The BMW F 900 XR shares a boosted engine, frame, and most part numbers with the F 900 R. What it doesn’t share is the riding intent. Where the F 900 R is more for the aggressive rider, the F 900 XR is for those who seek out a sporty tourer with its longer suspension travel, larger fuel tank, Michelin Road 5GT tires, and wind protection—equating to a $2,700 price increase over the R. With a Cycle World measured seat height of 33.6 inches and measured wet weight of 492 pounds, this midrange adventure sport has reasonable dimensions for newcomers or returnees alike, but if needed, there are various seat heights and a lowering feature available from the manufacturer.
If you would like to see more information on the 2020 model and its F 900 R sibling we addressed more details about these models in our first look.
Competition for the sport-tourer include the Ducati Multistrada 950, Yamaha Tracer 900, and Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT.
Like the BMW F 900 R, the XR sees similar updates with the more powerful engine and newly developed subframe. The XR is available in Light White and has two style options to choose from: Style Exclusive (in Galvanic Gold Metallic) and Sport (Racing Red).