Bold and beautiful

BMW has simply launched its new F 900 R and XR in India and the bike you might be studying about right here is the R. This bare roadster is now probably the most reasonably priced, huge BMW in India. Despite that, the F 900 R makes a long-lasting first impression as a result of it appears like it’s all set to punch you within the face. The 900’s indignant, broad-chested stance is much extra aggressive than the F 800 R it replaces — a motorcycle that by no means got here to India, however was well-known for being stunt legend Chris Pfeiffer’s weapon of selection. With its fats gasoline tank and massive aspect panels, the F 900 R appears extra like a litre-naked than the Triumph Street Triple/KTM 790 Duke rival it truly is, and this may little question attraction to many big-bike fanatics in India. Strangely, the rear part is sort of bland as compared with the remainder of the bike, apart from an interesting-looking exhaust.

Swing a leg over and you’ll recognize the affordable, 815mm seat peak, in addition to the crisp 6.5-inch TFT show, which is a part of the usual tools. This one brings in additional performance over the screens within the 750/850 GS, and it even will get an S 1000 RR-style dynamic show with a lean angle indicator. The show is managed by way of BMW’s peculiar scroll-wheel system on the left handlebar, which by no means feels immediately intuitive, however is one thing you’ll ultimately get used to.

The journey

The F 900 R’s using place is extra aggressive than I used to be anticipating. The bar is ready at a fairly sporty place, however the foot pegs are fairly excessive up. This ends in a using place that’s actually extra dedicated than on one thing like a 790 Duke. That doesn’t imply it handles just like the KTM although, and whereas the F 900 R is efficient, it feels much more like an old-school roadster. Where the KTM and even the Triumph Street Triple are deliciously gentle and nimble on their ft, the BMW is extra front-heavy and must be pushed round. The bike feels as huge and heavy because it appears, and that’s no shock as a result of it ideas the scales at 211kg.

Once you get the cling of the way it desires to be ridden, the F 900 R is sort of a little bit of enjoyable. We rode the top-spec mannequin, which isn’t coming to India, however all of its options could be bought as non-obligatory extras in our market. These options embrace two extra using modes over the usual Rain and Road, specifically, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro. Switching to Dynamic Pro corporations up the electronically adjustable rear shock (non-obligatory in India) and sharpens up the throttle response. Meanwhile, the 43mm USD fork is non-adjustable on all fashions, however the setup is balanced fairly effectively.

The first set of roads we hit had been slender, often gravelly and peppered with sudden sharp corners, with unforgiving drops only a few ft away. The F 900 R was not very gratifying right here, partly as a result of further muscle required to vary course, but additionally as a result of the ride-by-wire throttle felt a little bit abrupt, particularly when transferring from open to shut. Once we bought to the extra typical large, quick and flowing mountain roads of Spain, the bike felt a lot nicer. You may even name it enjoyable, though like with most BMWs, you’ll silently applaud its abilities, however by no means to the extent of shouting with sheer pleasure in your helmet.

The engine

On the quicker roads, the F 900’s meaty midrange was one thing to understand. Its engine is actually a bored-out model of the 853cc motor seen on the F 850 and F 750 GS fashions. Displacing 895cc, the brand new motor now makes 105hp, which is up from the 95hp within the 850 and 77hp from the detuned F 750 GS engine. Outright refinement is sort of good at regular speeds, however a gentle buzz does creep in as you strategy the highest of the rev ceiling. The up/down quickshifter is a well-known affair and it really works effectively at excessive RPMs, however feels clunky at metropolis speeds. The exhaust, in the meantime, produces fairly a deep and pleasing observe, and the sound tends to mix effectively with the look of the bike and the way in which it rides.

Keeping the F 900 R related for the youthful technology is BMW’s free-to-download Connected App. This is likely one of the greatest motorbike apps we’ve used to this point, and it helps you to analyse an enormous quantity of journey knowledge. This contains areas similar to most lean angles, most pace achieved at any specific level on the route, and even when the ABS was triggered.

Bold and beautiful

For India, BMW is providing solely the F 900 R within the Standard variant, which provides you fundamental ABS and traction management, LED lighting, two using modes and TFT show. However, if you’re keen to tick lots of packing containers, you may choice many further options, together with cruise management, the up/down quickshifter, the digital rear suspension, cornering headlamps, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro using modes and keyless ignition. Naturally, all this may have a big impression on the worth.

Bold and beautiful


Regarding the worth, with a badge like that, it’s no shock that the F 900 R shouldn’t be low cost, particularly contemplating the truth that it comes as a CBU from Berlin. At ₹9.9 lakh (ex-showroom), it’ll face robust competitors from soon-to-be-launched bikes just like the Triumph Street Triple R and BS-VI variations of the KTM 790 Duke and the Ducati Monster 821. But like we talked about to start with, that is now your most reasonably priced ticket into the unique world of huge BMWs, and that alone will probably be all that issues to some riders.

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