The new BMW F900 XR is for those considering a midsize adventure tourer

Think the BMW S1000 XR is a bit difficult to tame? Check this out.
by Aris Ilagan | Nov 6, 2019
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Do not be deceived: You might think that what you’re looking at in the main photo is a BMW S1000 XR. Nope—it’s the new BMW F900 XR, the German brand’s latest offering in the competitive adventure-touring market.

After persisting with the F800 series for more than a decade, BMW Motorrad has finally come up with the more potent F900 XR (adventure touring) and F900 R (roadster) models, both packing an updated parallel-twin engine and lots of functional electronic rider aids. The German manufacturer removed the covers off the new bikes before a huge crowd at the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) show in Milan, Italy.

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Let’s focus on the F900 XR. As mentioned, it falls under the adventure-touring class, a fast-growing motorcycle segment in the Philippines.

The F900 XR has unmistakably inherited the traits of its bigger, more aggressive sibling, the S1000 XR: high ground clearance, an upright riding stance, comfortable seats, and impressive rider ergonomics. All these make the smaller XR a wise choice for long-distance travel, and with a downsized mill, this bike is easier to control and maneuver than its liter-class counterpart.

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It’s equipped with a slightly tamer 895cc DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that has a bigger bore of 86mm (stroke remains at 77 mm). Power is a claimed 105hp at 8,750rpm. BMW’s engineers have thought of installing two balancer shafts inside the powerplant to minimize vibration and thus reduce riding stress.

Also, to provide sufficient comfort without compromising the bike’s adventure capabilities, the F900 XR boasts suspension travel of 170mm in front and 172mm in the back. That’s good enough for not-so-sadistic off-roading. 

Being smaller and—presumably—more affordable than the S1000 XR, the F900 XR offers only two riding modes: Rain and Road. This system comes with traction control and ABS as standard.

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Also standard are a 6.5-inch TFT screen and a sleek dial neatly placed on the left handlebar to control the electronic aids, including navigation and BMW Motorrad’s connectivity suite. If you can save up a little more, there are a lot of other functional add-ons for this younger XR: Dynamic and Dynamic Pro ride modes, lowered suspension, adaptive cornering headlights, up/down quickshifter, cruise control, Intelligence Emergency Call, and engine drag control.

If you spec the Dynamic and Dynamic Pro ride modes, you can customize throttle response, traction-control intervention, engine braking, and cornering ABS. Will you be able to resist the temptation of ticking the boxes for these options? Don’t get ahead of yourself—for now, we have to hear from BMW Motorrad Philippines if the F900 XR will find its way to our shores soon.

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