BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS: 5 things to know

21st Apr 2018 8:00 am

We list out five things you need to know about BMW’s 313cc siblings, the sport-naked 310 R and adventure-tourer 310 GS.

BMW’s sport-naked 310 R and adventure-tourer 310 GS are back in the news. BMW Motorrad dealers in Pune, Kerala and Chennai have begun accepting bookings for bikes, although there is no official communication from the company regarding the same. That being said, rumours regarding the India debut of these motorcycles have been making the rounds for quite some time now. However, BMW has confirmed an India launch sometime early in the second half of this year, so here are five things you need to know about the bikes.

Made in India
The G 310 R and G 310 GS have both gone into production at TVS' Hosur plant and are currently being sold in European and US markets. The sport-naked 310 R was supposed to go on sale in India in 2017 but the company delayed the launch so that it could set up a decent dealership base to handle the expected demand. The German bike maker had showcased both, the G 310 R and G 310 GS at the 2018 Auto Expo. Though the G 310 R was also shown earlier at the 2016 Auto Expo, this year’s expo marked the GS’ India debut. Since they have been around from quite some time, we are quite familiar with their designs. The 310 R, being a sport-naked, has a muscular tank, angular headlamp and compact dimensions. On the other hand, the baby GS inherits its family styling, including the stubby front beak, radiator shrouds and headlamp cowl.

Launch & pricing
As we told you earlier, some BMW Motorrad dealers have begun accepting bookings for the G 310 R and G 310 GS, though there is no official communication from the company. All three dealers have told us that the booking amount is set at Rs 50,000 for both bikes. There is no word on the price but, according to the above mentioned dealers, the G 310 R is expected to be priced at around Rs 3 lakh, while the G 310 GS will be priced around Rs 3.5 lakh (both prices, on-road).

Dealers also suggested that sales will begin sometime in the June-July period, with deliveries set to begin after that. Information regarding the booking amount and pricing has been obtained from dealerships and we are yet to hear from BMW Motorrad. Unfortunately, BMW has already overshot numerous expected launch dates in India for these models.

Engine
Like the TVS Apache RR 310, the G 310 R and G 310 GS use a reversed-cylinder design that slopes towards the rear wheel, instead of the conventional engine layout. The upside of this layout is that it creates space for a longer rear swingarm while keeping the wheelbase relatively short. This engine is a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder unit with four valves and a DOHC cylinder head. It churns out 34hp and 28Nm of torque on both bikes, which is also identical to the Apache RR 310. The engine is paired to a six-speed gearbox and both the R and GS have a claimed top speed of 143kph.

Chassis
At the front, the GS gets an upside-down 41mm fork just like R, however at 180mm, the GS has 40mm more travel than the latter. While the front suspension is non-adjustable on both bikes, the rear monoshocks do boast adjustable preload. Both bikes also get tubular steel frames, five-spoke alloy wheels and ABS. With a 300mm front disc and 240mm rear disc, the brakes on both BMWs are identical as well. We wish the G 310 GS would have a larger fuel tank, but it has the same 11-litre capacity as the G 310 R. The kerb weights for the G 310 R and G 310 GS are 158.5kg and 169.5kg, respectively.

Competition
The sport-naked G 310 R’s only direct rival is KTM’s 390 Duke, which is the case internationally as well. However with an expected price of Rs 3 lakh (on-road, India) the bike can also compete with the more expensive, twin-cylinder bikes like Kawasaki’s Z250 (Rs 3.08 lakh) and the Benelli TNT 300 (Rs 3.43 lakh). (Prices ex-showroom, Delhi)

At Rs 3.5 lakh (on-road, India) the adventure-tourer G 310 GS has no direct competition. The only other single-cylinder adventure bike available in India is the Royal Enfield Himalayan FI which is priced at Rs 1.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other end of the spectrum, however, there is Kawasaki’s Versys-X 300 with an unreasonably high price tag of Rs 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom).

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