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2020 vision: Bikes you most want to ride

There is a host of exciting motorcycles being released in 2020 that have caught the attention of our more than 300,000 readers a month.

We have gone over the reader statistics for our motorcycle stories, assessing multiple entries about particular bikes and also considered your comments.

The statistical analysis arrives at what we think are the bikes you would most like to ride in 2020.

We apologise if this list does not reflect your particular interest. It certainly doesn’t reflect my choice!

After all, it’s just a statistical analysis and a bit of fun for your New Year reading.

2020 vision

So here are the top five bikes possibly coming in 2020 … according to you!

1 BMW R 18 cruiser

BMW Concept R8 cruiser r 18 heritage
First R 18 concept

BMW said it would never build another cruiser after the R 1200 C. A few years ago they altered their tune, saying “never say never”.

Now they are building one!

BMW R 18/2 cruiser
BMW R 18 second concept model

We are still unsure what the R 18 will look like, although there have been some concepts and spy photos.

2020 BMW R 18 \
BMW R 18 spy photo

Even so, it hasn’t stopped BMW from launching a dedicated order site and even taking deposits from excited fans. 

2 Indian Challenger

Indian Challenger
Challenger Limited

Our spy photos of the Indian Challenger rated very highly, but the actual images of the production version not as much.

2020 liquid Indian Challenger spy bagger
Spy photo of a 2020 Indian Challenger

We’re not sure if that means you are not happy with how they look, but you certainly are interested in this challenger to Harley’s bagger dominance.  

3 Harley Bronx Streetfighter

Harley-Davidson Revolution Max platform Bronx Streetfighter
Harley-Davidson Revolution Max platform Bronx Streetfighter

Speaking of which, Harley-Davidson will release an abundance of unusual products in 2020, including the Bronx Streetfighter range, electric bicycles and motorcycles, and their first big-bore adventure bike, the Pan America.

While our articles on all these bikes scored highly with our readers, the macho Streetfighter won this title bout. 

4 Savic electric motorcycle

2019 Savic electric motorcycle prototype orders
Denis Savic with his Aussie electric motorcycle

While opinions about the coming wave of electric motorcycles continue to divide the Motorbike Writer community, there was a lot of interest in the first Aussie full-sized electric road motorcycle from Savic.

We wish founder Denis Savic the best of luck with his motorcycle and are looking forward to the promised test ride. Stay tuned!

5 Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki Hayabusa 1440cc
Hayabusa engine patent filing

The Suzuki Hayabusa no longer meets stringent Euro5 conditions that kick in from 1 January 2020.

And we don’t exactly know what Suzuki will do to replace it or even if they will!

However, our articles about patent filings for an updated Hayabusa have sparked a lot of interest, especially the possibility it could be powered by a 1440cc engine. 

Other 2020 contenders

Ducati EICMA Streetfighter V4 vote
Ducati Streetfighter V4 wins most beautiful bike at EICMA

It’s difficult to set out the other contenders, but there has been a lot of interest shown in the Ducati Streetfighter V4 and the MV Agusta Superveloce 800.

MV Agusta Superveloce Serie Oro model design
MV Agusta Superveloce Serie Oro

They also rated highly in your votes for the most beautiful bikes of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

As for current bikes, our tests of two very different motorcycles were highly rated: The CFMoto 650NK learner and the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special tourer. 

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Triumph scrambles into new Bond film

Triumph has paid an undisclosed sum to feature in the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, but a Ducati Scrambler has stolen some limelight.

The price for product placement in a movie is up to about $A500,000, but for a Bond film it can be a whole lot more.

In fact, Heineken is believed to have paid $A65 Million to get Bond character Daniel Craig to sip their beer instead of a martini in the 2015 film, Spectre.

So we have no idea how much Triumph has paid, although boss John Bloor did confirm the partnership with the producers for No Time To Die, being released in April 2020.

The result is 007 riding a modified Scrambler 1200 in one chase scene.

Bond film No Time to Die
Craig’s stunt double on the Triumph Scrambler 1200

So why is a baddy riding an 803cc Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled in the same chase scene?

Bond film No Time to Die
Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Bond film espionage?

Has Ducati snuck in some free screen time in an apt case of Bond film espionage or did they pay, too?

