the 77th edition of the Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori
(EICMA 2019) in Milan, Italy, BMW Motorrad showcased its entire range of 2020
motorcycles, along with a concept motorcycle. But what stood out in the
Harley-Davidson stand were the BMW F 900 XR, the BMW F 900R and the Concept R
18 /2 Custom Cruiser.
BMW F 900 XR:
The acronym "XR" does not lie. The new 900 is the second component
belonging to the BMW Adventure Sports family. Based on the new twin-cylinder
platform shared with the “R” model, the BMW F 900 XR features a dynamic yet
comfortable riding. This new steed is equipped with 270° twin-cylinder inline
895 cc engine capable of 105 hp and 92 Nm maximum torque. It comes with unique
high specification from a technical point of view, such as adaptive cornering
light, connectivity features and various Riding Modes. It will be also
available in a 48cc version suitable for beginners with A2 driving license.
BMW F 900 R:
The BMW F 900 R has been completely redesign from the ground up. As a matter of
fact BMW technicians revamped not only the GS range but also its F 900R
mid-sized naked, in order to obtain the perfect dynamic balance between
performance and lightness. Compared to that of the GS, the engine of the F 900R
increases in displacement up to 895 cc and capable of 105 hp while it continues
to adopt the usual layout. The frame is a first. The suspensions are new and
the possibility of adopting (only at the rear) the ESA semi-active suspension
system is confirmed. The F 900 R is equipped with two Riding Modes while the
“Pro" Riding Modes are offered as optional. This machine will be also
available in a new 35 kW version, suitable for riders with an A2 driver's
Concept R 18 /2
Custom Cruiser: The BMW Motorrad
Concept R 18 – a purist, historically inspired version of the big boxer – was
presented by the BMW Group at the Concorso d'Eleganza in the Villa d'Este at
Lake Como in the early summer. Six months later, at EICMA the company presented
its second sensational concept bike based on a big boxer engine: the BMW
Motorrad Concept R 18 /2 (pronounced: “Slash Two”). It is the stylistic
opposite of the Concept R 18: a modern, dynamic custom cruiser with a
performance appeal that is somewhat rougher round the edges.
New BMW S 1000 XR:
The new BMW S 1000 RR saw its world premiere at the EICMA 2019. The new edition
of the best-selling Adventure Sport bike is radically lighter and more agile,
as well as achieving an unprecedented combination of long-distance performance
and sports capabilities. With a completely newly developed engine and
suspension and a DIN unladen weight of 226 kg – 10 kg less than its predecessor
when adjusted for equipment – the S 1000 XR opens up a whole new dimension in
the Adventure Sport segment. The new S 1000 XR advances the sports to touring
range in its own distinctive new way, leaving nothing to be desired – not least
because it has the following standard features on board: Dynamic ESA, riding
modes Pro, ABS Pro & DTC, Hill Start Control Pro, a perfectly readable 6.5”
TFT screen complete with connectivity and full LED lighting. Newly developed
engine weighing 5 kg less and based on the S 1000 RR, with adapted gear ratios,
further increased mid-range power and engine drag torque control (MSR). The
newly developed in-line 4-cylinder engine is based on the S 1000 RR engine and
delivers an output of 165 hp at 11,000 rpm. The maximum torque of 114 Nm is
available at 9,250 rpm.
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