BMW registered the name “Roctane” in Germany and applied for international rights to the name with the intent to use it on a future motorcycle. Dictating which bike it will be used on is much more difficult than with most company names. This is because “normally” BMW uses very predictable naming for its motorcycles, usually consisting of a letter, which represents the engine configuration, then a number for the displacement and a further combination of letters to describe the style of the bike. Occasionally, however, the Company uses word-based names, and that’s what’s happening with the new Roctane.
What is certain is that the name has been filed for use on a future motorcycle. The fact that the name begins with the letter “R” could be an indication that it will be a model powered by the boxer engine, like all BMW models starting with the “R”. Although, as mentioned, BMW models normally follow the letter / number / letter convention, the current range already includes the R nineT (which you can see in the gallery above), which does not follow this convention. The Roctane name could be linked to the R 18, the future R 12, or why not, to a special version of the R nineT. The fact that the name can also be read as “R-Octane” leaves us to imagine that it could be intended for an R series bike optimized for more performance.