The BMW Rockster was an interesting variant on their naked bike of the time, the R1150R. The Rockster was BMW’s take on a streetfighter of sorts, made by pulling together the headlight from a R1150GS, gauges from the R1100S, and throwing them onto the R1150R with a distinctive paint job.
In 2004, BMW introduced the dual-spark version of the oilhead engine, which this bike benefits from. Benefits were claimed to include improved fuel economy and emissions, with no drop in power. In addition, BMW released a special edition to commemorate the firms 80th anniversary. Called the Edition 80, it featured white/black (Alpineweiss) paint, heated grips, ABS, and a special identifying badge on the frame. 2003 models were produced, 200 of which made it to the US.
This example is #145/2003, and the seller says that it’s in excellent condition. He also says that it’s a “great bike for town, dirt roads, National Parks, or RTW (around the world)”, partially due to Continental TKC80 tires. It’s equipped with ABS, heated grips, and the OEM bags. I always thought these were practical but funky bikes, and the TKCs arguably amplify both of those characteristics.
Find this Rockster for sale in Logan, Utah for $5,000 here on ADVRider.