2020 BMW F 900 XR First Look Preview

BMW’s 2020 F 900 XR is an adventure sport rider’s dream.

BMW dropped a lot of good news during this year's EICMA show, including revisions to its S 1000 XR, it's S 1000 RR, as well as introducing a new midsize duo in its F 900 R and sport-adventure iteration, the F 900 XR.

The Rundown

Designers refined the look of the F 900 XR to make it slimmer and more aerodynamic.
Designers refined the look of the F 900 XR to make it slimmer and more aerodynamic.BMW

As noted in the preview of the new F 900 R, the F 900 XR benefits from a newly developed 895cc parallel-twin engine with an eight-valve, DOHC cylinder head. The mill was first introduced in the 2018 F 850 GS, but now offers 105 hp and 67.8 pound-feet of torque, meaning the 482.8-pound ready-to-ride machine will pack enough of a punch to have some fun in the twisties. It’s equipped with an anti-hopping, mechanically operated clutch standard, which can be upgraded with BMW’s electronic quickshifter if desired.

Power and handling are improved on the F 900 XR.
Power and handling are improved on the F 900 XR.BMW

Similar to frames seen on BMW’s F and GS models, the new 900 XR features a steel bridge frame that utilizes the engine as a stressed member, and which is mated to a newly developed bolt-on rear frame. This allows the back end to be slimmer and shorter than the previous 800 model. It’s packing a plastic-welded fuel tank that provides just over 4 gallons capacity, allowing for an impressive 260 miles between fill-ups, according to BMW specs.

LED lighting shows the way.
LED lighting shows the way.BMW

The 43mm USD fork provides 6.7 inches travel, and can be fitted with BMW’s Dynamic ESA electronic suspension adjustment. The rear shock gives 6.7 inches travel as well, and can also be upgraded.

BMW gave the XR a taller seat height, taller and more swept-back handlebars, lower footrests, and longer wheelbase than its new R sibling, designing ergonomics after the GS line of bikes for a more neutral, upright ride.

Accessory options will be available to tailor the F 900 XR for any journey.
Accessory options will be available to tailor the F 900 XR for any journey.BMW

Braking is handled by dual hydraulically actuated four-piston calipers at the front and a single piston floating caliper at the rear, both equipped with BMW Motorrad ABS.

The new 900 XR also gets the updated 6.5-inch TFT color instrument panel, to easily read important information in any conditions. It will also display any information when connected to your smartphone via the BMW Motorrad Communication System.

The road won’t stand a chance.
The road won’t stand a chance.BMW

The F 900 XR will come in Light White, Galvanic Gold Metallic, or Racing Red colorways. Pricing and US availability aren’t currently available.

2020 BMW F 900 XR Specifications

Price TBD
Engine 895cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin, 8-valve
Bore x Stroke 86.0 x 77.0mm
Compression Ratio 13.1:1
Fuel Delivery BMS-M
Clutch Wet, multiplate slipper clutch, cable actuation
Transmission/Final Drive 6-speed/chain
Frame Steel bridge frame in monocoque design
Front Suspension 43mm fork; 6.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Shock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping, 6.7-in. travel
Front Brakes Radial-mount 4-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear Brakes 1-piston caliper, 265mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. / 17 x 5.5-in.
Tires, Front/Rear TBD; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
Rake/Trail 26.0°/ 4.14 in.
Wheelbase 59.9 in.
Seat Height 32.5 in.
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight 483 lb.
Warranty TBD
Available TBD
The BMW F 900 XR in Racing Red colorway.
The BMW F 900 XR in Racing Red colorway.BMW
The cockpit made to be neutral and more comfortable than the R.
The cockpit made to be neutral and more comfortable than the R.BMW
BMW F 900 XR in Galvanic Gold Metallic.
BMW F 900 XR in Galvanic Gold Metallic.BMW
BMW F 900 XR in Light White.
BMW F 900 XR in Light White.BMW
Two-stage adjustable windscreen can be adjusted on the fly.
Two-stage adjustable windscreen can be adjusted on the fly.BMW
A new 6.5-inch color TFT instrument display.
A new 6.5-inch color TFT instrument display.BMW
New double headlights.
New double headlights.BMW
Get the BMW accessories you need for your next adventure.
Get the BMW accessories you need for your next adventure.BMW