Or is this a deliberate effort by Triumph to make their scrambler competitor look bad by being associated with buddies while their Scrambler is associated with the hero?

Bond movies are usually associated with exotic cars, but motorcycles have also featured over the years.

Most have been BMW vehicles, although there was a run of Ford-owned cars for a while, including Aston Martin.

Bond film No Time to Die
Good to see Bond back in an Aston Martin DB5 for No Time To Die (with a Ducati in pursuit)

Remember the BMW R 1200 C cruiser in the Vietnam chase scene in the Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies?

Bond film
Bond slides a BMW cruiser

BMW has also dominated the Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne movie franchises.

Ducati is also not shy about product placement with the Venom and CHiPs movies.

And, of course, Triumph has probably the most memorable motorcycle scene from any movie.

Their TR6 was used as a Nazi BMW in the chase scene in 1963 film, The Great Escape.

Former TT racer and larrikin daredevil Guy Mart in plans to replicate that jump on a Triumph Scrambler 1200 this Sunday (8 December 2019).

Guy Martin practises Great Escape jump
Guy practises for his jump attempt

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW set to further display customising options for coming cruiser line-up

BMW Motorrad are heading to the Custombike-Show held in the East Westphalian town of Bad Salzuflen in Germany, with the Concept R 18 /2 and R5 Homage in tow, with a thousand custom machines from 300 firms expected to be on display.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

For the seventh time, BMW Motorrad is highlighting the customizing potential of its models in cooperation with selected customiser garages. With a total of 11 models, the entire customising range will be on show at the stand of BMW Motorrad extending over an area of approx. 180 square metres – from the individually customised series production bike to true custom bike treasures requiring a great deal of craft skills.

The highlight is the new BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2, which, following its digital presentation at the EICMA, can now be experienced exclusively at close range. With the modern custom cruiser, BMW Motorrad adds a new facet to its heritage concept.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

At the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este on Lake Como the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 celebrated its much acclaimed world premiere. Now BMW Motorrad is showing the second sensational Concept Bike based on the Big Boxer at the Custombike-Show.

The BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 is the stylistic counterpart to the Concept R 18: a modern, dynamic custom cruiser with a somewhat rougher performance appeal.

The show also features the BMW Motorrad R 5 Homage, which represents the history of the brand. Other accents are provided by selected “SoulFuel Bikes”, converted bikes by renowned customisers based on current as well as earlier BMW motorcycles.

BMW Motorrad Concept R Big Boxer
BMW Concept R18 ‘Big Boxer’

The Maximator based on the BMW R 1200 C is another highlight. The custom bike was built with meticulous manual care by the BMW Motorrad development engineer Ulf Musekamp, who was also involved in the realisation of the BMW R nineT family.

BMW Motorrad Concept R Big Boxer
BMW Concept R18 ‘Big Boxer’

The Type 18 models from customiser Auto Fabrica, Achilles von Kraftstoffschmiede, the winner of the Factory Class Sultans of Sprint and other exciting R nineT derivatives round off the portfolio at the BMW Motorrad stand.

In addition, the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 is exclusively showcased on the presentation area of the Custombike-Show at the following times: 6 December at 4.30pm, 7 December at 12.09pm as well as 8 December at 11.30am.

All this and a great deal more awaits visitors from 6 to 8 December 2019 at the Custombike-Show in the Bad Salzuflen trade fair centre. Opening hours are: Friday from 12pm – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Source: MCNews.com.au

BMW Big Boxer | Nuts & bolts of the new retro BMW powerplant

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

BMW has let some detail out of the bag about the new generation Big Boxer that will power a new cruiser range scheduled to debut in 2020 from BMW Motorrad.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

A combination of art deco design cues fuelled by nostalgia and history have driven the desing of the new 1802 cc is a beautiful showpiece that delivers 158 Nm of torque and 91 horsepower. Those numbers are pretty much line-ball with Harley-Davidson’s 114 cube Milwaukee Eight.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

With its OHV valve drive along with a separate engine and transmission housing, the new “Big Boxer” has the same structural features that distinguished the very first BMW Motorrad boxer engine, which at that time had laterally controlled valves.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

