BMW Motorrad India is likely to launch the BMW G 310 GS and the G 310 R in India on 18 July. Ahead of their launch, let’s take a look at how the G 310 GS levels up against the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 in a detailed spec comparison.
The BMW G 310 GS features long-travel suspension, dual-purpose tires and switchable ABS. The entry-level Indian adventure touring segment comprises of the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Kawasaki Versys-X 300. While the Himalayan is accessible, it isn’t refined and has some teething issues. The Versys-X 300 is competent and offers decent kit but exorbitantly priced. In comes the BMW G 310 GS, which not only provides advanced engineering but is likely to be accessible as compared to the Versys-X 300.
|Specifications||BMW G 310 GS||Royal Enfield Himalayan||Kawasaki Versys-X 300|
|Engine||313 cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooled with fuel injection||411 cc, single-cylinder, SOHC, oil cooled with fuel injection||296 cc parallel twin with liquid cooling and fuel injection|
|Maximum Power||33.5 bhp at 9,500 rpm||24.5 bhp at 6,500 rpm||38.7 bhp at 11,500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||28 Nm at 7,500 rpm||32 Nm at 4,500 rpm||25.7 Nm at 10,000 rpm|
|Front Suspension||41 mm USD Forks, 180 mm travel||41 mm Telescopic Forks, 200 mm travel||41 mm Telescopic Forks|
|Rear Suspension||Mono-shock, 180 mm travel||Mono-shock with linkage, 180 mm travel||Bottom-Link Uni-Trak|
|Front Brake||300 mm disc with ABS||300 mm disc, No ABS||290 mm petal disc with ABS|
|Rear Brake||240 mm disc with ABS||240 mm disc, No ABS||220 mm petal disc with ABS|
|Front Tyre Size||110/80 R 19||90/90 R 21||100/90 R19M/C 57S|
|Rear Tyre Size||150/70 R 17||120/90 R 17||130/80 R17M/C 65S|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11 litres||15 litres||17 litres|
|Kerb Weight||169.5 kg||182 kg||184 kg|
|Seat Height||835 mm||800 mm||815 mm|
|Price||INR 3 lakh (expected ex-showroom)||1.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)||4.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)|
The BMW G 310 GS will feature dual-purpose Metzeler tires, USD forks up front and rear mono-shock and switchable ABS. The Versys-X 300 and Himalayan both get telescopic front forks and a linkage-type mono-shock at the rear. The Versys-X 300 also features auxiliary lights as standard. While the BMW gets alloy wheels, the other two receive wire-spoke wheels.
The BMW G 310 GS uses a 313 cc, single-cylinder, reverse inclined engine making 33.5 bhp of power and 28 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed transmission. The Royal Enfield Himalayan employs a 411 cc, single-cylinder, SOHC, engine with fuel injection that pumps out 24.5 bhp of power and 32 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 uses the same 296 cc, parallel twin engine that powered the Ninja 300. This motor develops 38.7 bhp of power and 25.7 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip and assist clutch. The Versys-X 300 has a fuel tank capacity of 17 litres. In comparison, the Himalayan’s tank is 15 litres while the G 310 GS has a tank capacity of 11 litres.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan, at a price of INR 1.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), is the most affordable ADV in the market. The Kawasaki Versys-X 300, being a CKD import, is priced at INR 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Prices of both bikes are poles apart. That is precisely where the BMW G 310 R will fit, which is likely to cost INR 3 lakh (ex-showroom).