BMW is all set to launch the F 900 R and F 900 XR in the Asian market too now.. The F 900 R is a sports naked while the F 900 XR caters to the sport touring segment. While the F 900 R replaces the F 800 R overseas, the F 900 XR is an all-new motorcycle, positioned as an affordable alternative to the exciting but expensive S 1000 XR. The F 900 R will be available in standard variant while the S 900 XR will be available in standard and Pro variant.
The F 900 XR will be the second most affordable naked BMW motorcycle you can buy in Nepal once it is launched after the G 310 R. Its design is more of an evolution over its predecessor, the F 800 R. A major update is relocating the fuel tank from under the seat to a conventional layout that allows making the tail section slimmer. Its cousin, the F 900 XR, looks fantastic and its lithe and sharp bodywork makes the S 1000 XR look bulky. Like the S 1000 XR, the F 900 XR gets twin headlamps and an adjustable high-set windscreen.
Both motorcycles share features like LED headlamp and turn indicators, dynamic LED tail lamp adjustable brake and clutch levers, a 6.5-inch colour TFT instrument console with Bluetooth connectivity and a Datatool STEALTH S5, which basically is a geofencing based anti-theft device. The F 900 XR Pro variant that offers additional features such as adaptive cornering headlamps and LED DRL’s.
Powering both bikes is a 895cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor that delivers 105PS and 92Nm. The bikes get traction control and two riding modes, Road and Rain, while F 900 XR SE variants get an additional Dynamic mode. Both get a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch while a quickshifter comes standard in the F 900 XR SE variant.
The F 900 R and F 900 XR get a bridge-type frame, similarly specced 43mm upside-down forks, and preload- and rebound-adjustable monoshock. The F 900 XR’s suspension, though, offers more wheel travel. On the F 900 XR SE variant, you get an electronically adjustable semi-active rear suspension. Both motorcycles get 17-inch alloy wheels while braking is via twin 320mm discs with radial Brembo calipers and a 265mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS.
The F 900 R weighs 211kg with a 13-litre fuel tank and a seat height of 815mm. Being a tourer, the F 900 XR gets extra cladding that adds extra weight. It weighs 219kg, has a larger 15.5-litre fuel tank and a taller 825mm seat height. While the BMW F 900 R competes with other naked bikes like the KTM 790 Duke, Ducati Monster 821, Triumph Street Triple RS and Kawasaki Z900, the F 900 XR does not have any direct competitors. It does go up against the Ducati Multistrada 950 and the Kawasaki Ninja 1000.