The highest-capacity twin-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle series production is a 1802 cc engine, resulting from a 107.1 mm bore and 100 mm stroke. The engine output is 67 kW (91 hp) at 4750 rpm. The maximum torque of 158 Nm is already available at 3 000 rpm. More than 150 Nm is now available from 2000 to 4000 rpm.  The maximum engine speed is 5750 rpm, while the idling speed is 950 rpm.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

The new “Big Boxer” is air/oil cooled, has large ribbed cylinders and cylinder heads and weighs 110.8 kg including gearbox and intake system. It has a vertically split aluminium engine housing.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

Unlike the classic air-cooled 2-valve boxer engines made by BMW Motorrad, however, the “Big Boxer” crankshaft, forged from quenched and tempered steel, has an additional main bearing at the centre, which was necessary due to the enormous cylinder volume in order to prevent undesirable bending vibrations of the crankshaft.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

Like the crankshaft, the two connecting rods with I-shaft are mounted on plain bearings and are likewise forged from quenched and tempered steel. They accommodate cast aluminium pistons with two compression rings and an oil wiper ring. The running surface of the light metal cylinders is coated with NiCaSil.

Lubricating and cooling oil is supplied by a wet sump lubrication system with a two-stage oil pump via sleeve-type chain driven by the crankshaft.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

Although the new “Big Boxer” has four valves, dual ignition, a modern combustion chamber architecture, intake manifold injection and the BMS-O engine management system for the best possible torque as well as optimum consumption and emissions, it uses the classic OHV configuration for its valve drive – as was the practice pursued by BMW Motorrad over a period of some 70 years.

When developing the valve drive for the “Big Boxer”, BMW Motorrad engineers were inspired by a very special engine design in the history of BMW Motorrad – in keeping with the Heritage concept: the 2-cylinder boxer engine of the R 5/R 51 (1936 – 1941) and R 51/2 (1950 – 1951), the latter having been the first BMW motorcycle with a boxer engine after the Second World War. In contrast to other OHV designs by BMW Motorrad, this engine – highly valued by connoisseurs – has two camshafts driven by the crankshaft via a sleeve-type chain.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer technical information and images

As in the historical role model, the two camshafts are also positioned to the left and right above the crankshaft in the “Big Boxer”. The advantage of this “twin camshaft boxer” is the shorter pushrods. This also makes for reduced moving masses, minimised deflections and lower linear expansions. A generally stiffer valve drive with improved control precision and higher speed stability is the consequence of this more elaborate construction.

In the traditional BMW Motorrad boxer design, the two pushrods actuate one pushrod per cylinder side for the intake and one for the exhaust side, guided in a sealed pushrod tube on the top of the cylinders. The two intake and exhaust valves in the cylinder head are actuated in pairs via fork toggle levers.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

In contrast to today’s widespread engine technology, valve clearance compensation is not effected by means of hydraulic elements, but – as was the case in most classic air-cooled BMW two-valve boxers for decades – via one adjusting screw with one lock nut for each valve. As was formerly the case in the classic 2-valve boxers, valve clearance adjustment (0.2 – 0.3 mm) in the R18 “Big Boxer” is also achieved very quickly. The valves are made of steel, with a disc diameter of 41.2 mm on the inlet side and 35 mm on the outlet side. The valve angle is 21 degrees on the inlet side and 24 degrees on the outlet side.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

As in most BMW Motorrad boxer engines for decades (with the exception of vertical-flow, air/water-cooled boxers since 2012), a single-disc dry clutch transmits the torque generated by the engine to the transmission. For the first time it is designed as a self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, thereby eliminating unwanted stamping of the rear wheel caused by engine drag torque in the event of hard downshifting.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

The constant mesh 6-speed transmission is located in a dual-section aluminium housing and is designed as a 4-shaft transmission with helical gear pairs. The gearbox input shaft with lug dampers drives the two gearbox shafts with the gear wheel pairs. An output shaft is provided to bridge the distance and reverse the direction of rotation. A reverse gear is available as an optional extra. This is driven by an intermediate gear and an electric motor and can be shifted manually.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

As in all BMW motorcycles with boxer engines, torque is transmitted from the gearbox to the rear wheel in the R 18 via a propeller-shaft or universal-shaft drive with universal joint, shaft and rear-axle drive with bevel and ring gear.

