BMW F 900 duo launched in India
The all new BMW F 900 XR and F 900 R have made it to India.
BMW Motorrad India has launched the all-new BMW F 900 XR and F 900 R in India today. This "dynamic-duo" will be available as completely built-up units (CBU) throughout the brand's dealership network. The BMW F 900 R roadster is a street fighter which aims to convey freedom, and the BMW F 900 XR is an adventure sports tourer, which aims to show off the brand's uncompromising capability to mix sportiness with extra-ordinary touring capabilities.
The F 900 duo has to face some fierce competitors in the mid-weight section. The naked- F 900 R goes up against the likes of Ducati Monster 821 soon-to-be-launched Triumph Street Triple R, KTM Duke 790, Kawasaki Z900 and the Yamaha MT-09. The XR will be launched as a standard variant as well as a Pro version which will both go up against the Ducati Multistrada 950, Honda Africa Twin and the Kawasaki Versys 1000. Keep in mind that the F 900 XR Pro will get you a quick-shifter as well.
Both bikes, F 900 R and F 900 XR share the bored-out version of the parallel-twin used in the F 850 GS. Rated at 895cc, this motor can pump out 103 bhp at 8,750 rpm and 92 Nm (approx: 68 ft-lb) of torque at 6,500 rpm. But, 87 Nm torque will be available between 4,500 rpm and 8,500 rpm, claims BMW. However, the geometry and suspension of both bikes are different. Also, this duo gets two opposed counterbalance shafts for minimising vibrations and to improve handling.
Both bikes are loaded with electronics featuring Rain and Road riding modes along with ABS and Traction Control as standard. Customers can also have some rather interesting optional features like IMU-based traction control, braking control, switchable ABS, engine drag control, keyless riding and Bluetooth connectivity.
Seen for the first time on motorcycles, the F 900 duo features plastic-welded fuel tanks. Also, first-in-class is the adaptive cornering lights (for God's sake, thank you BMW!) which will be of great help while off-roading in darker places or just an early morning/evening cruise in the ghats (mountain passes). Both bikes will also get a 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW motorcycle connectivity as standard. The gauge cluster is the same one seen on the latest S 1000 RR and R 1250 GS.
The BMW F 900 R will be available in Black Storm Metallic and in Style Sport Hockenheim Silver metallic/Racing Red paintwork.
And the BMW F 900 XR (standard and pro variants) will be available in Light White and Style Sport Racing Red paintwork.
For all those who love the experience of pure motorcycling, both bikes are available with a "three year, unlimited kilometres" warranty as standard, with an option to extend warranty to fourth and fifth year. Road Side Assistance, a 24x7 365 days package, further ensures prompt services in case of breakdown and towing situations.
Let's talk about prices. The F 900 R will be priced at INR 9.9 Lakhs (approx: USD 13,110; GBP 10,710) ex-showroom. The F 900 XR Standard and Pro variants will cost INR 10.5 Lakhs (approx: USD 13,904; GBP 11367) and INR 11.5 Lakhs (approx: USD 15,228; GBP 12,450) respectively. Whew! So much for that price.