BMW Motorrad India will launch the company’s most awaited motorcycles, the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS on July 18.
BMW Motorrad India has already started accepting pre-bookings for both the bikes from June 8, and deliveries will be made on first come first serve basis, soon after the launch and price announcement.
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 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.
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 3.5 lakh, while the G 310 GS will be priced around Rs 4 lakh (both prices, on-road). Both the BMW motorcycles will be launched on July 18 in India and deliveries are expected to start by end of July or early August.
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.
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.
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 3.5 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 4 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).