BMW F 900 XR: heated grips, a wider handlebar and a host of new features


BMW just lately launched its F 900 twins in India, and we obtained to experience them in Spain a few months in the past, simply earlier than the world descended into chaos.

Where the F 900 R is the bare roadster, the F 900 XR, which you might be studying about right here, will get a semi-faired design that’s meant to protect its rider from the weather. With a naming system following the S 1000 XR, this bike goals to supply a related using expertise — a sporty motorbike with simply the correct amount of touring skills.

Unlike the F 750 GS, the F 900 XR runs 17-inch rims at each ends and has the identical steering rake angle because the F 900 R; though, a slight fork offset has elevated the path and wheelbase a little. Now, allow us to get to how this bike feels.

The XR additionally feels noticeably smaller than some ADV bikes with the identical type of engine capability.

Nevertheless, as soon as aboard, you might be instantly greeted by an open and relaxed using place, with a large handlebar and noticeably lower-set foot pegs than the bare bike.

BMW F 900 XR specs

  • Engine 895cc, Inline-twin, water-cooled
  • Max Power 105hp at 8500rpm
  • Max Torque 92Nm at 6500rpm
  • Gearbox 6-speed
  • Front Suspension 43mm USD fork
  • Front Suspension Travel (mm) 170mm
  • Rear Suspension Monoshock
  • Rear Suspension Travel (mm) 172mm
  • Front Tyre 120/70 ZR17
  • Rear Tyre 180/55 ZR17

Do not let that idiot you into considering this bike is a compromise within the corners. If something, the XR is simpler to experience quick, due to the additional leverage from the large handlebar. Aside from the truth that the foot pegs kiss the tarmac a little simpler, you’ll cowl floor on the XR as quick as on the bare bike, however in way more consolation. The additional suspension journey may be very nicely managed, and you solely actually discover it underneath very laborious braking. While the entrance fork is non-adjustable, our take a look at bikes have been fitted with the elective electronically adjustable rear suspension, in addition to the elective professional using modes that allow you to agency up the shock when you like.

With the temperature hovering at a chilly 10 C, the XR’s windscreen, hand guards and heated grips have been instantly the best features ever fitted to a motorbike. The two-step adjustable windscreen doesn’t block out each bit of the breeze, which must be good in hotter climates. The XR additionally will get a extra snug and supportive seat than the R, and that helps over lengthy durations. The 15.5-litre gasoline tank holds 2.5 litres greater than the R, and this may assist its touring aspirations as nicely.

Displacing 895cc, the new motor now makes 105hp, which is up from the 95 horsepower within the 850 and 77hp from the detuned F 750 GS engine. Performance is robust, with a meaty midrange that takes priority over a top-end rush. Refinement ranges are good, however a delicate buzz begins to seem at excessive RPMs. The exhaust produces a deep and pleasing notice, which is one thing to anticipate from these new-age parallel-twin engines and their uneven firing orders.

Like the F 900 R, this bike will get a customary 6.5-inch TFT show that’s appropriate with BMW’s free-to-download Connected App which helps you to analyse a enormous quantity of experience knowledge.

BMW has launched the F 900 XR at ₹10.5 lakh for the Standard Variant and ₹11.5 lakh for the Pro variant (each costs, ex-showroom, India). The customary bike comes with primary ABS and traction management, LED lighting and two using modes. For the additional ₹1 lakh, the Pro variant brings in cruise management, a bi-directional quickshifter and the electronically adjustable rear shock.

At this worth, the BMW F 900 XR is sort of distinctive for our market. It comes as no shock the pricing is premium, however the F 900 XR guarantees to be the best motorbike for somebody who desires a enjoyable, snug touring machine, however doesn’t need to go down the ADV route.

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