BMW Motorrad have announced a new F 900 R nakedbike for 2020 at EICMA alongside a new F 900 XR ‘adventure-sport’ option that widens their street-bike portfolio yet further.
The F 900 R replaces the F 800 R and puts to rest rumours of an F 850 R which had been circulating. In the F 900 R we get a new 895 cc in-line twin-cylinder engine based on the F 850 powerplant, now producing 77 kW (105 hp) and 92 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. BMW state that 87 Nm is already available from 4500 rpm.
The standard electronics package offers Rain and Road riding modes as standard, controlling the ASC and ABS systems.
‘Riding Modes Pro’ option offers further rider aids with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), ABS Pro (corner ABS), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) and MSR – the new engine torque control system which prevents rear wheel slip during abrupt down-shifting or throttle closure.
The F 900 R is designed to offer a sporty, active and upright seating position, with low and high seat options available. Standard seat height is 815mm but low seats down to 770 mm, and high-seat options up to 865 will also be available.
A steel bridge frame uses the engine as a load-bearing element while the fuel tank is traditionally located. The fuel cell is a plastic-welded construction and offers a relatively limited 13-litre capacity. A new bolt-on steel rear frame is also featured.
BMW are promising a fuel economy of 4.2L per 100 km so a range of 300km should be possible.
Forks are 43mm USD items, while the rear shock offers pre-load and rebound adjustability and acts on an aluminium double-sided swingarm.
Suspension travel is 135mm front and 142mm rear, with the option of Dynamic ESA available as an ex-works option for electronic suspension control at the rear.
The 2020 F 900 R is also fitted with dual 320mm front rotors and Brembo radial four-piston calipers. A 265mm rear rotor and single-piston floating caliper looks after the rear. Wheels are die-cast aluminium items running 120/70 – 17 and 180/55 – 17 tyres.
A 6.5-inch TFT display includes the BMW Motorrad Connectivity system as standard, with LED lighting all round also standard, but able to be upgraded to Adaptive Cornering Light with the optional Headlight Pro extra.
The new F 900 R will be available in Blackstorm metallic, San Marino Blue metallic and Hockenheim Silver metallic/Racing Red colour options.
Total weight comes in at 211kg ready to ride, with Australian pricing and availability yet to be announced.
2020 BMW F 900 R Specifications
F 900 R
at engine speed
Torque at engine speed
92 Nm /6,500 rpm
Water-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke in-line engine, four valves per cylinder activated by cam followers, two overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication
Premium unleaded 95 RON
DOHC (double overhead camshaft), cam followers
Valves per cylinder
33.5 mm/27.2 mm
Ø throttle valve
Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter, exhaust standard EU-5
V/Ah 12/12, maintenance-free
LED headlights (low and high beam)
(Headlight Pro option: LED daytime riding light and Adaptive Cornering Light)
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