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BMW F900XR

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Key specs
  • Displacement895 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight219 kg

Avg. Ex-showroom price

10,94,414
EMI   33,513/month EMI Calculated basis
Based on avg. ex-showroom price
Down Payment - ₹ 2,18,883
Interest - 11 %
Tenure - 30 Months
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BMW F900XR Price

VariantPriceSpecifications

F900XR Standard

 10,94,414 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

F900XR Pro

 12,37,994 Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

BMW F900XR Summary

F900XR key highlights

Engine Capacity 895 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 219 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.5 litres

About F900XR

BMW F900XR is a bikes available at a starting price of Rs. 10,94,414 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 3 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 12,37,994. The F900XR is powered by 895cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 103.25 bhp and a torque of 92 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, BMW F900XR comes up with anti-locking braking system. This F900XR bike weighs 219 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 15.5 liters.

BMW Motorrad’s S1000XR is an amazing blend of touring and sport motorcycle with quarter-faired design and a ballistic in-line four cylinder engine. However, a lot of riders might find it inaccessible in terms of performance and pricing. For such buyers, BMW has introduced its smaller sibling, the F900XR which made its debut at the 2019 EICMA Show in Milan.

The design of the F900XR is majorly inspired by its larger sibling, especially with that split LED headlamp, sharp nose and side fairings, golden USD forks, chiseled fuel tank and a stubby tail section. Besides the full-LED lighting setup, it also gets a Bluetooth-enabled 6.5-inch TFT instrument cluster. While the standard electronics package consists of ABS, switchable traction control and two riding modes (Road and Rain), it can be updated with more goodies by opting for BMW’s Pro package.

The 895cc parallel-twin engine of the F900XR is a higher-displacement derivative of the 853cc motor which does duty on its adventure sibling, the F850GS. On the XR, this powerplant generates 105bhp of power at 8,500rpm and 92Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. The six-speed gearbox is accompanied by a mechanically-operated anti-hopping clutch.

Based on a bridge-type frame which holds the engine as the stressed member, the F900XR rides on 17-inch alloy wheels. Damping is handled by 43mm upside down forks up front along with preload and rebound-adjustable monoshock at the rear. Anchors are dropped by a pair of 320mm discs with radially-mounted floating calipers at the front and a 265mm single disc single-piston floating caliper at the rear. The kerb weight of the motorcycle stands at 219kgs. BMW has priced the F900XR at Rs 10.95 lakh (ex-showroom). It is available in three colour options including Galvanic Gold Metallic, Light White and Racing Red. It competes against the Triumph Tiger 900 GT and the Ducati Multistrada 950.
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BMW F900XR Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • 895cc engine is loaded with torque
    • Equipped with top-spec safety electronics
    • Extremely comfortable on long rides
  • Could be Better

    • Expensive after-sales
    • Limited sales, service reach

BikeWale's Take

The F900XR is BMW’s new tourer that has been launched to meet India’s growing demand for such bikes. This BMW gets a new 895cc parallel-twin motor, a semi-fairing design and safety electronics just like we see on other BMWs. But being a BMW, the bike is quite expensive to maintain. 

BMW F900XR Review

Does easy accessibility come with compromise on the fun-factor? We tested the BMW F 900 XR for this first ride review.

Introduction

BMW F900XR Left Front Three Quarter

If the BMW S 1000 XR is too intimidating and expensive for you, the new F 900 XR should catch your attention. This lower-displacement, fewer-cylinder, and budget-friendly alternative to the S 1000 XR joined the Bavarian brand’s India portfolio in 2020 along with the F 900 R naked roadster. The sports-ADV tourer competes against the likes of the Ducati Multistrada 950 and the Triumph Tiger 900 GT motorcycles. However, the BMW motorcycle is more road-based than the competition and it thus features 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends instead of a 19-inch front setup on its rivals.