BMW Big Boxer Engine
BMW Big Boxer

The propeller shaft and universal joint are examples of fascinating classic motorcycle technology since they are nickel-plated and open, as was commonly the case in BMW Motorrad models up to and including model year 1955. A so-called tripoid joint is applied on the gearbox side for the purpose of length compensation.

BMW Motorrad Concept R Big Boxer
BMW Concept R18 ‘Big Boxer’

Source: MCNews.com.au

Suzuki still serious about turbocharging

We have been reporting on Suzuki’s turbocharging plans ever since they unveiled their Recursion concept in 2013.

Suzuki Recursion - Katana turbo blown turbocharging
Suzuki Recursion

Over the years there have been rumours about mid-capacity turbo sports bikes of 500-700cc capacity and even a turbo version of their Hayabusa or new Katana.

Each year they have hinted at turbocharging and we fly expected to see one at this year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan were they had said they would release several new mnkdles.

Instead, we got an updated DR Big V-Strom!

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Dr Big
Updated DR Big Strom!

Serious about turbocharging

But Suzuki is still serious about turbocharging tech.

British insurance broker website Bennetts says it will be a a GSX 700 Turbo and have released new patent drawings that seem to support that theory.

It shows the turbo located closer to the cylinder heads which makes the engine more compact and reduces turbo “lag”.

The drawings show a tubular frame, compact low exhaust and twin radiators.

Will it be revealed in 2020? Who knows! We’ve almost given up predicting the launch of their forced-induction model.

Meanwhile, Kawasaki is forging ahead with their supercharged models. They now have four models – H2, H2R, H2 SX and the Z H2.

Kawasaki Z H2 - Bimota
Kawasaki Z H2

They’ve also bought Bimota and are powering their new Tesi with a H2 supercharged engine.

turbocharging
Bimota Tesi H2

Even BMW is considering forced induction for their M bikes.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Vote for the most beautiful bike of EICMA

Surprise, surprise, the Italians have once again cast their vote for an Italian motorcycle as the most beautiful at last week’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 took out the award voted by visitors to the show, making it five wins in the past seven years, or 10 in 14 years.

Fellow Italian company MV Agusta spoilt the run last year when the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro took out the popular-vote title.

Ducati’s big victory run started in 2013 with the Monster 1200 S, followed by the Scrambler, Diavel and SuperSport. In 2012, it was the MV Agusta Rivale 800.

You get the picture!

Italian bikes win at an Italian show even though it is the biggest motorcycle show in the world and every manufacturer is represented.

Similarly, BMW usually wins the title at the biennial Intermot show in Cologne.

Now it’s your turn to vote.

Cast your vote below for the most beautiful bike of the EICMA show.

We have included production and concept bikes and listed them in alphabetic order.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW unveil new R 18 /2 concept cruiser at EICMA

BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2


Many had expected BMW to unveil new production ready cruisers at EICMA this week but it seems Motorrad are keeping their powder dry and competitors guessing for now. Leaving us longer to wait before they publicly unveil the first production ready models that will roll out from Munich next year.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

What they have shown in Milan this week though are two ‘concept’ machines. The R 18 had already been seen at the Villa d’Este on Lake Como earlier in the year but this week it was joined by the even more strangely named R 18 / 2 which had its public debut at EICMA.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

Generally if BMW brings ‘Concept’ bikes to a major show you can almost guarantee that 6-18 months later they will announce a production model almost identical to the publicly shown concepts. And I think we can expect new models along these lines to be added to the BMW inventory in due course. 

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

The Concept R 18 /2  “Slash Two” is a stark contrast to the previous R 18 heritage concept, with a more modern custom cruiser design and built around the instantly recognisable egg-like 1800 cc two-cylinder ‘Big Boxer’ engine.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

In contrast the R 18 offered a traditionalist design, with iconic historic BMW styling for a very retro overall theme.

