The production-spec models of the BMW G 310 R and the BMW G 310 GS are spied just days before launch by Autocar India. BMW Motorrad India will reveal prices of its smallest motorcycles yet on 18 July.
The Indian-spec BMW G 310 twins come with a saree guard, which is compulsory in India to register a two-wheeler that has a pillion seat. The BMW G 310 GS test ride bikes have started reaching dealerships, as the motorbike recently appeared at the Chennai showroom. While the G 310 GS is an adventure touring motorcycle, the BMW G 310 R is a naked street-fighter. The BMW G 310 twins are likely to cost INR 3 lakh and INR 3.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the G 310 R and the G 310 GS, respectively.
The G 310 twins are engineered and designed by BMW Motorrad in Germany, while TVS Motor Company manufactures the motorcycles at its facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. BMW has started accepting pre-bookings for the vehicles at an amount of INR 50,000, while deliveries are likely to start next month. The BMW G 310 twins have taken a long time coming to the domestic market, and according to BMW Motorrad India, the company wanted to increase its dealership network in the country before launching the bikes.
The BMW G 310 GS rivals the Royal Enfield Himalayan, Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure, while the BMW G 310 R competes with KTM 390 Adventure and Bajaj Dominar 400. BMW Motorrad recently introduced the MY2019 G 310 R in global markets that features a new racing red paint scheme, while the company discontinued the old Strato Blue colour.
The BMW G 310 GS and the G 310 R employ a 313 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that features a reverse-inclined cylinder head. The fuel-injected mill is capable of generating 34 bhp of maximum power and 28 Nm of peak torque. The engine pairs to a 6-speed gearbox. Anchorage on both the bikes come from a 300 mm front disc and a 240 mm rear disc with switchable dual-channel ABS as standard.
The BMW G 310 twins also feature the same suspension components like upside-down front forks and an adjustable rear mono-shock. However, the damping parameters are different on the BMW G 310 GS, which gets suspension travel of 180 mm. On the other hand, the BMW G 310 R receives suspension travel of 130 mm.
The G 310 GS features a 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel that combines with Metzler tires. The BMW G 310 R gets 17-inch alloy wheels at both the ends that pair with Michelin tires. The steering head angles on both the bikes are different to suit the purpose of each motorcycle better.
[Source: Autocar India]