The BMW F900XR Is Set to Take on the Middleweight Adventure-Sport Market

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One of BMW Motorrad’s big reveals for the 2019 EICMA show in Milan, the BMW F900XR brings two big announcements with it.

First, there is the obvious middleweight addition to the XR “adventure-sport” lineup, and second that the German’s 270° parallel-twin will see a 895cc displacement for the Euro5 homologation.

Riffing on the BMW 9cento concept that we saw a year-and-a-half ago, the 2020 BMW F900XR keeps many of the concept’s lines, while infusing more of its bigger sibling into the design as well.

With 103hp (77 kW) and 68 lbs•ft (92 Nm) of torque on tap, the F900XR is on par with its segment competitors, and it tips the scales at 483 lbs (219 kg) at the curb and ready to go, which is a little on the heavy side.

As usual, BMW is packaging out its best features, in order to keep the unobtanimum “base” models at a cheap price point.

So, the following items are available as optional equipment: traction control, cornering lights, dynamic ESA, Riding Modes Pro, Shift Assistant Pro, ABS Pro, MSR, DBC, RDC.

It is not clear at this time what the BMW F900XR will be priced at, and what this options will cost, though BMW Motorrad will have to balance the price against bikes like the new Yamaha Tracer 700, KTM 890 Duke R, and Ducati Hypermotard 950.

With a 4.1 gallon tank for fuel, the 2020 BMW F900XR should be good for some solid touring distances, and we hope the bike is more comfortable than its liter-bike compatriot, especially when it comes to engine vibrations.

Released alongside the BMW F900R roadster, we can expect the rest of BMW Motorrad’s middleweight lineup to get the 900cc engine for the 2021 model year, as Euro5 hits those machines.

Seeing the bike in person at the EICMA show, we have to say that the F900XR is definitely the prettier of BMW’s two new XR models, with the S1000XR getting a notable visual bulk.

The ergonomics feel right, and of course we like the 6.5″ TFT dash. So, we expect good things from the revised power plant. As such, BMW Motorrad might have a winner on its hands, if they can get the pricing strategy right.

Source: BMW Motorrad

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