BMW Motorrad Concept R Big Boxer
BMW Concept R18 ‘Big Boxer’

The R 18 /2 offers another look at how the Big Boxer can be realised, with minimalist handlebar trim, flowing lines and a tear-drop fuel tank. Candy Apple Red is a custom favourite and used to great effect in the R 18 / 2/

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

The 1800 cc boxer-twin is a modern air/oil-cooled powerplant built to a 1960’s aesthetic, with the R 18 /2 following in the footsteps of ‘Departed’ by Custom Works Zon and ‘The Revival Birdcage’ by Revival Cycles in Texas, now offering the fourth interpretation.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

The R 18 /2 features a loop-frame dominated by the Big Boxer, while contrast cut cast-iron wheels are sized to a 19-inch front and 16-inch rear to add a touch of dragster to the look. 

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

Also notable is the well displayed shaft final drive. Large disc brakes adorn both ends,  a dual rotor set-up on the front complete with Brembo four-piston calipers.

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

A Hattech stainless steel tail-pipe system is also featured, with the two into two system running a conical exhaust on either side of the bike. 

BMW Motorrad Big Boxer Cruiser Concept R
BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2

BMW Cruiser Concept R 18 /2 Images

Source: MCNews.com.au

2020 BMW F 900 R | 105 hp | 92 Nm | 895cc

BMW Motorrad have announced a new F 900 R nakedbike for 2020 at EICMA alongside a new F 900 XR ‘adventure-sport’ option that widens their street-bike portfolio yet further.

BMW F R
2020 BMW F 900 R announced at EICMA

The F 900 R replaces the F 800 R and puts to rest rumours of an F 850 R which had been circulating. In the F 900 R we get a new 895 cc in-line twin-cylinder engine based on the F 850 powerplant, now producing 77 kW (105 hp) and 92 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. BMW state that 87 Nm is already available from 4500 rpm.

BMW F R
The 2020 BMW F 900 R boasts a 895cc in-line two-cylinder

The standard electronics package offers Rain and Road riding modes as standard, controlling the ASC and ABS systems.

BMW F R
2020 BMW F 900 R

‘Riding Modes Pro’ option offers further rider aids with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), ABS Pro (corner ABS), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) and MSR – the new engine torque control system which prevents rear wheel slip during abrupt down-shifting or throttle closure.

BMW F R
Standard fitment is a 6.5inch TFT display with two riding modes, ASC and ABS

The F 900 R is designed to offer a sporty, active and upright seating position, with low and high seat options available. Standard seat height is 815mm but low seats down to 770 mm, and high-seat options up to 865 will also be available.

BMW F R
Standard seat height on the F 900 R is 815mm with two lower and two higher options

BMW F R chassis
A new steel sub-frame was developed to keep the rear compact

A steel bridge frame uses the engine as a load-bearing element while the fuel tank is traditionally located. The fuel cell is a plastic-welded construction and offers a relatively limited 13-litre capacity. A new bolt-on steel rear frame is also featured.

BMW F R
A plastic welded fuel tank offers 13L capacity and keeps weight down

BMW are promising a fuel economy of 4.2L per 100 km so a range of 300km should be possible.

BMW F R
A 300km range on the 2020 F 900 R should be plentiful

Forks are 43mm USD items, while the rear shock offers pre-load and rebound adjustability and acts on an aluminium double-sided swingarm.

BMW F R
43mm forks are fitted, with the option for Dynamic ESA on the rear shock

Suspension travel is 135mm front and 142mm rear, with the option of Dynamic ESA available as an ex-works option for electronic suspension control at the rear.

BMW F R
Brembo provides stoppers on both ends with ABS as standard on the F 900 R

The 2020 F 900 R is also fitted with dual 320mm front rotors and Brembo radial four-piston calipers. A 265mm rear rotor and single-piston floating caliper looks after the rear. Wheels are die-cast aluminium items running 120/70 – 17 and 180/55 – 17 tyres.

BMW F R
A top notch 6.5 inch display comes with BMW Motorrad connectivity as standard, although to get the full electronics package Riding Modes Pro is required

A 6.5-inch TFT display includes the BMW Motorrad Connectivity system as standard, with LED lighting all round also standard, but able to be upgraded to Adaptive Cornering Light with the optional Headlight Pro extra.

BMW F R
Lighting is all LED, with cornering lights available as an extra

The new F 900 R will be available in Blackstorm metallic, San Marino Blue metallic and Hockenheim Silver metallic/Racing Red colour options.

BMW F R
2020 BMW F 900 R – Blackstorm metallic

Total weight comes in at 211kg ready to ride, with Australian pricing and availability yet to be announced.

