BMW F 900 R 2020


After eleven years of presence, two evolutions (2012 – 2015) plus a slight update in 2017, the F 800 R is taking its bow in favor of a motorcycle eager to move upmarket. Still in mid-size roadsters, still in BM efficiency, but clearly of a different caliber. Don’t think of a sequel but of a new series with the F 900 R.

A revelation, an intuition, an end of derogation? The German roadster has abandoned some of its intrinsic solutions, which perhaps made it its charm and / or its identity. The F no longer has its transmission chain on the right, its pot on the left in the raised position, its filling hole next to the passenger seat and its tank under the saddle. Originality will have to be exercised otherwise.

The F 900 R also clearly marks its change of generation with a design that is similar to that of the R 1250 R. To strengthen its image, show its grumbling, stick out teeth and shoulders. Without crossing the limits of a completely Bavarian education.
His muscular back accompanies enterprising sides. The lighthouse, rufian of good virtues, has everything of the mask of Robocop. The general line shows a much more alert nervousness, more apt to seek noise from the stars of the segment.
As for the engine, it also passes a level almost a cap.

BMW F 900 R In this category of wolves, several types of mechanics coexist and peer. 4 cylinders, V-twin, 3 cylinders … There was even a mono at one time with the 690 Duke. The F 900 R remains faithful to the parallel twin while forgetting the heart of its grandmother. BMW has not optimized the 798 cc? No, the muscles change. Engine manufacturers borrowed the block from the 850 GS, added 21 cm3 in each bicep, stabilized the volume at 895 cm3 and extrapolated 105 horsepower at 8500 rpm. This represents a gain of 15 nags since the F 800. And 10 better than the trail with its 8 and a half. More timid gain for the couple but nevertheless present, going from 8.8 to 9.4.

Simply increasing the displacement would have been too simple. In Berlin (and Chongquin), we redesigned the cylinder heads, used forged pistons instead of cast, increased the compression ratio to 13.1: 1, shifted the crankpins of the vilo by 90 ° (they do not were not on the F 800), revised the exhaust and validated the switch to Euro5. The 6-speed gearbox engages via a new anti-drip clutch, softening the grip on the lever at the same time.
For young people allowed, a specific version with 95 full horsepower will be available for A2s. But it will not be possible to upgrade it to 105 nags.

With this mill and its updated performance, BMW has just passed Aprilia’s 900 Shiver; and take a closer look at the watts of the MT-09, Street Triple, Z 900 and GSX-S 750. However, less powerful than the hottest ones, will she experience it as a handicap? You might think so, except that the F 900 R has other strengths.

BMW F 900 R Starting with its chassis, which it shares in large part with its sister XR. This F has dropped the perimeter aluminum spars for a steel structure from the F 850 ​​GS. A few strokes of CAD and hammers adapt it to a more sporty behavior. The engine serves as a supporting element, while above it, the tank (13 liters) takes its place and inaugurates a new design because of welded plastic. Dixit BM, we gain 60% of weight. Good thing since the roadster has gained some grease this year.
Up front, there’s a 43mm inverted fork with 135mm of travel; without settings. The rear monoshock offers adjustment of rebound and preload, as well as 142mm of travel. Values ​​significantly increased since the ex-roadster 800 (125 mm front / rear), favoring an improved workspace for its suspensions, and a promise of more comfort. Comfort and sport will coexist: the driving position is tilted more forward, with a 15 mm forward handlebar and 5 mm back toe clips as long as 15 mm raised.
The F 900 R doesn’t just look more dynamic. His body also goes in this direction.

New generation also rhymes with updated electronics. Remember: the 800 had ABS and two Drive Modes as standard. ESA, ASC traction control and a third Driving Mode were optional.
With the 900, we change dimension. The 6.5-inch color TFT display gets you right in the mood. The graphics are really classy, ​​you can control it with your thumb with the Multi Controller ring, and you can connect it to your smartphone. This makes it possible to set up interactivities from the most practical (simplified GPS application, preparation and recording of routes, etc.) to the most entertaining (playing music or making phone calls).

