BMW Motorrad Philippines has just launched the new BMW F 900 R alongside its virtual launch of the BMW 2 Series GranCoupe. BMW Motorrad’s latest offering aims to grab a share of the middleweight naked bike segment that’s dominated by Japanese offerings. Despite being made in Germany, the BMW F 900 R is priced very competitively and should tempt those looking towards the likes of Yamaha into something European.
BMW Motorrad’s naked bike offering uses 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. BMW Motorrad says it was also able to develop a world’s first in motorcycle construction: light, plastic-welded fuel tanks with a capacity of 13 liters. Overall, this rigid and lightweight design should help the bike deliver better agility.
The BMW F 900 R is available in two variants: Standard and Style Sport. Both are equipped with exterior LED lighting, but the Style Sport gets the benefit of adaptive LED headlights. Both variants also come with a 6.5-inch TFT LCD screen with BMW Motorrad Connectivity as standard along with a built-in lean angle sensor and a keyless start system. By default, the BMW F 900 R has a seat height of 815 mm, though this can be adjusted to anywhere from 770 to 865 mm.
Powering the BMW F 900 R is an 895 cc twin-cylinder engine that was first introduced in 2018 in the F 850 GS. It now produces 105 hp and 92 Nm of torque. With an ignition distance of 270/450 degrees and a new underfloor silencer system, the engine offers a more emotional sound. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, zero to 100 kph is achieved in just 3.7 seconds all the way to a top speed in excess of 200 kph.
The Style Sport variant gains Riding Modes Pro, which adds two further riding modes as well as Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), ABS Pro, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), and engine drag torque control (MSR). Other unique features for the Style Sport include traction control, Dynamic ESA (electronic suspension adjustment), and Gear Shift Assist Pro. MSR prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting, thereby ensuring even greater safety.
The BMW F 900 R is now on sale at BMW Motorrad showrooms for P655,000 for the Standard and P775,000. As part of the new normal, customers should set up an appointment with their preferred BMW dealer prior to visiting.