BMW F R
2020 BMW F 900 R – Hockenheim Silver metallic/Racing Red

2020 BMW F 900 R Specifications

F 900 R
Engine
Capacity 895 cc
Bore/stroke 86/77 mm
Output 77/105  kW/hp
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
Compression 13.1/1
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
Engine control BMS-M
Emission control Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter, exhaust standard EU-5
Electrical System
Alternator 416 W
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
Starter 0.9 kW
Power Transmission
Clutch Multiplate wet clutch (anti-hopping), mechanically controlled
Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, integrated in the engine housing
Primary ratio 1.821
Gear Transmission Ratios
I 2.833
II 2.067
III. 1.6
IV. 1.308
V 1.103
VI. 0.968
Secondary drive Endless O-ring chain with jerk damping in the rear wheel hub
Secondary ratio 2.588
Suspension
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 135/142 mm
Wheel castor 114.3 mm
Wheelbase 1,518 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 2,140 mm
Total width not including mirrors 815 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Accessory Seat (Option Lowered suspension 770)
(Option Seat, low 790)
(Optional Accessory Seat, high 835)
(Optional Accessory Comfort seat 840)
(Option Seat, extra high 865)
DIN unladen weight, road ready 211 Kg
Permitted total weight 430 kg
Fuel tank capacity 13 l
Performance Figures
Fuel consumption (WMTC) 4.2l/100 km
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.7s
Top speed >200 km/h

Source: MCNews.com.au

2020 BMW F 900 XR | Mid-capacity adventure-sports


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. 

BMW F XR
2020 BMW F 900 XR

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. 

BMW F XR
2020 BMW F 900 XR

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.

BMW F XR
The new 2020 BMW F 900 XR boasts 105hp and 92Nm of torque

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. 

BMW F XR
2020 BMW F 900 XR

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.

BMW F XR
2020 BMW F 900 XR – Hard luggage accessory options, colour matched

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.

BMW F XR
Th F 900 XR and F 900 R share the same frame, subframe and swingarm

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.

BMW F XR
Dynamic ESA is available as an option for the rear suspension

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.

BMW F XR
The 2020 BMW F 900 XR also features longer travel suspension at 170/172mm front/rear

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.

BMW F XR
A 6.5inch display is standard fitment with BMW Motorrad Connectivity

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.

BMW F XR
Hand guards are standard fitment

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.

BMW F XR
Lighting is all LED with cornering lights available as an optional extra

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.

BMW F XR
2020 BMW F 900 XR – Light White
BMW F XR
2020 BMW F 900 XR – Racing Red
BMW F XR
2020 BMW F 900 XR – Galvanic Gold metallic

2020 BMW F 900 XR Specifications

F 900 XR
Engine
Capacity 895 cc
Bore/stroke 86/77 mm
Output 77/105  kW/hp
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
Compression 13.1/1
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
Engine control BMS-M
Emission control Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter, exhaust standard EU-5
Electrical System
Alternator 416 W
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
Starter 0.9 kW
Power Transmission
Clutch Multiplate wet clutch (anti-hopping), mechanically controlled
Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, integrated in the engine housing
Primary ratio 1.821
Gear Transmission Ratios
I 2.833
II 2.067
III. 1.6
IV. 1.308
V 1.103
VI. 0.968
Secondary drive Endless O-ring chain with jerk damping in the rear wheel hub
Secondary ratio 2.588
Suspension
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
Wheelbase 1,521 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
Performance Figures
Fuel consumption (WMTC) 4.2l/100 km
Acceleration 0-100 km/h  3.6s
Top speed >200 km/h

Source: MCNews.com.au

BMW release new F 900 R and XR

BMW Motorrad has revealed a surprise with the launch of the new “Dynamic Roadster” F 900 R and F 900 XR with more capacity and tech.

Most punters had been expecting an F 850 RS, but BMW has turned up the wick with these adventure sport models.

Here is the full official BMW press release on the new models.

BMW F 900 R Dynamic Roadster

BMW F 900 R and RX
BMW F 900 R

Self-confident, sporty, active, focused on a dynamic experience – this is how fans of the BMW F 900 R could be described. The new dynamic roadster by BMW Motorrad conveys a sense of freedom and a modern lifestyle.

