The F 850 gets a boost for 2020. The result is the all-new BMW F 900 R which is now powered by an 895cc parallel-twin engine—an engine that is also shared with the new F 900 XR. While both models share the same engine, they do differ in target audience. The F 900 R is designed as a “dynamic roadster” for riders looking for sporty and aggressive styling while the XR caters to the adventure-tourer. Top-shelf quality meets affordable pricing with high-end components like the Sachs suspension and Brembo brakes for a total MSRP of $8,995. Compared to the XR, the F 900 R squats a little lower with a 5.3- and 5.6-inch front and rear suspension travel and is paired with a sporty, active seating position. Electronics include two ride modes, ABS, and Automatic Stability Control (ASC)—if you want more than those basics, BMW has optional packages available.
Road Test Editor Michael Gilbert took to the twisties of central California to find that, “This middleweight Beemer is light on its feet, comfortably carving the twisties and tackling side-to-side transitions quickly, and the OE-fitted Bridgestone Battlax S21 tires offer ample amounts of grip that are required for shredding.”
Competition for this BMW includes the KTM 890 Duke R, Suzuki GSX-S1000, Yamaha MT-09, Kawasaki Z900, and Triumph Street Triple RS.
The engine is new and improved with more power and sings with a new underfloor muffler system. There is a new bolt-on steel rear frame as well. The F 900 R is available in Blackstorm Metallic and San Marino Blue Metallic or the Style Sport version in Hockenheim Silver Metallic/Racing Red.