Adventure motorcycles has been continually gaining popularity in India not only because of their abilities but their sheer bulk too. Plus, if you are one of those serious riders who actually prefer to tour, an ADV is much better suited for Indian roads. BMW Motorrad have pegged themselves right at the top with the GS series of motorcycles and now have added the XR series as well. While we already have the S1000 XR, BMW seems to be ready to launch the lighter F900 XR as well. BMW is expected to throw the bookings open after the lockdown is lifted in May. The launch will happen once they have a clear picture on the supply chain.
Tell us more details of the BMW F900 XR
Based on the F850 GS, the F900 XR is a little more road biased so-to-say. The 895cc parallel-twin develops over 100PS of power. It comes replete with electronics from traction control, ride-by-wire with riding modes, cruise control and even cornering ABS. The tourer will compete with the likes of the Ducati Multistrada 950, the soon-to-be launched Triumph Tiger 900 and the Kawasaki Versys 1000. The comparison is based keeping in mind the price and performance criteria. This BMW F900 XR price in India is expected to be about Rs 15 lakhs, ex-showroom. There will be multiple variants too.
The S1000 XR, as the name suggests, is almost an S1000 RR supersport modified to be a cross-country tourer. It gets the same 1.0-litre inline four-cylinder engine that develops over 160PS of power. The new 2020 BMW S1000 XR is 10kg lighter than the current bike. The styling is similar to the F900 XR, but this one gets fatter tyres, more muscle in the bodywork and a little more aggression too. This bigger bike also gets electronic suspension that is dynamically adjustable and fancier electronics that include wheelie control. You also get a TFT-screen for the instrument cluster and it should include smartphone connectivity.
The price tag is expected to be near Rs 19 lakhs for the S1000 XR, ex-showroom, considering that the new motorcycle will be at least a lakh over the current bike.