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Thread: EICMA 2019: BMW F 900 XR, the inline-2 meant for the long haul

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    Default EICMA 2019: BMW F 900 XR, the inline-2 meant for the long haul

    Alongside the BMW F 900 R, BMW Motorrad also introduced the BMW F 900 XR in order to populate their middleweight Adventure Sport segment.

    Press Release:

    “XR” stands for an uncompromising mix of sportiness and touring capability. Having established this family with the BMW S 1000 XR, BMW Motorrad is now expanding it with the addition of a mid-range model. The design style and vehicle concept are a clear reference to the kinship with the “big sister”.

    The BMW F 900 XR also demonstrates easy mastery of the Adventure Sport segment’s key qualities: sporty riding dynamics combined with upright, GS‑like ergonomics, outstanding long-distance and passenger suitability and a design that conveys a powerful sense of character.

    The new F 900 XR also benefits from the technology transfer from the upper class: Adaptive Cornering Light, Keyless Ride or Intelligent Emergency Call are all unique features in the mid-range.

    In addition to sporty riders, the XR is also aimed at newcomers and motorcycle returnees due to its easy accessibility, low minimum seat height, A2 capability and attractive entry price.

    Similarly equipped as the F 900 R, the BMW F 900 XR gets high-quality standard equipment (Connectivity, LED all round as standard) and their wide range of optional extras – in some cases unique in this class (including Adaptive Cornering Light, Keyless Ride, Dynamic ESA, Riding Modes Pro, Shift Assistant Pro, Intelligent Emergency Call, ABS Pro, MSR, DTC, DBC, RDC).

    It shares the innards with its roadster counterpart, the F 900 R, and therefore, the inline-2 engine is rated to produce 105 bhp of power, thanks to a displacement bump, from 853 to 895cc. With an ignition distance of 270/450 degrees and a new underfloor silencer system, the engine offers a particularly emotional sound.

    In addition to the standard anti-hopping clutch, the BMW F 900 XR can be fitted with engine drag torque control (MSR) for the first time. It prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting, thereby ensuring even greater safety.

    BMW F 900 XR already offers the “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard. The standard trim also includes ABS and ASC Automatic Stability Control, which is disengageable. With “Riding Modes Pro” as an ex-works option, the sporty characteristics of the F 900 XR can be experienced even more intensively. The additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro”, Dynamic Traction Control DTC and banking capable ABS Pro are available, along with Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and the new engine drag torque control (MSR).

    The F 900 XR makes use of a steel bridge frame that integrates the engine as a load-bearing element and a fuel tank that is now back in its classic position in front of the rider. Front-wheel control is taken care of by an upside-down telescopic fork, while the rear wheel is guided by a double-sided swinging arm with central suspension strut.

    The light, plastic-welded fuel tanks with a capacity of 15.5 litres are a world first in motorcycle construction. The bolt-on steel rear frame has also been newly developed for the F 900 XR in order to create a visually short and slim rear. The F 900 XR – with its somewhat longer spring travel – offers a noticeable increase in comfort and therefore an even wider range of potential uses.

    With the BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), available as an optional extra and almost unique in these vehicle segments, it is possible to further enhance the dynamic riding experience, riding comfort and also touring and passenger suitability, since the damping of the rear spring strut is automatically adapted to the conditions depending on riding state and manoeuvres.

    Even greater safety is offered by the Adaptive Cornering Light as a component of Headlight Pro, which is unique in the mid-range and comes as an optional extra ex works. Here, the rider benefits from improved illumination of the road when cornering for even safer riding at night. All lighting units in the new F models are based on LED technology as standard.

    The BMW Motorrad developers attached great importance to optimum readability for the instrument cluster – even in difficult lighting conditions. In addition, information diversity, display quality and user-friendliness are unmatched. The graphics on the screen are visually adapted to the sporty on-road world. Additional Core screens are available in conjunction with the optional Pro riding modes.

    The standard BMW Motorrad Connectivity is a unique feature in the mid-range, offering the ability to conveniently talk on the phone, listen to music or navigate while riding.

    TheF 900 XR offers an impressively active yet relaxed riding position for touring and travelling. The front fairing including an adjustable windshield combines a sporty look with sound rider protection.

    Various low and high seats along with the optional lowering feature also allow individual adjustment to various body heights.

    In addition to Light White, the new F 900 XR offers the two Style variants Style Exclusive in Galvanic Gold metallic and Sport in Racing Red.

    BMW F 900 XR Features:

    -2-cylinder in-line engine with an increased capacity of 895 cc.

    -105 hp at 8, 750 rpm and 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm.

    -More than 87 Nm torque in the relevant lower speed range from 4 500 to 8 500 rpm.

    -Spring travel: 170 mm at the front, 172 mm (F 900 R) at the rear.
    Last edited by NewsReaper; 11-06-2019 at 03:32 PM.

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