The Bangkok International Motor Show was among the few major events to actually push through this year. While BMW Motorrad has previously announced that it has pulled out from its participation for EICMA and Intermot, it was surprising to see its two middleweight offerings, the F 900 XR and F 900 R, on display at the Bangkok International Motor show. BMW Motorrad Thailand has opted to launch both F 900 variants at the same time to highlight the flexibility of its new platform. This was done more than a month since the F 900 R made its debut in the Philippines.
The F 900 XR is BMW’s more accessible adventure tourer model from its XR series offered just under its top-of-the-line S100XR. It bears the same sporty riding dynamics as its bigger sibling with a tall GS adventure style stance and ergonomics. It's characterized by the front fairing that gives it its sporty look that includes an adjustable windshield for added comfort in high-speed long-distance traveling. It is powered by a bored-up inline twin-cylinder engine similar to the one seen in its F 850 GS producing 105 hp at 8,500 RPM and 124.7 Nm of torque at 6,500 RPM.
Among its tech and features, it includes a standard anti-hopping clutch, an optional engine drag torque control system, and optional Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) which allows you to adjust the damping of the rear spring strut automatically to suit the road conditions. It is also equipped with an upside-down telescopic fork up front paired with a double-sided swing arm with central suspension strut for the rear to keep bumps at bay.
All of its settings and the rest of the information the driver needs is displayed in its full-color 6.5 inch TFT display with additional core screens unlocked with the Pro riding modes and phone compatibility via Bluetooth Connectivity. Other options include Adaptive Cornering Lights, Keyless Ride, Shift Assistant Pro, and Intelligent Emergency Call, which automatically sends a distress call if it senses a crash from the driver.
The F 900 XR comes in two style variants: Style Exclusive in Galvanic Gold metallic, and Sport in racing Red. Now that we know that BMW’s latest middleweight adventure sport-tourer has landed in the Southeast Asian market, it shouldn’t take long before it finally makes its way to Philippine shores. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any more news and updates once they finally make an official launch in our country.