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BMW Motorrad India has released a teaser video of two motorcycles, the BMW F 900 XR and the 2020 BMW S 1000 XR, on their official website. Both the motorcycles were showcased at the 2019 EICMA Motorcycle Show and are expected to be launched in our market soon.
The new F 900 XR follows the same design language as the S 1000 XR. The motorcycle is a sport-tourer but is powered by a different engine. We expect the F 900 XR to be launched soon after the nationwide lockdown is lifted (May 3).
The 2020 BMW S 1000 XR is based on the new-generation BMW S 1000 RR sportbike, and is expected to be launched a few months after the F 900 XR hits the Indian market. Bookings for the new models should begin at dealerships across the country as soon as the lockdown is over. At that time, the dealerships will also have a few test ride units available for customers.
The new BMW F 900 XR will be equipped with features like twin-pod LED headlights, an adjustable windscreen, a 15.5-litre fuel tank and a 6.5-inch TFT screen with BMW Motorrad Connectivity. The motorcycle will also come with USD forks at the front and a mono-shock suspension at the rear.
Braking duties will be handled by twin front discs and a single rear disc. Safety features include switchable ABS and Automatic Stability Control. The F 900 XR also gets 170mm suspension travel at the front, and 172mm at the rear.
Powering the F 900 XR will be an 895cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine, which will pump out 105bhp of power and 92Nm of torque, and will arrive mated to a six-speed gearbox. BMW Motorrad has also added counterbalance shafts to reduce the engine vibrations.
The BMW S 1000 XR will feature a twin-LED headlamp assembly instead of the asymmetrical headlight setup, and a full colour-TFT display. The company has also made changes in the riding ergonomics for a comfortable ride. The motorcycle will get electronic and safety features such as engine drag torque control (MSR), an anti-hopping clutch, dynamic ESA, different riding modes, dynamic traction control (DTC), etc. The 2020 BMW S 1000 XR will be lighter, faster and 10kgs lighter than its predecessor.
Powering the new S 1000 XR will be a revised version of the 999cc liquid-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder engine seen on the previous model. The BS6 compliant engine will churn out 165bhp of power and 114Nm of peak torque, and will arrive mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Thoughts About The 2020 BMW F 900 XR and S 1000 XR
Nowadays the adventure touring segment in India has seen a rise in the graph. Once BMW Motorrad India launches their new motorcycles in the market, we are sure that there will be a lot of buyers waiting to get their hands on them. We expect the F 900 XR to be priced at around Rs 12 lakh, and the S 1000 XR at around 18 lakh, ex-showroom, India).