At the emotional level, sports-style and aggressive design meets inspiring performance in terms of engine output, torque and sound.

In addition, there are aspects such as a wide range of potential uses, a high level of suitability for everyday riding and ergonomics that make the F 900 R of equal interest to experienced sports riders and newcomers.

BMW F 900 XR

BMW F 900 R and RX
BMW F 900 RX

“XR” stands for an uncompromising mix of sportiness and touring capability. Having established this family with the BMW S 1000 XR, BMW Motorrad is now expanding it with the addition of a mid-range model. The design style and vehicle concept clear refer to the kinship with the “big sister”.

The F 900 XR also demonstrates easy mastery of the Adventure Sport segment’s key qualities: sporty riding dynamics combined with upright, GS‑like ergonomics, outstanding long-distance and passenger suitability and a design that conveys a powerful sense of character.

The new F 900 XR also benefits from the technology transfer from the upper class: Adaptive Cornering Light, Keyless Ride or Intelligent Emergency Call are all unique features in the mid-range.

In addition to sporty riders, the XR is also aimed at newcomers and motorcycle returnees due to its easy accessibility, low minimum seat height, A2 capability and attractive entry price.

Technology benchmark in the segment.

The two new models F 900 R and F 900 XR currently set the technological benchmark in the mid-range segment with their high-quality standard equipment (Connectivity, LED all round as standard) and their wide range of optional extras – in some cases unique in this class (including Adaptive Cornering Light, Keyless Ride, Dynamic ESA, Riding Modes Pro, Shift Assistant Pro, Intelligent Emergency Call, ABS Pro, MSR, DTC, DBC, RDC).

Drive featuring further developed 2-cylinder in-line engine with increased capacity and power along with new engine drag torque control.

In the new F 900 R and F 900 XR, enhanced riding dynamics are ensured by the further development of the 2-cylinder in-line engine first introduced in 2018 in the F 850 GS, now with 77 kW (105 hp) and an even fuller torque curve. The main factor here is an increase in capacity to 895 cc (previously 853 cc). With an ignition distance of 270/450 degrees and a new underfloor silencer system, the engine offers a particularly emotional sound.

In addition to the standard anti-hopping clutch, the new F 900 R and F 900 XR can be fitted with engine drag torque control (MSR) for the first time. It prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting, thereby ensuring even greater safety.BMW F 900 R and RX

Two standard riding modes, ASC and ABS.
Riding modes Pro with DTC, ABS Pro, DBC and MSR as ex works options.

The new F 900 R and F 900 XR already offer the “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard. The standard trim also includes ABS and ASC Automatic Stability Control, which is disengageable.

With “Riding Modes Pro” as an ex works option, the sporty characteristics of the new F 900 R and F 900 XR can be experienced even more intensively. The additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”, Dynamic Traction Control DTC and banking capable ABS Pro are available, along with Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and the new engine drag torque control (MSR).BMW F 900 R and RX

Chassis with steel bridge frame, lightweight plastic tanks and the electronic suspension Dynamic ESA as optional extras.

Like the GS models in the F Series, the new F 900 R and F 900 XR make use of a steel bridge frame that integrates the engine as a load-bearing element and a fuel tank that is now back in its classic position in front of the

rider. Front wheel control is taken care of by an upside-down telescopic fork, while the rear wheel is guided by a double-sided swinging arm with central suspension strut.

The light, plastic-welded fuel tanks with a capacity of 15.5 litres (F 900 XR) and 13 litres (F 900 R) are a world first in motorcycle construction. The bolt-on steel rear frame has also been newly developed for the F 900 R and
F 900 XR in order to create a visually short and slim rear. While the new F 900 R is a dynamic roadster focusing on sporty use and therefore shorter spring travel, the new F 900 XR – with its somewhat longer spring travel – offers a noticeable increase in comfort and therefore an even wider range of potential uses.

