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    New F bike models

    Does anyone know when the new F900R and F900XR models will be hitting the dealers? Also, were they exhibited at the New York International motoshow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrencecarlson View Post
    Does anyone know when the new F900R and F900XR models will be hitting the dealers? Also, were they exhibited at the New York International motoshow?
    A big maybe , summertime ? Canada web site has the R but not the XR now. They still list the F800GT too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrencecarlson View Post
    Does anyone know when the new F900R and F900XR models will be hitting the dealers? Also, were they exhibited at the New York International motoshow?
    Are you considering one of the new models as a replacement for your F700GS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vark View Post
    Are you considering one of the new models as a replacement for your F700GS?
    No, I really like my GS, which I bought after an extended test ride (about 900 miles on a rented F700GS on a Northern California tour). It does everything I need it to do really well. If I didnít already have it though, I would probably be considering the F900XR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrencecarlson View Post
    No, I really like my GS, which I bought after an extended test ride (about 900 miles on a rented F700GS on a Northern California tour). It does everything I need it to do really well. If I didnít already have it though, I would probably be considering the F900XR.
    Gotcha. I was curious because I am looking for an F650/700GS and was wondering what you might have seen in the F900XR that would cause you to swap.

    The new F twins are certainly interesting. But I am still waiting for confirmation as to whether the F900s are using a Chinese Lorcim engine like the F750/850GS models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vark View Post
    Gotcha. I was curious because I am looking for an F650/700GS and was wondering what you might have seen in the F900XR that would cause you to swap.

    The new F twins are certainly interesting. But I am still waiting for confirmation as to whether the F900s are using a Chinese Lorcim engine like the F750/850GS models.
    From Rider magazine:

    ĒBMW surprised us with two new mid-range models, the 2020 F 900 R and the F 900 XR, both based around a slightly enlarged version of the parallel twin released last year that powers the F 850 GS.ď
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    FWIW I won't consider any new F bike until a service manual is made available to owners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawrencecarlson View Post
    From Rider magazine:

    ĒBMW surprised us with two new mid-range models, the 2020 F 900 R and the F 900 XR, both based around a slightly enlarged version of the parallel twin released last year that powers the F 850 GS.ď
    The F850GS uses a chinese designed/built Lorcim engine. ďBased onĒ isnít exactly definitive, but it does suggest BMW is again sourcing Lorcim engines for these new F900 bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vark View Post
    The F850GS uses a chinese designed/built Lorcim engine. “Based on” isn’t exactly definitive, but it does suggest BMW is again sourcing Lorcim engines for these new F900 bikes.
    Yep. From Motorcyclist:

    “As noted in the preview of the new F 900 R, the F 900 XR benefits from a newly developed 895cc parallel-twin engine with an eight-valve, DOHC cylinder head. The mill was first introduced in the 2018 F 850 GS...”
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    Quote Originally Posted by vark View Post
    Gotcha. I was curious because I am looking for an F650/700GS and was wondering what you might have seen in the F900XR that would cause you to swap.

    The new F twins are certainly interesting. But I am still waiting for confirmation as to whether the F900s are using a Chinese Lorcim engine like the F750/850GS models.

    Is there something to infer regarding BMW's engine manufacturing source being Chinese? What might that be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    Is there something to infer regarding BMW's engine manufacturing source being Chinese? What might that be?
    What I infer is that we have a global economy and most major manufactureres source components from across the globe. Sometimes they get crap. If they do their quality control program sucks. If the design is good and ythe QC is good, desirable stuff can come from many countries.

    I am old enough to remember when everything that came from Japan was labeled crap even though it wasn't. Today we seek out those Japanese cameras, electronics, and cars. Today it is India, China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, and others that folks scorn, eventually to their own dismay I predict.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioFlyer View Post
    FWIW I won't consider any new F bike until a service manual is made available to owners.

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    I have always seen bike (vehicle) first and a year later manuals- on first year introductions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I have always seen bike (vehicle) first and a year later manuals- on first year introductions

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    On other fora it is said that the service manual only exists online for dealer service staff and not available otherwise and will remain so. One can always hope I suppose but until it happens I will avoid these bikes. I am a firm believer in doing one's own maintenance and repairs wherever possible. Information of this sort should not be withheld from those laying out their hard earned bucks to buy the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    Is there something to infer regarding BMW's engine manufacturing source being Chinese? What might that be?
    No need to infer anything. I will state it very plainly: Like a lot of people, I donít want to buy a BMW motorcycle with a chinese designed and built engine from Lorcim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    What I infer is that we have a global economy and most major manufactureres source components from across the globe. Sometimes they get crap. If they do their quality control program sucks. If the design is good and ythe QC is good, desirable stuff can come from many countries.

    I am old enough to remember when everything that came from Japan was labeled crap even though it wasn't. Today we seek out those Japanese cameras, electronics, and cars. Today it is India, China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, and others that folks scorn, eventually to their own dismay I predict.

    BMW didnít source these engines from Lorcim because itís better than their own designs or those they sourced from Rotax in Austria. They didnít study the Lorcim design and conclude it would be more durable or reliable, or had a better power/weight ratio (Lorcimís engines are notoriously heavy). And they didnít even source the engine from China because itís cheaper so they could pass along the savings to their customers.

    The only reason there is a chinese Lorcim engine in these bikes is because BMW was pressured by chinese trade officials to increase chinese content or risk having limits placed on their access to chinese markets. Itís a standard strong arm tactic chinese trade officials are increasingly employing against many manufacturers across many industries. Some manufacturers have refused to do this, others like BMW have caved to the pressure.

    Apparently BMW concluded access to the markets in communist china was more important than lost sales in other markets from sourcing a chinese engine. Only time will tell.

    For those who are apologists for the chinese Lorcim engines now used by BMW in their F-series bikes (F750GS, F850GS, F900s)... Imagine the shrieks of ridicule and derision that would be all over this forum if instead of BMW it was Harley Davidson that was sourcing chinese Lorcim engines for their bikes!

    What if BMW decides to outsource all BMW motorcycle engines, swapping them for chinese designed and built engines? No more german-built horizontally opposed engines, or in-lines. No more austrian parallel twins. Would you feel the same sense of pride of ownership? Would you feel you were buying a German motorcycle?

    I wouldn't. But if youíre fine with that, have at it. My hope is enough buyers will shun these BMW F-Series bikes with chinese Lorcim engines to make BMW reconsider their decision.

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