Last week, BMW Motorrad India launched the BMW G 310 R in India, and if that wasn't enough, just a day later India Kawasaki Motors introduced the locally made Kawasaki Ninja 300.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is not a direct rival to the BMW G 310 R; however, this comparison is merely pricing based. While the G 310 R is a naked streetfighter, the Ninja 300 is an entry-level supersport. The G 310 R is locally manufactured by TVS in India, while Kawasaki assembles the Ninja 300 via CKD units with some localized parts.
Interestingly though, despite its local manufacturing, the completely Made-in-India G 310 R costs INR 1,000 more than the localized Kawasaki Ninja 300. The BMW G 310 R is priced at INR 2.99 lakh, while the Assembled-in-India Ninja 300 costs INR 2.98 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom Delhi). Both are premium bike manufacturers and compete in India and global markets. Here's a spec-level comparison between the Ninja 300 & G 310 R.
|Specification||BMW G 310 R||Kawasaki Ninja 300|
|Engine||313 cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid cooled with fuel injection||296 cc parallel twin with liquid cooling and fuel injection|
|Maximum Power||33.5 bhp at 9,500 rpm||38.7 bhp at 11,500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||28 Nm at 7,500 rpm||27 Nm at 10,000 rpm|
|Transmission||6-Speed||6-Speed with Slipper Clutch|
|Front Suspension||41 mm USD Forks||41 mm Telescopic Forks|
|Rear Suspension||Mono-shock||Bottom-Link Uni-Trak|
|Front Brake||300 mm disc with ABS||290 mm petal disc with ABS|
|Rear Brake||240 mm disc with ABS||220 mm petal disc with ABS|
|Front Tyre Size||110/70 R17 Michelin Pilot Street||110/70 R17 M/C 54H|
|Rear Tyre Size||150/60 R17 Michelin Pilot Street||140/60 R17 M/C 66H|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11 litres||17 litres|
|Kerb Weight||158.5 kg||179 kg|
|Seat Height||835 mm||785 mm|
|Price||INR 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)||INR 2.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)|
The BMW G 310 R uses a 313 cc, single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled engine with fuel injection that is tuned to develop 34 PS of maximum power and 28 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed transmission. The motorcycle features USD front forks and an adjustable rear mono-shock while stopping power comes from disc brakes at both the ends with standard switchable ABS.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 sources power from a 299 cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve, parallel-twin engine with fuel injection that produces 39 PS of maximum power and 27.3 Nm of peak torque. The engine syncs to a 6-speed transmission with a standard slipper clutch. The localized Ninja 300 features dual-channel ABS as standard and stock MRF tires.
Both the motorcycles feature halogen headlamps, LED taillights and standard turn indicators. The Ninja 300 gets a twin-pod setup for the headlights, while the BMW G 310 R features sticky Michelin Pilot Street tires.