Rockin’ with the Roctane – Highway Rider Journal

Australian Highway Rider has not too long ago returned from the launch of the BMW R 18 Roctane, which included a experience up and down the Putty Highway, one in all Sydney’s finest driving roads.


It was a blast. you’ll have the ability to learn the complete story of the launch and particulars of the bike in situation 175.
Now cruisers aren’t often a complete lot of enjoyable on winding roads – particularly these broken by flooding lately and poor upkeep over the a long time resulting from poor discovering, however the brand new heavyweight bagger was really a enjoyable experience.
Certain, I ran out of cornering clearance, felt like a windsock at instances and located the seat to be too low for my lanky body and legs, however regardless of all this I loved the experience.

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Right here’s how BMW describe the bike:
The brand new BMW R 18 Roctane, the fifth member of BMW Motorrad’s famend cruiser household, has launched in Australia.
As with its stablemates, the BMW R 18 octane harks again to the historical past and custom of BMW Motorrad whereas delivering state-of-the-art bike know-how with the design and appeal of instances passed by.
Each technically and visually, the BMW R 18 borrows from well-known BMW fashions such because the BMW R 5 and places the main target again on the necessities of motorcycling: purist, no-frills know-how and the boxer engine because the epicentre of driving pleasure.
Its basic design and clear, but modern know-how merge to type a compelling total package deal.
The mix delivers a novel emotional driving expertise and an aesthetic that’s characterised by skilfully staged design language.
Strongest BMW boxer engine of all time delivers beefy torque
The guts of the brand new BMW R 18 Roctane is the celebrated 2-cylinder flat twin engine, often known as the “huge boxer”.
Completed in Avus black metallic matt and with black high-gloss covers, the engine evokes the normal air-cooled boxer engines which have supplied an exhilarating driving expertise for greater than seven a long time since BMW Motorrad started manufacturing bikes in 1923.

Take a look at my interview and a few experience photographs with Roland Stocker, the bike’s Undertaking Supervisor for BMW…