BMW Motorrad, the two-wheeler section of German automaker BMW, has launched its most affordable twin bikes, G 310 R and G 310 GS, in India. BMW Motorrad India has priced G 310 R at Rs 2.99 lakh while its adventure sibling G 310 GS costs Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom).
Manufactured in India in association with TVS Motor Company at latter's Hosur plant, G 310 R and G 310 GS are the first sub 500cc motorcycles from BMW Motorrad.
BMW G 310 R embodies the pure essence of a BMW roadster. The expressive design of BMW G 310 R clearly draws inspiration from the bigger capacity BMW S 1000 R. The striking headlamp, muscular fuel tank, attractive trim elements and characteristic roadster proportions give the motorcycle a contemporary and mature look.
The G 310 R is fitted with upside down front forks and monoshock suspension at the rear. It employs a 300mm disc brake in the front and a 240mm at the rear along with ABS.
The adventure sibling, G 310 GS, borrows design cues from the premium R 1200 GS. Being a member of the GS family, G 310 GS' forks has a travel of 180mm, 49mm more than G 310 R, while at the rear the shock travel is also increased to 180mm, up from 40mm.
BMW G 310 GS features a newly-designed fairing, the 'GS' moniker on the fuel tank, off-road friendly tires and a new engine cowl.
Both G 310 R and G 310 GS will draw power from a 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that develops 33.5bhp at 9,500rpm and a maximum torque of 28Nm at 7,500rpm. The engine comes with a backwards-tilted cylinder in open-deck design, with the cylinder head turned 180 degrees. This lowers the centre of gravity and that aids in agility. The mill is mated to a six-speed gearbox.