BMW Motorrad India has launched the F 900 R and F 900 XR. The F900R is available in a single variant, while the F 900 XR is offered in Standard and Pro variants. The motorcycles are priced between Rs 9.90 lakh and Rs 11.50 lakh.
Say hello to BMW Motorrad India’s brand-new offerings – the F 900 R & F 900 XR. While both middleweight motorcycles are based on the same platform, their roles are different – the F 900 R is a naked streetfighter, whereas the F 900 XR is meant for long-distance riding, as it’s a sports tourer. BMW has launched one variant of the F 900 R, and it’s priced at Rs 9.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The F 900 XR is offered in two variants – Standard and Pro. The former is priced at Rs 10.50 lakh, while the latter is available for Rs 11.50 lakh (both prices are ex-showroom).
The F 900 R and F 900 XR are both based on the same platform as the F 850 GS, however, with a couple of modifications. In the F 900 twins, the parallel-twin engine is the same as the F 850 GS, however, it has a bigger bore and, as a result, and increased cubic capacity – from 853cc to 895cc. The engine produces more power and torque as well – 103bhp and 92Nm. The engine is paired with a six-speed transmission.
The frame of the F 900 twins is also similar to the F 850 GS’, but the steel bridge frame in the new bikes has been modified. Both the bikes come fitted as standard with non-adjustable 43mm upside-down front fork and a mono-shock at the rear. However, the F 900 XR offers more spring travel than its naked sibling – 170 mm vs 135mm at the front and 172mm vs 142mm at the rear. The Pro version of the F 900 XR gets semi-electronic suspension or Dynamic ESA at the rear wheel as an optional extra.
In terms of equipment, LED headlamps, two riding modes – Rain and Road – ABS, a 6.5-inch colour TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity, and traction control are standard. The F 900 XR Pro will add cruise control and a quick-shifter on top of that.
BMW will offer a 3-year 'unlimited kilometres' standard warranty on both the motorcycles, with an option to extend it for the fourth and fifth year. Customer deliveries and test rides of the motorcycles will commence based on the government guidelines post the lockdown period, says BMW.