Then there is equipment with up to 4 Riding Modes – Rain and Road as standard, Dynamic and Dynamic Pro as an option *. The ASC, which can be deactivated, is now standard. It turns into DTC Traction Control when you take the Pro Riding Modes option. A temptation seriously put forward because it also gives access to the management of the MSR engine brake, the dynamic control of the DBC brakes and the ABS Pro. And then, by taking the Active pack, an Up & Down shifter is also installed as well as an IMU inertial unit.
I’ll give you the details of the Riding Modes at the end. In the meantime, let’s stay in the options a bit with the curved lighting, the fiber optic daytime running lights, the keyless start, the semi-active ESA Dynamic rear damping, the emergency call, the cruise control. … In short, a robbery of the wallet.

BMW F 900 R We may have an army of chips that supervise driving, it is still the right handle that engages the braking. Next to it, the sport brake fluid reservoir has given way to a more road element. Then, dosage of the force, hoses, then two Brembo calipers with radial fixing push 4 pistons each on discs of 320 mm. The rear will be much more timid with 265 mm in diameter surrounded by a single piston. The dynamic brake light is there to warn that you are braking …. Yes, like all brake lights! But it flashes depending on the intensity of the braking.

Great efforts on the engine side, completely revised frame, increased equipment, much more seasoned design – the BMW F 900 R does better everywhere except on one point, the weight. We go from 202 kilos to 211. Well, we are not in an anvil, and the F 800 R series has always shown a good balance and remarkable versatility. But … it’s still 20 kilos more than an MT-09. And 1 less than a Z 900.
The F 900 R gives itself the means to attract customers from a very combative segment. Laughing is not the order of the day but much more pride.

The action of the Driving Modes:

– In “Rain” mode, the gas intake is flexible and the ABS Pro and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) systems take into account the state of the road in their adjustment characteristics, when the road is wet and therefore more slippery. New MSR engine brake torque regulation provides maximum assistance.

– The “Road” mode offers optimal throttle intake and the ABS Pro and DTC systems are able to provide optimum performance on all roads. The MSR is also in maximum position here.

BMW F 900 R– In “Dynamic Mode”, the sporty aspects of the F 900 R are felt with greater intensity. The engine tuning obeys an optimal gas intake and the DTC and ABS Pro systems are adapted to high friction coefficients on the road, the take-off detection for the front wheel and the rear wheel only intervenes later. The intervention of the MSR engine brake torque regulation is also reduced. The default setting for Dynamic ESA – as far as this function is available – is the “Dynamic” damper setting..

– The “Dynamic Pro” mode offers the very sporty rider all the possibilities to adapt the machine optimally to his own wishes and needs. Three throttle characteristics, three ABS settings and four DTC settings are available. The level of intervention of the regulation systems can thus be adapted according to wishes to a very sporty driving style, which can go as far as deactivating the take-off assistants and a very late intervention of all the regulation systems..

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      F 800 R 2019
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      • Max speed:
        sup 200 km / h
      • Acceleration
        0 to 100: 3.60 s
      • Consumption
        medium: 4.20 l

      The technical aspect

      BMW F 900 R 2020

      • Frame
      • Frame: tubular steel beam, carrier motor
      • Tank: 13 liters
      • Seat height: 815 mm
      • Length: 2,140 mm
      • Width: 815 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1,518 mm
      • Weight in running order: 211 kg
      • Train before
      • Telehydraulic inverted fork Ø 43 mm, deb: 135 mm
      • 2 discs Ø 320 mm, radial calipers with 4 pistons
      • Front wheel:

        – 17

      BMW F 900 R 2020 technical

      • Transmission
      • 6-speed gearbox
      • secondary by chain
      • Rear axle
      • Mono-shock, deb: 142 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 265 mm, 1 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        – 17

      • Motor
      • Twin cylinder
        in line
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: liquid
      • Injection Ø 48 mm
      • 2 ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 895 cc
        (86 x 77 mm)
      • 105
        at 8,500 rpm
      • 9.40 mkg
        at 6500 rpm
      • Compression: 13.1: 1
      • Crit’air:
      • Motorcycle accessible to A2 license or bridle at 47.5hp / 35 Kw

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