The G310R is the first BMW bike to be made outside Europe and has been manufactured in Bangalore by TVS Motor Company, which has entered into a joint venture with the German manufacturers to develop and produce bikes in the segment below 500cc. All the bikes made under this partnership will be manufactured in India and will be exported to various international markets. BMW Motorrad is one the world’s most premier motorcycle manufacturers but that reputation often comes with a hefty price tag. So it might be hard to wrap your head around the fact that BMW wants to compete with KTM and Honda in the more affordable bikes segment, but that’s exactly what they are doing with the new G310R.
Naked Roadsters have been one of the biggest motorcycling trends in India over the last couple of years. This has led to every other bike on the road being either a Pulsar 200NS or a KTM Duke. So, the BMW G310R is perfect if you want a naked sports bike but don’t want to be lost in the crowd.
The G310R has an aggressive roadster look that is partly inspired from BMW’s legendary S100RR as well as the R1200R. It is meant to be a basis for a family of bikes and as such, BMW plans to release a half faired and adventure versions of the bike which will see it take on bikes like the Honda CBR300R and Yamaha R3 besides the KTM Duke 390 and Kawasaki Z250.
The most interesting thing about the bike is undoubtedly its engine. The 313cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that powers the G310R is the smallest capacity of all the BMWs currently on sale. It produces 34bhp of power and 28Nm of torque. BMW claims that the engine has been designed to work across the globe and with all sorts of fuel quality.
This bike features a clear LCD instrument panel and ABS, as on all BMW bikes, comes standard. The G310R is expected to hit the markets early next year. The pricing has not yet been announced by BMW, but we can expect it to be in the same price bracket as the Duke 390 or the Kawasaki Z250. Don’t be surprised if you have to pay a bit more than expected though because it carries the BMW Badge.
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