A little over a month after the new F 900 R was launched in the Philippines, the F 900 XR was just unveiled at the Bangkok International Motor Show. BMW Motorrad Thailand has opted to launch both F 900 variants (F 900 R and F 900 XR) at the same time, highlighting the flexibility of this new platform.
The F 900 XR is the more accessible sport touring model of the XR series, offered just under the top-of-the-line S1000XR. This mid-range model offers similar styling to its big sister with the same sporty riding dynamics and GS-like ergonomics. The front fairing includes an adjustable windshield for a sporty look with sound rider protection.
Rather than an inline-4 as found in the S1000 XR, powering the F 900 XR is a 2-cylinder inline engine first introduced in 2018 in the F 850 GS. Bored up to 895cc, it now produces 105 PS and an even fuller torque curve.
Like its big sister, it also gets a standard anti-hopping clutch, and optional engine drag torque control (MSR) that returns smoother power delivery.
It comes with two standard riding modes: “Rain” and “Road” with ABS and ASC Automatic Stability Control, which can be turned off.
The Optional “Riding Modes Pro” adds “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” modes, as well as Dynamic Traction Control DTC and banking capable ABS Pro with engine drag torque control (MSR).
There's also the optional Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) that changes the damping of the rear spring strut automatically to the conditions.
The bike is built on a steel bridge frame that integrates the engine as a load-bearing element and a fuel tank that is now back in its classic position in front of the rider.
Rolling over bumps is an upside-down telescopic fork, while the rear wheel is guided by a double-sided swing arm with central suspension strut.
All the settings are displayed on the 6.5-inch instrument panel with additional core screens unlocked with the Pro riding modes and compatibility with phones with the Connectivity package.
More optional extras are available in the form of features like Adaptive Cornering Lights, Keyless Ride, Shift Assistant Pro, and Intelligent Emergency Call.
The F 900 XR is offered in two style variants: Style Exclusive in Galvanic Gold metallic and Sport in Racing Red.
We can expect this model to arrive in the Philippine market later in the year.