BMW F900XR Front View

Apart from the S 1000 XR inspired styling, the F 900 XR is also loaded with several electronic rider aids – standard and optional – which make it a perfect tool for everyday use. So, the 895cc sports-ADV tourer is a marriage of practicality with fun at a relatively affordable price point. But does easy accessibility come with compromise on the fun-factor? We tested the motorcycle for this first ride review.

The Visuals

BMW F900XR windscreen

In terms of design, the similarities with the S 1000 XR are evident, and the BMW F 900 XR packs features such as sleek twin-pod LED headlights with adaptive cornering lights, a two-step adjustable windscreen, a sharp semi-fairing design, a muscular fuel tank, and a step-up saddle. The sharp look of the front fascia is enhanced by a dual-tone finish while the colour of the fairing adds a nice contrast to the visuals. Unlike the S 1000 XR, the F 900 XR misses an engine cowl.

BMW F900XR TFT / Instrument Cluster

From the rider’s saddle, you can see a modern, fully-digital instrument cluster and a plethora of buttons, including the BMW multi-controller on the handlebar. The equipment at the back such as the taillight, rear blinkers, and the numberplate are mounted on a removable stalk. The rider can even remove the complete assembly when visiting a racetrack.

BMW F900XR Left Side Multifunction Switchgear

The motorcycle lives up to the standards of the German build-quality, and all the bits and pieces have been tucked in their pieces properly. The paint quality and the fit and finish is commendable. The switchgear, too, feels premium, and all the buttons are ergonomically placed and easily accessible while riding the motorcycle. Buyers can opt between two colour options – Light White and Racing Red. We had the Racing Red colour option for the review, and it looks instantly desirable.

The Package

BMW F900XR Head Light

The styling is complemented by modern and premium features that comprise of full-LED lighting, cornering lights, an information-rich colour TFT display, and a sufficiently packed electronics package. Being the Pro variant, the F 900 XR came standard with an electronically adjustable rear suspension, bi-directional quickshifter, and a cruise control system.

BMW F900XR TFT / Instrument Cluster

The information-rich, Bluetooth-enabled, 6.5-inch colour-TFT screen shows data such as tachometer, speedometer, gear-position indicator, fuel gauge, distance to empty, riding mode, traction control setting, temperature, and a lot more. The display works with BMW Motorrad’s smartphone app to record the ride-related data, gives access to incoming phone calls, music, and the turn-by-turn navigation.

BMW F900XR Engine From Right

In terms of performance, the BS6-compliant, 895cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine makes a healthy 103bhp of maximum power at 8,500rpm and 92Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm.

BMW F900XR Left Side View

The motor is based on the unit from F 850 GS. BMW Motorrad has increased the bore size by 2mm to achieve the added displacement (previously 853cc). The engine features a crankshaft with 90-degree offset crankpins and a 270/450 degree firing order. This gives the motor a V-twin like character in the compact dimensions of a parallel twin. The parallel-twin engine is linked to a six-speed transmission that benefits from an assist and a slipper clutch.

The Ride

BMW F900XR Left Side View

The motor has a linear power delivery. Point the tachometer above 2,000rpm mark, and the F 900 XR will keep moving forward without any fuss. It starts to pull away cleanly anywhere right from 3,000rpm onwards, with a step-up in acceleration near the 6,000rpm mark. The two riding modes (Rain and Road) give access to the full 103bhp, although the throttle response is gentler in the Rain mode. Both can be selected on the fly using the “Mode” button on the right side of the handlebar. Heat management is commendable too, and while things got warm, it never got unbearably hot – one of the perks of having a parallel-twin motor instead of V-twin engine where one cylinder head is very close to your legs.

BMW F900XR Gear Shift Lever

The six-speed transmission feels crisp, while the bi-directional quickshifter makes the ride even more fun. The quickshifter works well for both up- and down-shifts.

BMW F900XR Front Disc Brake

The braking setup complements the friendly powerplant on the F 900 XR. The anchoring setup, which comprises of twin 320mm discs with four-piston callipers at the front and a single 265mm rotor with a single-piston calliper at the back deliver a decent amount of initial bite and it feels progressive. There’s plenty power to bring the F 900 XR to a halt in a considerably lower time and distance. The safety-net of ABS ensures that there’s no drama in case of emergency braking, although the system at the rear kicks in too early. Also, there’s no provision to turn-off the ABS tech.

