Ducat 90 is the new savior of BMW, the R 18 Roctane is the 5th alternative – Auto-Motor

Even more masterfully than its predecessor, the new R 12 nineT combines the marcona character of boxers and the design language evoking the glorious eras of motorcycling with today’s modern, innovative technical content, as well as the modular concept, which provides maximum room for customization. More than ever before, the stripped-down model has a very strong emotional charge. This is no wonder, since when designing the motorcycle, in addition to ensuring a purist, classic look, the designers also had in mind that even the smallest detail radiates perfection.
“The purist design language is basically defined by the clean lines of the tank, seat and rear section. This was also the case with members of the former /5 series or even with the iconic model of the ’70s, the R 90 S. At first glance, the fuel tank itself is a classic BMW boxer tank with its characteristic lower bend and knee contact surface. To ensure an authentic roadster appearance, the frame triangle of the new R 12 nineT is covered by idom, a detail reminiscent of BMW motorcycles of the 1970s. – said Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.

“The R nineT, which made its debut on BMW Motorrad’s 90th birthday and laid the foundation for the experience offered by the new Heritage family with its customization concept, has become one of the cornerstones of our model range. The latest chapter in the legend woven around BMW boxer engines is written by the new R 12 nineT with its design language that adheres even more to classic principles, its endlessly refined design language, its rebuilding possibilities that make the imagination soar even more freely, and its new and innovative technical content. said Dr. Markus Schramm, BMW Motorrad’s first man.


The R 18 Roctane joins the R 18 family of R 18, R 18 Classic, R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental models as the fifth member. Impressive both in terms of appearance and solutions, the engine with matt Avus black metallic finish and high-gloss black covers faithfully recalls those air-cooled boxers with a glorious tradition, which have been the source of so many inspiring experiences since 1923 – that is, since BMW rolled out of the factory Motorrad’s first model. The most powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine ever installed in a series-produced motorcycle has a displacement of 1802 cm3. The maximum output of the unit is 67 kW (91 hp), which it produces at 4750 revolutions per minute. Thanks to the more than 150 Nm of torque available from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, the machine pushes forward with elemental force – and all this accompanied by a wonderful engine sound. Dark chrome exhaust pipes and star lock nuts match the black engine block perfectly.

The new R 18 Roctane is ideal for leisurely cruising, but also for touring thanks to the side boxes painted in the color of the motorcycle. The two boxes can hold 27 liters of travel stuff each. Those who want to take longer trips with the new R 18 Roctane can also purchase a windshield with additional headlights and suspended turn signals from the range of original BMW Motorrad accessories.

Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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