While the launch of the highly anticipated BMW G310R is being painfully delayed, there is news filtering out of the German bike maker’s camp that a new adventurer-tourer named the BMW G310 GS is currently under development. With the launch of an ADV bike, BMW Motorrad is looking to gain a strong foothold in the burgeoning adventure bike market and provide stiff competition to the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
The BMW GS tag holds a legendary status in the motorcycle world and bikes carrying that badge are regarded as some of the best adventure-tourers in production. The flagship R1200 GS has retained the top spot for most sold motorcycle Europe in all categories for quite some time now. And with Indian bikers demanding more performance out of their bikes, BMW can really capture this market in a way that Royal Enfield can’t. A proper adventurer-tourer that carries with it the legacy of the BMW GS tag with costing an exorbitant amount will capture the massive gap between the lower-end ADV bikes like the RE Himalayan and the premium ones like Tiger Triumph and Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro.
The BMW G310 GS will share its engine with the G310 R streetfighter which features a 313cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that produces 34bhp of power and 28Nm of torque. To aid in the ‘adventure’ part of its segment, the suspension on the BMW G310 GS will be carried out by an inverted telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock rear setup and the bike will also get ABS as standard.
First unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo, the BMW G310 R streetfighter is the smallest capacity bike ever made by BMW Motorrad and the company has big plans for it in India. Not only are they aiming to capture the naked bikes segment with the G310 R, BMW also plans to base an entire family of bikes on it and the BMW G310 GS is just the first of many to come.
Expected to launch in 2017, the BMW G310 GS will be the third bike to come out of the BMW-TVS collaboration after the G310 R and the TVS Akula 310.
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