This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the BMW F 900 R, BMW’s 2020+ standard/naked bike sport, sold alongside the F 900 XR.
The BMW F 900 R is powered by an 895cc parallel-twin with a 270-degree crank — the same engine that powers its adventure tourer sibling.
It makes the same 77 kW (103 hp) of power at 8500 rpm and is tuned for mid-range torque. Maintenance is much the same, though the F 900 R has fewer external pivot points to lube than the XR (e.g., you’re less likely to have this bike with a centre stand… though you still might).
As a naked bike, the F 900 R sits alongside other premium middleweight nakeds like Yamaha’s MT-09 and the Ducati Monster. But what’s interesting is that the F 900 R is available from a competitively low price, despite BMW’s premium brand. Middleweights are where it’s at!
The F 900 R’s engine is liquid-cooled and has a chain drive, like the long-standing F 800 R that it replaced. (But no belt-drive options like on the F 800 ST and so on.)
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BMW F 900 R Service Intervals
Basically, the service intervals for the BMW F 900 R are as follows:
- Every 6000 mi / 10000 km or annually: Change the oil/filter and check everything.
- Every year: Do the BMW standard annual service (a long checklist of items). Do this irrespective of distance.
- Every 12000 mi / 20000 km: Check the valve clearances, and replace spark plugs and air filter
- Every 18000 mi / 30000 km: Change the oil in the forks
This is aside from keeping other fluids (brake fluid, coolant) up to date.
What you need to service the BMW F 900 R
Servicing a BMW F 900 R is within the ability of the home mechanic (maybe after it’s out of warranty anyway… but it’s your call!). It’s a naked bike and the work is not complex, especially for oil changes.
Aside from basic motorcycle maintenance tools, you need the following items to do a service on your BMW F 900R.
|Part||BMW F 900 R spec|
|Oil||BMW recommends SAE 5W-40, API SL / ASO MA2, without additives (e.g. molybdenum-based) as “they can attack coated components of the engine”. BMW recommends BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil. Castrol Power RS 5W-40 is an alternative.|
|Oil filter||The oil filter for a F 900 R is a Mahle type and is equivalent to part number HF164.|
|Air filter||The K&N part for the air filter is BM-8518. There are also air filters from Sprint and DNA that are more affordable than OEM but they’re less available.|
|Coolant||Use BMW coolant, which is ethylene glycol-based and a long-life formula. Make sure to dilute it with distilled water you get from a local hardware store.|
|Spark plug||The manual calls for an NGK LMAR9J-9E spark plug, which is specific to BMW Motorrad and a bit hard to find online.|
|Chain maintenance||Keep your chain lubricated and clean! A product called Motul chain paste is quite popular, easy to carry, and mess-free.|
|Keyless fob battery||Always good to carry a spare… annoying when they run out. CR2032, cheap for a pack of four.|
|Brake fluid||Use only DOT 4 brake fluid like Castrol DOT 4.|
|Grease||Grease external pivot points with lithium soap-based grease.|
Maintenance schedule for the BMW F 900 R
Below is the full maintenance schedule for the BMW F 900 R. This was copied from the manual (you can see a pic of it below), and formatted slightly to fit the screen.
- You have to do the “Standard service scope” every year. It’s one line-item in the schedule, but the full service scope is below.
- Valve clearance intervals are every 20000 km / 12000 miles and it should be a not-too-difficult job considering there’s just two cylinders.
- The below maintenance schedule is cut short to avoid repetition. Keep following it in the pattern shown.
|BMW Running-in check||X|
|BMW Service Annual Service (see below)||Every 12 months|
|Engine oil change, with filter (BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate, HF164)||X||X||X||X||X||Every 12 months|
|Check valve clearances||X||X|
|Replace all spark plugs (LMAR9J-9E)||X||X|
|Replace air filter insert (BM-8518)||X||X|
|Oil change in the telescopic forks||X|
|Change brake fluid, entire system (Castrol DOT 4)||After 12 months, then then every 24 months|
Standard Annual service (“Standard service scope”) for the BMW F 900 R
Below is the “standard service scope” as mentioned in the manual, to be performed at run-in and then annually, regardless of distance.
