BMW will be bringing two brand new bikes in India in 2020 - the F 900 R & F 900 XR. The former is a naked motorcycle that will go on sale very soon, and it'll be followed by the launch of the latter, which is an adventure sports tourer. In this piece, we tell you everything about the the F 900 XR.
BMW Motorrad India plans to bring two brand new motorcycles in India this year – the F 900 R and F 900 XR. While the F 900 R is expected to go on sale very soon, it’s launch will be followed by the arrival of the F 900 XR. So, what’s special about the F 900 XR? Time to find out,
Chassis & suspension
The F 900 XR is based on the same underpinnings as the F 900 R, albeit it’s meant for adventure/sport touring. Like its naked sibling, the F 900 XR also features a modified version of the F 850 GS ADV's frame. The F 900 XR features a steel bridge frame like the GS, but it gets a new bolt-on rear frame. Suspension duties are carried out by a 43mm front fork with 170mm of travel and a monoshock at the back with 172mm travel. Dynamic ESA at rear wheel (electronic damping) is available as an optional extra.
The F 900 XR gets the same engine with same power and torque outputs as the F 900 R. Again, this engine is based on the F 850 GS’s 853cc parallel-twin, but it’s a bigger bore (86mm vs 84mm), meaning the engine capacity stands at 895cc. The twin motor delivers 103bhp and 92Nm of torque. Power transmission duties are carried out by a six-speed transmission.
Features and Equipment:
The F 900 XR comes standard with LED headlamps, a 6.5-inch colour TFT display with Bluetooth Connectivity, traction control, two riding modes – Rain and Road, and ABS. Optional extras include two more riding modes with Dynamic Package, as well as cornering ABS, a quick-shifter, keyless ignition, adaptive cornering lights, et al. Heated grips, cruise control and panniers will also be offered.
Expected launch date, price & competition:
The F 900 XR is expected to launch in India in the second half of 2020 – around July/August. The motorcycle is expected to be priced between Rs 12 lakh – Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom) and will compete with the Ducati Multistrada 950.