BMW F 900 R rivals KTM 790 Duke, Ducati Monster 821 and Kawasaki Z900, while F 900 XR puts up against Ducati Multistrada 950 and Kawasaki Versys 1000
BMW Motorrad India has today launched the F 900 R and the F 900 XR motorcycles in the country. The F 900 R Standard is priced at Rs. 9.90 lakh while the F 900 XR Standard costs Rs. 10.50 lakh and the F 900 XR Pro at Rs. 11.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The German manufacturer is currently working on improving its middleweight range in the country, and the launch of these two new motorcycles is a part of the plan.
While the F 900 R and the F 900 XR are based on the same platform, are powered by the same engine and share the same components as well, the former is a naked roadster while the latter is a sport tourer. The bikes get a different design altogether, which gives each one of them their own unique identity while also offers different riding dynamics.
Powering the two bikes is an 895 cc parallel-twin engine putting out 105 bhp of maximum power at 8,500 rpm, along with a peak torque rating of 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The engine comes with two balancer shafts to keep vibrations minimal. The two motorcycle also share the same cycle parts.
At the front, the motorcycles get 43 mm gold-finished upside down forks up front along with a 17-inch die-cast Aluminium wheel wrapped in 120/70 XR 17 rubber, while a hydraulically adjustable monoshock setup, as well as a 17-inch die-cast Aluminium wheel wrapped in thicker 180/55 ZR 17 rubber has been equipped at the rear. The front suspension has a travel of 135 mm, whereas the rear-end gets a 170 mm travel.
BMW has positioned the F 900 R below the F 900 XR, and the naked middleweight motorcycle will act as a worthy rival to the likes of Ducati Monster 821, Kawasaki Z900 as well as the KTM 790 Duke. On the other hand, the F 900 XR takes on the Ducati Multistrada 950, and the Kawasaki Versys 1000.
Will the new Bimmer duo make a big impact in the Indian premium motorcycle space or the prices on the highly exclusive side? Have your say below!
|BMW F 900 R||Rs. 9,90,900|
|BMW F 900 XR Standard||Rs. 10,50,000|
|BMW F 900 XR Pro||Rs. 11,50,000|