The BMW R 18 Roctane is the fifth member to join the Bavarian brand’s big-bore cruiser line-up, and may just be the best one yet. Will this be the bike to propel the R 18 into the cultural zeitgeist? INFO MOTO investigates in the video test below

What we like:

  • Pure cruising experience
  • Exciting engine
  • BMW fit-and-finish

BMW R 18 review

Room for improvement:

  • Cases are not removable
  • Heavy at 374kg (wet)
  • Riding position not for everyone

BMW has launched its new R 18 Roctane, the fifth full-time member of the brand’s big-capacity cruiser line-up, priced from $27,890 plus on-road costs.

The Roctane bagger joins the standard R 18, which is priced from $24,870 rideaway, as well as the R 18 Classic ($27,650), the R 18 B ($37,950) and R 18 Trancontinental ($40,115), distinguished by stripped back styling elements reminiscent of rival Harley-Davidson’s long-running Road King ($41,495).

BMW R 18 Roctane Australia

As standard, the BMW R 18 Roctane is finished in Black Storm Metallic, with optional Mineral Grey Metallic and Manhattan Metallic Matt colour options coming at a $475 premium. In all cases the standard-fit panniers are finished in the body colour, while the carry-over 1802cc boxer engine is finished in black.

BMW R 18 Roctane Australia

Outputs are unchanged from 67kW and 158Nm, as is consistent across the R 18 range.

Other features include keyless ignition, three rider modes, a steering stabiliser, LED lighting, adjustable levers, cruise control, a one-piece bench seat and a 12-volt socket.

An optional package, priced from $3100, will also add a lockable fuel cap, hill start control, adaptive headlights, floorboards, a reverse gear, tyre pressure monitoring and an anti-theft alarm.

BMW R 18 Roctane Australia

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8 months ago

Neat jigger Spenc’, but gees it’s screaming out for a big set of black FAT bars! The stockys look like spaghetti…… 🧐🙈
Aside from that, not a lot to complain about looks wise… 💪👍