Roctane

Big boxer for long tours

Big boxer for long tours

A bike like a statement – an uncompromising ride. It goes without saying that this bike features the largest boxer engine we offer. Generating consistently high torque, it guarantees sheer riding pleasure on long journeys. You can rely on 150 Nm between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. At 4,750 rpm, our big boxer delivers a whopping 67 kW (91 hp). The exposed, high-gloss, nickel-plated Cardan shaft makes power transmission impressively visible.

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Nm maximum torque at 3,000 rpm
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Air/oil-cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke boxer engine

The first step is the easiest – the A2 variant of the R 18 Roctane.

The R 18 Roctane is also available with 35 kW (48 hp) to suit holders of a European A2 driving licence. Consequently, you can enjoy this bike when you are on the road with your European A2 driving licence. This means that you can make the most of the R 18 Roctane's intuitive handling from the very beginning. More information is available here.

Everything under your control

Numerous assistance systems make sure that you always have your bike under control. These include Automatic Stability Control (ASC), engine drag torque control (MSR) as well as optional Hill Start Control and a reverser. Your three riding modes for more safety and riding pleasure are Rock, Roll and Rain and thanks to optimum seating ergonomics and plenty of storage space you won't have to do without the comfort you are used to on long tours.

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