A Closer Look at the 2020 BMW F 900 R

 BMW F 900 R

According to Motorrad project manager, Michael Zweck, the 2020 BMW F 900 R was designed to offer riders a “precise, intuitive, and dynamic, offering purist riding fun,”  Indeed, as far as middleweight sport bikes go, you’d be hard pressed to find one to compare to the 2020 F 900 R, and believe me, many have tried. But pound per pound, there’s no beating the substance and sublime handling of this remarkably agile and fast sport bike. Even though it carries a curb weight of 465 pounds, which is a bit heavy for a sport bike. riders attest to the power and agility of the 2020 BMW F 900 R, being second to none. Built specifically for handling twisting country roads, to going all out on pavement crunching straight-aways, this Beemer is guaranteed to provide you with heart pumping, adrenaline carved action, as well as serene, restful weekend rides. In short, its got it all.

1. A User-Friendly Interface Delivers a Personalized Ride

Nowadays, connectivity is a must, and the designers of the 2020 BMW F 900 R knew this, so incorporated a user friendly interface you can easily interact with. First, there’s the 6.5 inch TFT display on the dash. The TFT display allows you to check on the status of your bike, dynamic traction controls, lap times, tire pressure monitoring and more. Next, you’ve got smartphone connectivity, which is handled by the BMS Motorrad Connectivity app. In short, a pretty sweet addition for a sporty, mid-range BMW bike.

2. Improved Ergonomics Takes Your Ride to a New Level

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When it comes to overall design and comfort for a mid-range sport bike, the design team at BMW has you covered. This agile, swift bike provides both seasoned and novice riders alike, an unprecedented ride due to its innovative technology. First, the design is just made for sport bike enthusiasts, with a triangular, forward position riding and foot controls posed .59 inches more to the rear. Next, they moved the handlebar forward about an inch. Seat variants include regular, high, and extra high.  This, coupled with a wider and more comfortable saddle, mean that you’ll feel the speed and control of a track racer, while remaining upright during the ride.

3. It’s 895cc Liquid Cooled Parallel Twin Engine was Outsourced

In order to keep the total price under $9,000, BMW decided to outsource the manufacture of their 895cc parallel twin engine to Loncin, China. However, don’t let that put you off, as the engine was designed by BMW’s very own team of hardcore engineers. True, it’s still the same F 850 G5 parallel twin powerplant, but the BMW designers did make some crucial improvements. For instance, they switched up the cylinder head to an eight-valve DOHC cylinder head, forged pistons bumped up the compression ratio to 13.1:1, and did a redo on the fuel mapping. So now, you get an engine that runs at 99 hp/8,500 rpm. Not too shabby for a BMW sport bike raking in under $9,000 naked.

4. The 2020 BMW F 900 R Sports a New Frame

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Out with the old and in with the new. The 2020 BMW F 900 R tossed the frame sported by its predecessor, the F 800 R, and switched it up to an all new, steel trellis frame and new subframe.  The steel shell construction is hollow, taking away some of the weight, while still providing a tough, durable, and rigid bridge frame. The visibility of the frame is somewhat camouflaged due to the blackout treatment given it. The new frame accentuates the bikes sporty, triangular design giving the rider a forward leaning position, while still keeping the rider basically upright. Other enhancements include moving the footpegs back, placing the gas tank between the riders legs, and moving the grips forward about an inch.

5. Riding Modes Pro

The BMW 2020 F 900 R offers you a nice little treat designed to raise your ride to a new level, and it’s called the Riding Modes Pro option. Does it cost extra? Yes, but if you’re a seasoned rider, the benefits clearly outweigh the extra cost of $350. The Riding Pro Modes option is designed to upgrade the bikes performance, adding Dynamic and Dynamic Pro ride modes, along with cornering ABS, Dynamic Brake Control, Dynamic Traction Control and MSR which refers to Engine Drag Torque Control. You also get a Dynamic electronic suspension for your rear.

6. Cornering Headlight Function Option

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This is particularly good news for those night riders out there. First, the 2020 BMW F 900 R comes with a brilliantly bright LED headlamp.  But that’s not all, as BMW has included a cornering headlight option called Headlight Pro, and what this does is automatically direct the beam of light in the direction you’re cornering. This way, there’s less chance of you coming across any incoming surprises, as it illuminates the inbound road, so you’re visuals remain intact. This is a great option to explore and think about when ordering your BMW F 900 R.

7. Two Selectable Ride Modes

The 2020 BMW F 900 R comes with the ride modes standard: Rain and Road. These come equipped with preselected throttle response, traction control, ASC and ABS.  Modes provide various engine calibrations, as well as ASC response. Know that if you wish, you can switch off the ABS and ASC. The designers made these modes easy to control by placing them on the right handlebar, so with a simple push of a button, you’re up and running in your favorite mode for the ride.

8. BMW: Build Your Own 2020 BMW F 900 R

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So, how do you like the bike so far? If you’ve just met the sporty roadster of your dreams, don’t call your dealer just yet. That’s because BMW offers you the ability to build your own 2020 BMW F 900 R.  So, lets go over the steps so you have an idea. First, you get to select your base color. Choose either San Marino Blue Metallic, Black Storm metallic or Style Sport. Next, select your package. You also get storage options, design options, safety options, navigation and communication options, and ergonomics and comfort options. Last but not least, standard equipment.

9. Handling is Accentuated via the Bridgestone Battlax S21 Tires

Superior traction is provided by the road-tested Bridgestone Battlax S21 Tire. This tire is just build for sport bikes, offering you the type of grip you’d expect from a track racer. Made to provide a secure and stable ride at top speeds, the Battlax S21 tire is the perfect choice when it comes to complimenting the legendary traction provided by BMW, as it’s been designed for riders who enjoy competitive racing, or simply those who are aggressive riders. Bridgestone’s very own, patented, Ultimat Eye Tech was used for the rear bike tire, ensuring a longer life by resisting wear and tear.

10. Superior Stopping Power Provided by Brembo

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There’s no doubt about it, without superior braking ability–braking ability that is sensitive and under your control, speed and handling don’t amount to much. That’s why BMW went straight to Brembo to provide the braking system. Brembo is a world leader when it comes to providing braking systems for professional riders who compete in events such as the MotoGP, and World Superbike Championship.  For the 2020 BMW F 900 R, the front brakes are radial mount, 4 piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS. As for the rear, you get 1 piston floating caliper, 265mm disc with ABS.

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