BMW Motorrad is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a new version of the R 18.
As the fifth model of the R 18 family, Roctane became a variation of the bike in the “cult style of past eras – the bagger”. The company said that the design of the motorcycle was influenced by the R 5 model. Therefore, he received a double-circuit tubular frame, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank and an open propeller shaft drive – all like a 1936 motorcycle.
Roctane also gets LED lights, alloy wheels (21″ front and 18″ rear) and a rear swingarm similar to the R 5.
The model also features a minimalist instrument panel with old-school “Berlin Built” lettering and two bike-colored panniers that hold 27 liters.
The suspension “intentionally” lacks electronic adjustment. But the rest of the bike is quite modern: there are heated grips, a stability control system and three riding modes. Also optionally, the motorcycle can be equipped with a hill start assist system and a reverse assist system.
Under the tank is a 1.8-liter flat-twin engine with 91 hp. and 158 Nm. It is painted in Avus black and has glossy black trims as well as a dark chrome exhaust system.
Power is sent to the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox, allowing the bike to hit 100 km/h in 5.46 seconds. The maximum speed is 179 km/h.
The cost of R 18 Roctane in the US is from $19,590 (1.5 million rubles). That is, there it costs a little more than the R 18 Classic, but cheaper than the R 18 B. In Russia, the most affordable representative of the R 18 family costs from 2,163,150 million rubles, R 18 B – from 2,960,100 rubles, R 18 Classic – from 2,347,150 rubles. That is, R 18 Roctane can cost about 2.6 million rubles.
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