BMW G 310 R and GS – First Ride Review

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BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS - First Ride Review
BMW G 310 GS

The BMW G 310 R and GS finally launched in India after a series of expectations and rumors. We finally got to test these bikes and here are our impressions.

All the hype was quickly washed down when the price was revealed. At INR 2.99 lakh for the G 310 R and INR 3.49 lakh for the G 310 GS, they are priced on the higher side in that category. In comparison, the KTM Duke 390 costs INR 20 thousand less than G 310 R. The TVS Apache RR 310, which shares the same engine as the BMW twins among other things, costs a whopping 60 thousand less. Although, the pricing is definitely better than the ridiculously priced Kawasaki Versys X300 which costs INR 4.67 lakh. 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is also priced at INR 2.98 lakh which makes it a direct competitor to the G 310 R. G 310 GS, on the other hand, remains unique in the market at least until the launch of the KTM 390 adventure.

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You can read more about the launch notes here

BMW G 310 R and GS - First Ride Review
BMW G 310 R

Design

At this price, everyone will expect both the motorcycle to look their best. And they do. The G 310 R gets chunky and muscular fuel tank. The unique taillight design also stands out. The BMW badge on the tank is an eye-candy. The gold painted front forks are the same as the ones on the TVS Apache RR 310. Many design cues are taken by its bigger counterpart – the S1000R. The front tank shrouds are big and balance the proportions well. The simple triangular shaped headlights are minimalistic and blend well with the rest of the bike.

BMW G 310 R and GS - First Ride Review
Tail section

The G 310 GS looks much bigger than the R. It is a lot taller and a bit wider. It can be a little intimidating to shorter riders. G 310 GS looks like a scaled-down version of the bigger R 1200 GS. The seat height is a massive 835mm in contrast to the 785mm on the R. The seating position is upright and the foot pegs are forward biased which makes it a perfect tourer. The big aluminium luggage rack on the end is an added bonus. The small windscreen on the front does not offer much wind protection but allows for a better view. It provides a moderate level of wind protection but does not obstruct the view in any way. The side panels on the GS is completely different from the R to give it a more ADV look. Both the bikes hold 11-liters of fuel. It would be better for the GS to have a bigger fuel tank considering its touring capabilities. The alloy design is also the same on both the bikes. GS gets a 19-inch front alloy and 17 inch rear against 17-inch front and rear on the R.

BMW G 310 R and GS - First Ride Review
G 310 GS luggage rack

Engine and Ride

Both the BMW G 310 R and GS get a 313cc single cylinder, water cooled engine. It produces 33bhp (at 9600 RPM) and 28Nm torque (at 7500 RPM). The 4-valve engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. It has a top speed rating of 143kmph. It misses out on slipper clutch which is present in its competition, KTM.

BMW G 310 R and GS - First Ride Review
BMW G 310 R and GS engine

The performance of the engine is good. The refinement is top notch. Vibrations are almost non-existent, just a light buzz near the footpegs at higher RPMs. The gearbox is slick and precise. It is a good experience in using the gearbox on both these motorcycles. The engine is very tractable. It has a good pull above 5000 -6000 RPM. It easily pulls while overtaking without having to downshift many times in the city. The motor is not as aggressive as the ones found in KTM. It is more relaxed. Initial pull is present but kicks in only past 6000 RPM. The unique reverse-inclined engine is the same familiar engine present in the TVS Apache RR 310.

You can read our comparison note of G 310 R vs Dominar 400 here.

BMW G 310 R and GS differences

Both the motorcycles are similar at the heart. They run the same motor and the same gearbox. The G 310 R is a naked road motorcycle. It is shorter overall, has a lower seating position and lower ground clearance. GS, on the other hand, is an adventure tourer. It is taller, has a much higher seating position and large ground clearance. The GS gets a longer travel suspension which is more softly sprung. R, on the other hand, has a shorter travel suspension which is more stiff for better handling. GS also gets a combination of 19-inch wheels at the front and 17-inch wheels at the rear. Meanwhile, R gets 17-inch wheel at both front and rear. Other than the dimensions, the features on both the motorcycles are similar. Both get a fully digital instrument cluster and switchgear. A navigational unit on the GS, at least as an option would be wonderful.

BMW G 310 R and GS - First Ride Review
Switchgear
BMW G 310 R and GS - First Ride Review
Switchgear

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

Both the motorcycles are well-built and look great. Its success in India depends on its pricing. At INR 2.99 lakh and 3.49 lakh, both the motorcycles come at a premium. But the quality of the product is apparent. The main competitor, KTM Duke 390, is cheaper and has better specifications on paper. The launch of the upcoming KTM Adventure 390 might affect the BMW G 310 GS. Both the motorcycles are fun to ride and will appeal to a very specific demographic.

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Read about the BMW G 310 R and GS recall in the US here.

 

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