2020 BMW F 900 R And F 900 XR First Look

Two all-new models utilizing an updated powerplant.

2020 BMW F 900 R
One of two all-new BMW Motorrad models, the BMW F 900 R is based around the updated 895cc parallel-twin engine.BMW Motorrad

The all-new BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR represent an evolution of Motorrad's middleweight platforms. Both models encompass additional displacement and generate more power than the previous F 850, and are better suited to the current market trends.

2020 BMW F 900 R
BMW’s parallel-twin engine receives a 42cc bump in displacement, resulting from a 2mm increase in bore. The new engine is claimed to produce 105 hp at 8,500 rpm and 68 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpmBMW Motorrad

2020 BMW F 900 R And F 900 XR Engine And Horsepower

The parallel-twin engine has been enlarged to a real 895cc from the previous 853cc of the unit that powered the F 850 GS. The extra displacement is the result of a 2mm-larger bore—now 86mm—while stroke remained unchanged at 77mm. The updated powerplant receives machined heads, bumps its compression ratio to 13.1:1, and features a crankshaft with crank throws set at 90 degrees, plus two balancing shafts that are said to fully cancel all vibration. BMW claims the new F 900 pumps out 105 hp at 8,500 rpm—10 hp more than the previous F 850. Torque, however, remains the same. The F 900 produces 68 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm, but now the torque curve is immensely broader and flatter.

2020 BMW F 900 Chassis Details

Like the S 1000 XR, the engine acts as a stressed member of a completely redesigned chassis. Geometry has been heavily revised, including the rake being changed from 26 degrees to a rather radical 29.5 degrees, while the wheelbase reaches 60 inches. The redesign allows for relocation of the fuel tank from behind the engine to a traditional location atop the frame, and now uses a lightweight construction of two shells of plastic material.

2020 BMW F 900 XR
The second of the new models, the BMW F 900 XR, features slightly longer suspension for more adventure capability.BMW Motorrad

2020 BMW F 900 R And F 900 XR Differences

BMW Motorrad created two all-new variations of the 900 platform, the first being the XR. Dubbed an "adventure sport" model, the XR features slightly longer suspension travel—170mm (6.7 inches) front and 172mm (6.8 inches) rear—with a protective top fairing that underlines a relationship with the S 1000 XR. The second model, the F 900 R, is a "dynamic roadster" that sits relatively low with a shorter 135mm (5.3 inches) front and 142mm (5.6 inches) rear suspension travel.

ZF Sachs suspension
Both the R and XR models feature ZF Sachs suspension, which can be upgraded to semi-active units as a premium option.BMW Motorrad

2020 BMW F 900 R And F 900 XR Suspension

Speaking of suspension componentry, both models come equipped with top-shelf ZF Sachs units front and rear. Semi-active electronic units are available as an option.

2020 BMW F 900 XR
Both models receive an electronic rider-aid suite, which will be accessed through the 6.5-inch TFT dashboard in the cockpit of the F 900.BMW Motorrad

2020 BMW F 900 R And 900 XR Electronics

Both the F 900 R and F 900 XR feature a basic electronic suite as standard equipment, including two riding modes (Rain and Road), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), and ABS. Additional electronic rider aids come as premium options, including Riding Modes Pro, traction control, ABS Pro, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), an engine-brake management function, and cornering lights. The rider suite is accessed through the 6.5-inch TFT dashboard.