BMW has revealed its new R 18 Roctane which will be the fifth full-time member of the brand’s big-capacity cruiser line-up when it hits showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2023, 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).
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.
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.
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