BMW F900XR Right Front Three Quarter

The ergonomics are set for a comfortable ride. Thus, the F 900 XR comes equipped with a tall-set handlebar and slightly rear-set footpegs which deliver a sportier yet comfortable rider’s triangle. While the handlebar is tall enough to offer upright ergonomics, you have to reach for it when standing on the footpegs.

BMW F900XR Handle Bar

The semi-fairing design and the small windscreen at the front deliver a decent protection from the wind, although tall riders will notice a fair amount of buffeting on the helmet at high speeds. BMW does offer a taller windscreen as an option.

BMW F900XR Rear Suspension

The suspension setup at the back can be electronically adjusted while the front does not get any settings. The setup has a sportier tuning without being too harsh. The suspension works well at highway cruising speeds, filtering most of the minor undulations effortlessly. The rider can select between two primary settings for the suspension – Road and Dynamic. Road is the softest setting available while things get even sportier in the Dynamic mode. The electronic setup can also be adjusted for various preload settings (Rider, Rider with Luggage, Rider with Pillion, and Rider with Luggage and Pillion).

BMW F900XR Bike Seat

The seat height of 825mm makes terra firma easily accessible, and I could plant both my feet flat on the ground. The padding, on the other hand, could’ve been better as the stock setup feels hard.

BMW F900XR Left Rear Three Quarter

The refinement levels are commendable too and you can cruise in the mid-range of the tachometer without any vibrations. Mild vibrations are only evident in the higher rev-band, closer to redline. At 219kg, the motorcycle does feel heavy, and it takes some effort to move it around in the parking. However, once in motion, it’s remarkably easy to ride. It feels agile too, and the direction changes are quick. The turning radius is surprisingly short, and making U-turns is fairly easy on the F 900 XR.

BMW F900XR Head Light

The hardware works well too and the full LED headlamp lights up the dark roads like a Las Vegas strip. The colour TFT display carries sufficiently large readings for the ride-related data, and it is easy to read in bright daylight or at night.

Verdict

BMW F900XR Right Front Three Quarter

The BMW F 900 XR is among the most-friendly motorcycles that I have ridden in my career as a motoring journalist, and over a decade and a half of motorcycling. It looks appealing, while the feature list is comprehensive and the engine is tractable. You can further customise the vehicle with a plethora of official accessories that are directly available through BMW Motorrad dealerships.

BMW F900XR Left Rear Three Quarter

The negatives are rare, but the motorcycle will feel better with a slightly softer setting for the suspension and better padding for the saddle. The Dynamic riding modes, too, could’ve been standard, at least in the Pro model. But I’m nitpicking here.

BMW F900XR Right Front Three Quarter

The prices are competitive too, and the standard variant of the F 900 XR is available at Rs 10.50 lakh while the Pro version is priced at Rs 11.50 lakh (ex-showroom). So, if you’re in the market for a sporty ADV tourer, you should look no further.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 103.25 bhp @ 8,500 rpm

    Max Torque 92 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

    Cooling System Water Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 895 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 86 mm

    Stroke 77 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 13.1 : 1

    Ignition Electric

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet-Multiple-disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 15.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 3.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed 200 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 ZR 17

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55 ZR 17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 265 mm

    Calliper Type Front - 4 Piston, Rear- Single Piston Calliper

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm

    Rear Suspension Cast aluminum dual swing arm, central spring strut

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 219 kg

    Overall Length 2,160 mm

    Overall Width 860 mm

    Wheelbase 1,521 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 825 mm

    Overall Height 1,320 mm

    Chassis Type Bridge-type frame, steel shell construction

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity Yes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation Yes

USB charging port Yes

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System--

Battery12 V / 12 Ah, Maintenance-free

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillight

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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