BMW F900 XR released

The 2020 BMW F900 XR is the finished version of the 9cento concept bike, with the most up-to-date parallel twin BMW has released yet.

Like the F900 R, the F900 XR is powered by an 895 cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin, an upgraded F850. A bigger 86 mm bore (stroke remains the same, at 77 mm) results in increased capacity, and boosts horsepower to claimed 105 hp at 8,750 rpm. Claimed max torque is 68 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm.

The new engine has two balancer shafts, to keep down the vibes, and a 277/450 firing order. The crank has 90-degree offset crankpins. All these designs intricacies are supposed to work together to make the bike feel like a V-twin.

The F900 XR requires premium fuel; of course, it’s Euro5-compliant.

Rain and Road riding modes are stock, along with traction control. You can pay extra to get an up/down quickshifter and engine drag control system. Other optional riding modes can tweak the throttle output, enable leaning ABS and also allow the rider to customize the braking and traction control systems to their liking. Cornering-sensitive headlights come as an option, along with a 911-dialing system (which detects crashes).

A 6.5-inch TFT screen is standard, with Bluetooth integration. It’s controlled by the left handlebar, and riders can manage the electronics through here, as well as navigation and entertainment systems.

Seating position on the XR is upright, like a GS, but it’s definitely not intended for the same rugged usage, as it comes with 17-inch wheels. Seat height should be 815 mm, although a different seat can change that, or the lowered suspension option. Speaking of suspension options, buyers can also get an electronically-managed semi-active rear shock, at extra cost, although the front suspension is simple USD forks. Suspension travel is 142 mm up front, and 172 mm in the rear.

The front brakes use 320 mm discs, mated to four-piston radial calipers. ABS is standard, leaning ABS is optional.

Fuel capacity is 15.5 litres, and wet weight is 219 kg.

If you’re feeling extra spendy, you can add heated grips, luggage, a different windscreen and all sorts of other official BMW accessories to your F900 XR. Otherwise, save your pennies and you can buy the F900 XR in Canada early in 2020, with a $12,800 MSRP.


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