Alongside the announcement of the new F 900 R for 2020, BMW Motorrad have also unveiled the F 900 XR as an ‘adventure-sport’ option but at first glance it looks more sports-tourer, but with an upright adventure style riding position.
In comparison to the S 1000 XR, the F 900 XR has 60 less horsepower, 22 Nm less torque, and weighs in 9 kg lighter. The F 900 XR also boasts a lower seat height, as well as a smaller fuel tank and does without the fork adjustability of the S 1000 XR. The F 900 XR you would expect will make for a more accessible entry-point for riders at what will hopefully be a considerable cost saving compared to its fire-breathing litre class sibling.
The F 900 range introduces a new 895cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin. Its roots are from the F 850 but the F900 machine gain a capacity boost due to a 2mm bore increase to 86mm, while running the same 77 mm stroke.
Peak power is now 77 kW (105 hp), with 92 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. BMW claim that a strong 87 Nm of grunt is available from as low as 4500 rpm.
As with the S 1000 XR, the F 900 XR offers a mix of sport and touring capability, now in a mid-range package, with styling designed to pay homage to the S 1000 XR but with a lower seat height.
Seat height as standard is 825mm, while low seat height options cover 775mm and 795mm, while higher options are available up to a tall 870mm.
A steel-bridge frame is utilised alongside a bolt-on rear steel frame designed specifically for the F 900 models. A lightweight welded-plastic fuel cell has a capacity of 15.5 litres on the XR, in comparison to the new F 900 R’s 13L capacity.
The F 900 XR also features longer travel suspension, helping to offer greater comfort for a wider range of riding conditions, with 170mm stroke through the forks and 172mm at the shock.
Forks are 43mm USD units while the shock is preload and rebound adjustable. Dynamic ESA is available as an option for the rear of the machine.
Standard electronics include Riding Modes, ASC and ABS, with Rain and Road riding modes available.
The Riding Modes Pro optional package offers the addition of Dynamic and Dynamic Pro modes, alongside Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and banking ABS.
Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) is also included with Riding Modes Pro, while the new engine drag torque control (MSR) is also featured.
Standard is a large 6.5inch TFT display with BMW Motorrad Connectivity.
Other optional extras include Adaptive Cornering Lights, the BMW Keyless Ride system, and Intelligent Emergency Call. All standard lighting is also LED, with an adjustable windshield enabling fine-tuning of wind protection.
The 2020 BMW F 900 XR will be available in Light White, Galvanic Gold metallic (Style Exclusive), and Racing Red (Sport) with Australian availability and pricing yet to be released.
2020 BMW F 900 XR Specifications
|F 900 XR|
|at engine speed||8,500 rpm|
|Torque at engine speed||92 Nm /6,500 rpm|
|Type||Water-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke in-line engine, four valves per cylinder activated by cam followers, two overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication|
|Fuel||Premium unleaded 95 RON|
|Valve control||DOHC (double overhead camshaft), cam followers|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Ø intake/outlet||33.5 mm/27.2 mm|
|Ø throttle valve||48 mm|
|Emission control||Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter, exhaust standard EU-5|
|Battery||V/Ah 12/12, maintenance-free|
|Headlamp||LED headlights (low and high beam) (Headlight Pro option: LED daytime riding light and Adaptive Cornering Light)|
|Rear light||LED brake light/rear light|
|Indicators||LED turn indicators|
|Clutch||Multiplate wet clutch (anti-hopping), mechanically controlled|
|Gearbox||Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, integrated in the engine housing|
|Gear Transmission Ratios|
|Secondary drive||Endless O-ring chain with jerk damping in the rear wheel hub|
|Frame construction type||Steel bridge frame in monocoque design, load-bearing engine|
|Front wheel control||USD telescopic fork Ø 43 mm|
|Rear wheel control||Aluminium double-sided swinging arm, directly mounted central spring strut,hydraulically adjustable spring rest, adjustable rebound damping (option: Dynamic ESA)|
|Spring travel, front/rear||170/172 mm|
|Wheel castor||105.2 mm|
|Steering head angle||60.5°|
|Front Brakes||Hydraulically activated twin disc brake, floating brake discs, Ø 320 mm, 4-piston radial brake calipers|
|Rear Brakes||Hydraulically activated single disc brake, Ø 265 mm, 1-piston floating caliper|
|ABS||BMW Motorrad ABS as standard|
|Wheels||Die-cast aluminium wheels|
|Front: 3.5 x 17″|
|Rear: 5.5 x 17″|
|Tyres||Front:120/70 ZR 17|
|Front: 180/55 ZR 17|
|Dimensions & Weights|
|Total length||2,160 mm|
|Total width not including mirrors||860 mm|
|Seat height||825 mm|
|Accessory Seat||(Option Lowered suspension 775)|
|(Option Seat, low 795)|
|(Optional Accessory Seat, high 840)|
|(Optional Accessory Comfort seat 845)|
|(Optional Accessory Seat, extra high 870)|
|DIN unladen weight, road ready||219 Kg|
|Permitted total weight||438 Kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||15.5 l|
|Fuel consumption (WMTC)||4.2l/100 km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3.6s|
|Top speed||>200 km/h|