The BMW F900R is a middle-weight naked streetbike which replaces the F800R in the German bike maker’s portfolio. Over its predecessor, the motorcycle is a majorly updated product in terms of styling, displacement, performance, electronics and hardware.
Just like in every other aspect, the F900R is different than the F800R on the cosmetic front by leaps and bounds. It sports a low-slung compact LED headlamp crowned by a tiny visor. The chiseled fuel tank is joined by geometric extensions which also double up as radiator cowl. Sitting on the stubby tail section is a single piece seat which, along with a flat handlebar and slightly rear-set footpegs, is focused on providing a comfortable yet marginally aggressive ergonomics.
The streetbike is propelled by an 895cc, parallel-twin motor which produces around 99bhp at 8,500rpm and 90.8Nm at 6,500rpm. The power is delivered in two modes including rain and road while one can also have optional Dynamic and Dynamic Pro modes at an additional cost. Its standard feature list includes only ASC (automatic stability control) which prevents excessive wheel spin due to hard acceleration in tricky situations.
Customers can also opt for an optional electronics package, the Ride Modes Pro, which includes ABS Pro, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and EBC (Engine Braking Control). As for other elements in its standard equipment list, the F900R packs a full-colour TFT display with Bluetooth-connectivity, full-LED lighting, 12V socket and adjustable brake and clutch levers.
Coming to the hardware, the F900R rides on 17-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels suspended by upside-down forks up front and fully-adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking is handled by dual discs with four-piston floating calipers at the front and a single disc with single-piston floating caliper at the rear. It incorporates a 13 litre fuel tank while the overall kerb weight of the bike stands at 211kgs.
BMW has priced the F900R at Rs 10.80 lakh (ex-showroom) and offers it in three colour options - Hockenheim Silver Metallic / Racing Red, San Marino Blue Metallic and Black Storm Metallic. Considering its body style and purpose, the F900R competes against the Triumph Street Triple RS and the Kawasaki Z900.