The wait is finally over. BMW is all set to launch the G 310 series on July 18th. BMW has been producing bike in India itself from 2017, but we finally will be able to get our hands on. It’s the BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS. One is for city riders while other is for off roaders. BMW acknowledged small engine sports bike potential in fastest growing economies and after so many board meetings and quality checks, finally tied up with TVS motors for small capacity bikes. One had experience of producing finest quality engines while other one is emerging in small engine sports oriented bikes. But for bikers on a budget, it’s a match made in heaven.
One can clearly see that both bike has same heart, but different body. R series will be focused on city riding and road touring mainly, while GS series will be for off road capable riding.
The heart of the G 310 is the 313 cc fuel-injected, four-valve single, sending a claimed 34 horsepower to the six-speed transmission and chain final drive. BMW reversed the single from the normal configuration, putting the intake in front and the exhaust at the rear and tilting the cylinder backwards slightly. This allowed engineers to move the engine further forward in the steel-tube chassis, make the swing arm longer and keep the weight distribution an even 50 percent on each wheel with a short 54-inch wheelbase. It also makes the exhaust shorter, which helps the catalytic converter heat up faster so the bike can meet emissions standards.
G 310 R: street fighter
G 310 R is aimed at city driving, gets upside down 41 mm shocks at front. It gets dual channel non-switchable ABS, adding to safety. Brakes are good enough and made by brembo, able to handle such lightweight bike perfectly. It gets O ring chain drive, with power transferred by 17 inch wheels front and back. Michelin tyres gives good contact in turns.
Its shorter wheelbase gives maneuverability in tight turns, funs of flicking bike in corner. It has 34 hp at engine, almost transferring 31.4 hp to wheels, its fun to ride definitely. Engine loves to rev until 10000 rpm redliner. But also delivers good torque and power at range of 3500 rpm. It can handle city curves and highway curves beautifully, while giving you confidence to ride whenever you want. It has got sharp handling and quick launches.
G310 GS : legendary off-roader in smaller package
G310 GS lives up to expectations built by legendary R1200GS. It has derived raised long range travel suspensions bigger than 310 R, It has got 180 mm suspensions. It gets windscreen to give aerodynamic benefit in long range. It has got engine bash plate so don’t worry t throw it on rocky roads. It gets Z ring drive, switchable dual channel ABS, same brakes as 310 r. It gets different tyre setup. Block pattern metzellers tyres. Also front tyre is 19 inch to handle it good, while rear tyre has bigger wall than 310 r to help balance it and have some extra air cushioning. Metzeller tyres do give confidence of riding off-road and on-road on this version.
G 310 GS has soul of off-roader, handles any terrain adequately, with nice round clearance which lets bike stay upside. It has got 1420 mm longer wheel base which means more comfort and great off-roading capability. It is 70 mm longer, 30 mm wider, 150 mm heighted and 11 kg higher in weight compared to 310 r sibling.
Pricing and Rivals
The G 310’s have a new language of biking and is expected to retune the Indian Biking with its first budget, yet performance oriented bikes. BMW Motorrad has been eyeing this segment since long and with the launch of the G 310 twin BMW is expected to rev up with good number of sales and more presence in Indian market. The bookings are already on going with an amount of Rs. 50,000 at any authorized dealer. Although the dates for launch are yet to be announced. While the prices would be disclosed on the launch. Although, it is expected to be priced between 3.30 lakhs to 3.5 Lakhs
The G 310 R would have direct rival with the successfully running KTM Duke 390 and Bajaj Dominar 400. On the other hand, the GS 310 GS would rival against the RE Himalayan. Well the other rivals who aren’t direct although could come in thoughts of some who is buying 300 CC class motorcycle would be, Yamaha YZF R3, TVS Apache RR 310, Benelli TNT 300 and Kawasaki Ninja 300.
- Mileage : Expected Around 30 km/l
- Top Speed : 144 km/hr
- Engine CC : 313cc, Single-Cylinder
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