BMW F 900 R, F 900 XR India Launch Today
Both bikes are powered by the same 895cc parallel-twin motor
Will be the first BS6 offering from the Bavarian manufacturer.
Feature list includes LED lights, a colour TFT screen and ride modes.
Prices expected to start from Rs 11 lakh.
BMW Motorrad is all set to launch the BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR in India today. The roadster is likely to receive a starting price of around Rs 11 lakh while the sports tourer in adventure clothing may set you back by around Rs 12 lakh ( ex-showroom, India). The duo will be the first BS6-compliant offerings from the Bavarian brand.
The F 900 R is BMW’s way back into the middleweight naked segment after almost a decade. It replaces the F 800 R but takes its style quotient and powertrain to the next level. Out goes the alienesque design language of the F 800 R, replaced by the sleek and muscular styling inspired from the BMW Roadster concept. But the bike's design highlight has to be its slim all-LED headlight.
And then you have the F 900 XR on the other side of the coin which takes its design cues from the Concept 9Cento which was showcased in 2018. It blends sports bikes performance with the comfort of an adventure tourer. The two bikes also feature a full-colour TFT display, ride modes (Rain/Road) and an electronically-adjustable monoshock (Pro variant).
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Both bikes use a reworked version of the 853cc motor that powers the F 750 GS and F 850 GS. It's been bored out to displace 895cc with 105PS and 92Nm on tap. While that's less than rivals like the Triumph Street Triple RS and the Kawasaki Z900, it's comparable to streetfighters like the KTM 790 Duke and the Ducati Monster 821. The F900 XR, on the other hand, doesn’t have a direct rival though it comes quite close to the Ducati Multistrada 950.
In terms of equipment, both bikes use similar hardware -- a 43 upside-down fork and an electronically-adjustable monoshock. However, the units on the XR have better travel compared to the R. Both the F 900 R and XR use twin 320mm disc brakes up front and a single 265mm disc brake at the rear.