I’ve marked things that dealers do with a “D”.
|BMW F 900 R standard service items|
|Check coolant level (BMW Coolant to top up)|
|Check/adjust clutch play|
|Check front brake pads and brake discs for wear|
|Check rear brake pads and brake disc for wear|
|Check brake-fluid level, front and rear (Castrol DOT 4)|
|Visually inspect the brake lines, brake hoses and connections|
|Check tyre pressures and tread depth|
|Check and lubricate chain drive (Motul chain paste)|
|Check side stand’s ease of movement (lithium soap-based grease)|
|Check ease of movement of the centre stand (lithium soap-based grease)|
|Check steering-head bearing|
|Check the lights and signalling equipment|
|Function test, engine start suppression|
|Final inspection and check for road safety|
|Check battery charge state|
|[D] Perform vehicle test with BMW Motorrad diagnostic system|
|[D] Set service-due date and service countdown distance|
|[D] Confirm BMW service in on-board literature|
Tyre sizes and pressures for the BMW F 900 R
Below are the tyre size specs and recommended tyre pressures for the BMW F 900 R.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 ZR 17||2.5 bar (36 psi)|
|Rear||180/55 ZR 17||2.9 bar (42 psi)|
About the BMW F 900 R
The BMW F 900 R is a standard/naked type motorcycle from BMW. It sits in between several other standards/naked bikes from the brand. It’s not a lazy country bike, like the air/oil-cooled R nineT range, nor is it a fire-breathing sport bike like the BMW S 1000 R. It’s closer to the latter, but a more sedate version.
The BMW F 900 R in most markets comes with a ton of options, including specs all the way up to cruise control and dynamic suspension.
But the engine of the F 900 R is where you’re likely paying attention. It’s a lively, low-maintenance engine that is in that perfect sweet spot of power for a middleweight naked that you can really use on the streets — somewhere between 90 and 120 hp.
The 895 cc parallel-twin makes 77 kW (103 hp) per the manual and doesn’t rev to the moon to get there — peak torque comes on at 6500 rpm, with most of that being available much lower.
And the motor has just enough rumbly character to remind you that you’re on a motorcycle — the 270-degree crankshaft gives it that slight lump/rasp that is quite different to the older parallel twins, which tried to mimic the sound and feel of the boxer twin.
In some ways, the BMW F 900 R took over from the Husqvarna Nuda 900 that BMW made around a decade prior. The Nuda 900 was a livelier, higher-spec, and sportier BMW F 800 R. BMW has taken it one step further with the F 900 R, with a much more character-ful engine.
In stock form, the BMW F 900 R is quite muted, and doesn’t have the same aggressive character as the S 1000 R with its often factory-fitted Akrapovič cans.
The BMW F 900 R’s engine a long-stroke twin that makes torque from down low. It’s powerful, but not overwhelming, the kind of engine that’ll easily take you to 150 km/h and eventually up to over 200 km/h — but this isn’t a bike you’d take to the drag strip or even keep at freeway speeds for TOO long (without a windshield of some kind). At least you can get cruise control on it (in most markets).
Even though the BMW F 900 R is lighter than the F 900 XR and shares the same engine, it’s marginally slower as doesn’t have the aerodynamic benefits. That’s the disadvantage of a naked bike — when doing highway speeds or a quarter-mile, anyway.
The F 900 platform is somewhat unique in the middleweight naked category. The only other parallel twins (at time of launch) were in the MT-07 and Tuono 660, and both of those are smaller motorcycles. There’s the Yamaha triple, and the F900 is not quite as rev-happy as that.
There’s also the Ducati Monster 821 or the new-for-2021 Ducati Monster with the 937cc engine, but that’s a V-twin — again, another kettle of fish.
What’s really tantalising about the F 900 R is that it’s not expensive. You don’t pay an exorbitant fee just for the marque. So, the F 900 R is actually cheaper in base trim in many markets than its direct competitors.
Things get more complicated when you add in optional Dynamic ESA to the F 900 R and electronic suspension to the alternatives, too — but still, the BMW pricing is very competitive.
Reference Screenshots from the Manual for the BMW F 900 R
The above came from the manual for the 2021 BMW F 900 R. You can see a screenshot below.
You can download the manual for the bike directly from BMW Motorrad here.