BMW G 310 GS vs. Royal Enfield Himalayan vs. Kawasaki Versys-X 300 - Spec comparo

03/07/2018 - 11:37 | ,  ,  ,   | Ajinkya Lad

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
Transmission 6-Speed 5-Speed 6-Speed
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.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet press shot front right quarter
The Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet (pictured) features aluminium panniers and metal saddle stays as standard factory equipment.

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.

Kawasaki Versys X300 at BIMS 2017 side
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 gets a taller windshield, wire-spoke wheels, switchable ABS, and dual-sport Dunlop tires.

Also Read: BMW G 310 R & G 310 GS for India - 5 things to know

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).

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