Rumours of BMW Motorrad working on a supersport version of the BMW G 310R have been doing the rounds for the past one year, but the German brand has been tight-lipped about its upcoming motorcycle. However, at the BMW Motorrad Days in Japan, the manufacturer showcased a faired sportbike called the G 310RR. The bike on display liberally borrowed its styling cues from the S1000RR superbike, including the sharp front end, gills on the fairing and the chiselled tail section.
Also, the concept bike has an overload of carbon fibre, as almost all the panels on the motorcycle, including the tank have been crafted from this lightweight material. This is in line with BMW’s desire to make carbon fibre more mainstream in motorcycles and the HP4 Race holds the distinction of the first production bike to feature carbon-fibre frame and wheels. Naturally, we don’t expect to see this make to production on a cost-sensitive, small-capacity motorcycle, but it could hint at what to expect on the next-generation S1000RR whose design was recently leaked.
While the G 310 R and the TVS Apache RR 310 have a side-slung exhaust, the G 310 RR concept had an underseat unit. The riding posture also looks sportier as the clip-on handlebars are lower set and the footpegs are slightly rear set. All these are, however, likely to change if this concept makes it to production. What looks more realistic are the suspension, brakes, and wheels that have been carried forward from the standard G 310 R.
The production version of the G 310 RR is expected to be showcased at the INTERMOT or EICMA motorcycle show later this year. If so, it could make its debut in our market by mid or late 2019 and it will compete against the KTM RC 390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, TVS Apache RR 310, Benelli 302R and the Yamaha R3.