The 2020 BMW F900 R immediately got a rousing response when it was launched in the local market last month. The naked category, under which fall multifaceted machines that are equally capable on countryside roads and urban jungles, is a hotly contested segment among manufacturers and dealers. With the F900 R, BMW Motorrad is not only eyeing to nab a piece of the sales pie—it wants to get a big chunk.
Impressively designed and loaded with electronic systems that its competitors can hardly match, this Berlin-manufactured bike is incredibly tempting, especially considering the price—P655,000 for the Standard variant, and P775,000 for the Style Sport. I got to test the F900 R during its global launch in Spain, and I personally experienced its sharp handling characteristics while carving up the mountains of Almeria. I was blown away.
Right now, I own a three-year-old Yamaha MT-09, the nemesis of the F900 R. And when BMW Motorrad Philippines announced a trade-in promo for its new offering, I started entertaining the thought of swapping my Japanese stallion for this German naked. A 2020 MT-09 is priced at P569,000.
To be honest, I’ve never tried trade-in promos before. With no clue how the process works, I rode the MT-09 to the BMW showroom in Libis to inquire. From there, I was given a trade-in form to fill out before my MT-09 was photographed for appraisal purposes.
In the trade-in form, I indicated the details of the MT-09: year model, color, mileage, selling dealer, and asking price. With a bit of hesitation, I wrote P500,000. On that same document, I was asked the variant and color scheme I wanted for the F900 R, so I chose San Marino Blue Metallic, which I find rather sexy-looking.
The mere idea of letting go of my MT-09 leaves me with a heavy heart. Other than having performance parts like a full titanium Akrapovic exhaust, rear Öhlins suspension, Italian-branded steering dampers, a six-way adjustable clutch and brake levers, a set of Metzeler Sportec M7 RR tires, and an original Yamaha comfort seat and windscreen, this bike has given me some good riding memories. With 17,000km logged, the MT-09 has never let me down even on long-distance rides. But the temptation of the F900 R never stops. I now find myself torn.
After a few days, a Viber message popped up on my phone. The appraisal value for my MT-09 is P320,000. What do you think, guys? Deal or no deal?