BMW F 900 R & F 900 XR
BMW F 900 R & F 900 XRJoerg Kuenstle

BMW F 900 XR and F 900 R launched in India

The F900 R is priced at Rs 9.9 lakh while prices for the F 900 XR start at Rs 10.5 lakh

BMW Motorrad has launched the F 900 duo in India at a very aggressive price. The naked - F 900 R is priced at Rs 9.9 lakh and goes up against the likes of Ducati Monster 821, Triumph Street Triple R (soon-to-be-launched), KTM 790 Duke, Kawasaki Z900 and Yamaha MT-09. The F 900 XR has been launched in two variants - standard and Pro. The standard variant is priced at Rs 10.5 lakh while the Pro variant is priced at Rs 11.5 lakh. The Pro variant gets you a quickshifter, electronic rear suspension and cruise control as standard. The F 900 XR goes up against the likes of Ducati Multistrada 950, Honda Africa Twin and Kawasaki Versys 1000.

Both the midweights share the new, bored out version of the F 850 GS/F 750 GS’ motor. However, the geometry is different on both the bikes (hence the rider’s triangle) and so is the suspension.

The F 900 R and the F 900 XR share the parallel-twin 895cc motor, producing 103bhp at 8,750rpm and 92Nm at 6,500rpm. BMW claims that 87Nm is available between 4,500rpm to 8,500rpm. These Bimmers also get two opposed counterbalance shafts to minimise vibrations and improve handling.

Both the bikes are loaded with electronics, featuring two riding modes—Rain and Road as standard along with ABS and stability control. BMW also offers IMU-based traction control, braking control, switchable ABS, engine drag torque control as option.

These bikes feature some unique elements as well like the plastic-welded fuel tanks, which will be seen for the first time on any motorcycle and adaptive cornering lights which again is a first in the segment. The bikes get a 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW motorcycle connectivity as standard. The cluster is already seen on the latest-gen BMWs including the S 1000 RR and R 1250 GS. You also get keyless riding and Bluetooth connectivity as an option.

Both the bikes have been brought to India as CBUs and considering the pricing, they have been specced very competitively.

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