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.
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.