Which Reigns Supreme: The R 18 Roctane or the R 12 nineT? Uniting Custom Bagger Style and Timeless Tradition in the New BMW Motorrad Family

BMW Unveils Two New Bikes: The R 18 Roctane and R 12 nineT with even more classic, purist design, great attention to detail and even more customizing options.

@BWM Motorrad is Introducing the New BMW R 18 Roctane and R 12 nineT: Embracing Tradition and Touring in Custom Bagger Style

The new BMW R 12 nineT continues 100 years of BMW Motorrad fascination and tradition seamlessly.

Are you a passionate bike and classic car enthusiast with an admiration for impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail? Look no further, as BMW Motorrad presents two new remarkable additions to their lineup: the R 12 nineT and the R 18 Roctane. These bikes embody the essence of pure driving pleasure while paying homage to the rich heritage and tradition of BMW Motorrad.

Let’s start with the iconic R 12 nineT, seamlessly continuing the 100-year legacy of BMW Motorrad fascination. Building on the success of the R nineT, this powerful classic roadster offers a multitude of conceptual options for endless customization and personalization. Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, proudly states, “The R nineT and its customizing concept established the new Heritage experience for BMW Motorrad’s 90th birthday and has become an indispensable cornerstone of our model range.” The R 12 nineT takes this heritage story to new heights with a classic, refined design, enhanced customization possibilities, and innovative technology.

Underneath its timeless exterior lies the original 1200 boxer engine, redesigned with an airbox and exhaust system to deliver a pure riding experience. Paying tribute to the legendary flat-twin engine that adorned the very first BMW motorcycle, the R 12 nineT carries forward the unmistakable design, exhilarating acceleration, signature power delivery, iconic sound, and smooth running that have made BMW motorcycles legendary. This air/oil-cooled boxer engine embodies tradition, allowing riders to relish in the history and authenticity that defines BMW Motorrad.

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@BMW Motorrad R 12 nineT

The R 12 nineT takes pride in its classic, purist design, paying meticulous attention to detail and offering an array of customization options. The bike’s clear tank/seat/rear line draws inspiration from traditional motorcycle eras, reminiscent of the revered models like the /5 series and the iconic R 90 S from the 70s. BMW Motorrad’s commitment to craftsmanship shines through in every aspect, from the redesigned front mudguard to the LED main headlamp with a black-surround light guide element. The two round instruments, exuding a vintage aesthetic, complete the nostalgic appeal. With the option to explore attractive customization options from the original BMW Motorrad accessory range, riders can truly make the R 12 nineT their own. The addition of an integrated LED rear light unit into the seat allows for the realization of a sleek “short tail” design, perfect for those seeking a customized touch.

@BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane motorcycle

Now, let’s turn our attention to the extraordinary R 18 Roctane, the fifth member of the R 18 family.

This bike seamlessly combines cutting-edge motorcycle technology with the charm and design of bygone eras, paying tribute to the rich history and tradition of BMW Motorrad. Inspired by iconic models like the BMW R 5, the R 18 Roctane reinterprets the classic custom bagger style, showcasing meticulous attention to detail and a purist design philosophy. The double-loop tube frame, pear-drop fuel tank, and open propeller shaft drive hark back to the legendary 1936 boxer, while the metal body parts add an authentic touch that befits a true classic.

At the heart of the R 18 Roctane lies the most powerful boxer engine ever built by BMW, boasting an impressive 1,802 cc engine capacity and delivering robust torque. Its black metallic matt finish, paired with black high-gloss covers, and dark chrome exhaust system exude an aura of power and elegance. Every ride is an experience to be savored, as the R 18 Roctane captures the essence of pure motorcycling pleasure.

The R 18 Roctane’s design language skillfully merges classic styling with contemporary technology, creating a captivating overall concept. From the double-sided swinging arm to the cantilever suspension strut, the bike’s suspension system pays homage to the legendary R 5 while providing modern-day comfort and performance.

@BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane motorcycle

@BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane motorcycle

Every detail of the R 18 Roctane has been lovingly crafted, showcasing BMW Motorrad’s dedication to excellence. The headlight, featuring a classically designed round instrument, revives a characteristic combination seen on the legendary BMW R 5 and many other BMW motorcycles of the past. The dial proudly displays the “BERLIN BUILT” lettering, reminding riders of the bike’s origin and the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into every BMW Motorrad creation. Manufactured at the renowned BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau, the R 18 Roctane is a testament to German engineering and expertise.

One of the standout features of the entire R 18 family, including the Roctane, is its conversion-friendly architecture. From visible valve covers to the chest cover, BMW Motorrad has designed the R 18 series with ease of customization in mind. This means that riders have the freedom to personalize their bikes to reflect their unique style and preferences. The R 18 Roctane not only provides an exhilarating riding experience but also serves as a canvas for individual expression and optimal customization.

Whether you’re captivated by the classic, purist design and customizing options of the R 12 nineT or the captivating blend of modern technology and timeless charm in the R 18 Roctane, BMW Motorrad has created two exceptional motorcycles that embody the spirit of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

@BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane motorcycle

@BMW Motorrad R 18 Roctane motorcycle

The 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 R 12 nineT

@BMW R 12 nineT bike

The highlights of the new BMW R 12 nineT:

Classic, purist design.
Workmanship with great attention to detail.
Air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine.
Designed for customizing.
One-piece tubular space frame with bolted-on rear frame.
Classic wheel guides with high-quality upside-down telescopic forks at the front and Paralever at the rear.
Left-side exhaust system with double silencer and conical end pieces.
Radially mounted 4-piston monobloc calipers, steel braided brake lines.
Tailor-made, high-quality original BMW Motorrad accessory range.

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