With the BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), available as an optional extra and almost unique in these vehicle segments, it is possible to further enhance the dynamic riding experience, riding comfort and also touring and passenger suitability, since the damping of the rear spring strut is automatically adapted to the conditions depending on riding state and manoeuvres.BMW F 900 R and RX

Adaptive Cornering Light unique in the mid-range segment as part of the optional extra Headlight Pro. Powerful LED lighting units all round as standard.
Even greater safety is offered by the Adaptive Cornering Light as a component of Headlight Pro, which is unique in the mid-range and comes as an optional extra ex works. Here, the rider benefits from improved illumination of the road when cornering for even safer riding at night. All lighting units in the new F models are based on LED technology as standard.BMW F 900 R and RX

Perfectly readable colour 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW Motorrad  Connectivity as standard.
The BMW Motorrad developers attached great importance to optimum readability for the instrument cluster – even in difficult lighting conditions. In addition, information diversity, display quality and user-friendliness are unmatched. The graphics on the screen are visually adapted to the sporty on-road world. Additional Core screens are available in conjunction with the optional Pro riding modes. The standard BMW Motorrad Connectivity is a unique feature in the mid-range, offering the ability to conveniently talk on the phone, listen to music or navigate while riding.

Perfectly designed ergonomic triangles for dynamic riding fun and – in the case of the F 900 XR – excellent segment-specific wind and weather protection for touring and travelling.

As a dynamic roadster, the F 900 R offers a particularly sporty, active seating position.

Meanwhile the F 900 XR offers an impressively active yet relaxed riding position for touring and travelling. The front fairing including an adjustable windshield combines a sporty look with sound rider protection.

Various low and high seats along with the optional lowering feature also allow individual adjustment to various body heights.

Three powerful colour and style variants each for an unmistakable sense of character.BMW F 900 R and RX

Three dynamic colour and style variants for the new F 900 R and F 900 XR ensure unmistakable characteristics.

The new F 900 R is available in Blackstorm metallic, San Marino Blue metallic and Style Sport in Hockenheim Silver metallic/Racing Red.

In addition to Light White, the new F 900 XR offers the two Style variants Style Exclusive in Galvanic Gold metallic and Sport in Racing Red.BMW F 900 R and RX

The highlights of the new BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR:

• The new BMW F 900 R: the dynamic roadster for purist riding fun.

• The new BMW F 900 XR: a genuine “XR” for the mid-range.

• The powerful common backbone integrates the further developed
2-cylinder in-line engine with an increased capacity of 895 cc
(previously 853 cc).

• Further enhanced output and torque: 77kW (105 hp) at 8750rpm and 92Nm at 6500rpm.

• More than 87Nm torque in the relevant lower speed range from 4500 to 8500rpm.

• 35kW (48 hp) version available for licence class A2.

• High level of running smoothness due to two opposed counterbalance shafts.

• Two riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as well as ABS and ASC as standard.

• Riding Modes Pro with two further riding modes as well as Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), ABS Pro, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and engine drag torque control (MSR) as ex works options.

• Steel bridge frame for optimum rigidity, robustness and riding precision.BMW F 900 R and RX

• Newly developed slim steel rear frame.

• World first in motorcycle construction: light, plastic-welded fuel tanks with a capacity of 13 litres (F 900 R) and 15.5 litres (F 900 XR).

• Front upside-down telescopic fork and aluminium double-sided swinging arm with rear central suspension strut.

• Spring travel: 135 mm (F 900 R) and 170 mm (F 900 XR) at front, 142 mm (F 900 R) and 172 mm (F 900 XR) at rear.

• Electronic suspension adjustment Dynamic ESA at rear as an ex works option.

• ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking at an angle as an ex works option.

• Sophisticated ergonomics and numerous seat alternatives.

• Fairing with practical wind and weather protection and adjustable windshield (F 900 XR).

• Adaptive Cornering Light unique in the mid-range as part of the ex works option Headlight Pro.

• Perfectly readable colour 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW motorcycle connectivity as standard.
• Powerful LED lighting units all round as standard.

• Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option for swift assistance in emergency situations.

• Keyless Ride for convenient activation of the locking functions by remote control as an ex works option.

• F 900 R in dynamic roadster design with muscular front section, aggressive headlight graphics and short, slim rear section.

• F 900 XR in Adventure Sport look with striking contours and sporty, dynamic fairing.

• High-quality workmanship down to the last detail.

• Three powerful colour and style variants each for unmistakable roadster and adventure sport characters.

• Extensive range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories as well as rider equipment.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com