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- The BMW F 850 R borrows its design cues from the R 1250 R and the BMW Roadster concept.
- It gets a sleek LED headlight, LED tail light and a semi-digital instrument console.
- The F 850 R will be powered by the 853cc, parallel-twin motor that’s seen on the BMW F 850 GS.
- Expect the bike to be showcased at EICMA on 5 November.
We had earlier reported that BMW had plans of unveiling four new motorcycles at EICMA this year. While we’re confident that one of them was a cruiser, the R18 to be precise, the rest of the three bikes were purely speculative. Now though leaked patent images suggest that the second bike in the lineup could be the all-new BMW F 850 R.
There’s a lot that seems to have gone into the roadster, from an all-new design to a parallel-twin motor borrowed from the F 850 GS that’s currently on sale in India. That said, we could expect the engine to be Euro5 compliant. Let’s not forget, BMW pioneered electronic rider aids on production bikes, so to have a few of them on the F 850 R wouldn’t be surprising. As for the motor, the 853cc, parallel-twin unit that powers the F 850 GS produces 90PS of power at 8,000rpm and 86Nm of peak torque at 6,250rpm.
On the design front, the bike draws inspiration from the R 1250 R and the BMW Roadster concept showcased a couple of years ago. The outcome is an aggressive design language with a well-sculpted tank and sharp tank extensions. Then there’s the sleek all-LED headlight that sits lower and closer to the fork. The images also showcase a semi-digital instrument console. However, it highly likely that a full-digital unit may be offered as an optional extra just like the F 850 GS. This also suggests that the BMW F 850 R could be offered in two variants.
Also Read: All-new BMW R 1250 R And RT Launched In India
Pan to the rear and you’d notice a stubby tail section that looks like a sportier derivation of the G 310 R. The redesigned exhaust had been moved to the right-hand side of the bike and looks a lot smaller compared to the bulky unit on the existing bike sold overseas.
At present, the BMW F 850 R is only available in the international market, however, we could expect the bike to be offered in India in the first half of 2020. This will also give the Bavarian brand to compete in the growing mid-displacement streetfighter segment which currently occupied by the KTM 790 Duke, the Suzuki GSX-S 750, Kawasaki Z900 and the soon to be launched 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS. Expect the F 850 R to be priced around Rs 12.5 lakh (ex-showroom).