Across the globe, motorcycle manufacturers are using mid-displacement bikes to reverse a gradual decline of interest in two-wheelers caused by decades of evermore intimidating and pricey models. The success of the made-in-India KTM 390 Duke and RC in the European and American markets highlights both the importance of this class of motorcycle as well as the make-in-India-sell-worldwide formula. Although BMW walked into this party well after KTM, it is clear the fun has only just begun and the G 310 R is ready to strut in fine style.
The G 310 R has been seen on test at various occasions in India and the latest set of spy pictures reveal that the bike is almost ready to hit showrooms, with the launch set for October.
Going by the styling, it is clear that BMW is playing it safe, which is strange when you consider that quirkiness is a BMW hallmark. Then there are the specs – 313cc of displacement, 34hp of power and a kerb weight of 158kg. These figures won't worry the competition or send enthusiasts rushing for their cheque books, but if the G 310 R can emulate the sophistication and refinement of BMW’s bigger motorcycles, it will be a very interesting proposition indeed. Good ride comfort and everyday rideability should tempt riders who want a well-rounded motorcycle to swing a leg over.
Don’t mistake the G 310 R for a dull performer though. The short-stroke, single-cylinder engine’s layout is reversed (the cylinder inclines towards the rear wheel and the exhaust exits from the rear) to create a more compact motorcycle and optimise weight distribution. This has all-round benefits as it allows for a longer swingarm for greater stability while keeping the wheelbase tight for better manoeuvrability. USD front forks, monoshock rear, ABS-equipped 310mm disc brakes are some of the essentials in this class and the BMW has them and will surely wow when thrown around twisty bits of tarmac.
Expect the BMW G 310 R to go on sale in India in the coming months with prices starting at Rs 1.8 lakh (ex-showroom)