BMW Motorrad has launched two new motorcycles in the Indian market today – namely the F 900 R and F 900 XR. Both these bikes are powered by an 895cc, inline-twin engine. Power figures on both bikes stand at 103bhp and 92Nm of torque. Both come with six-speed gearboxes. The F 900 R is roadster-themed, while the F 900 XR comes with GS-like ergonomics. Furthermore, the F 900 R comes in only one variant – Standard, while the F 900 XR comes in two – Standard and Pro. The F 900 R is priced at Rs 9.90 lakh (ex-showroom) while the Standard and Pro variants of the F 900 XR are priced at Rs 10.50 lakh (ex-showroom) and Rs 11.50 lakh (ex-showroom), respectively.
When it comes to features, the F 900 R comes loaded with technology like Bluetooth-enabled 6.5-inch TFT instrument cluster, ABS, two riding modes- Rain and Road and Automatic Stability Control. Similarly, the F 900 XR also comes with Adaptive Cornering Light, keyless riding, riding modes, and a 6.5-inch TFT screen. Also, both motorcycles come USDs but the XR, as one would image, gets more travel suspension than the street-savvy R. The standard seat height on the F 900 R measures in at 815mm, while the F 900 XR stands tall at 825mm.
When it comes to competition in the Indian market, the F 900 R rivals the Kawasaki Z900, Ducati Monster 821 and the KTM 790 Duke. The F 900 XR, on the other hand, takes the fight to the Ducati Multistrada 950, Kawasaki Versys 1000 and the soon-to-be-launched Triumph Tiger 900. Although it must be said, these motorcycles are priced higher than the XR.