Oh yes, BMW!
Well, let’s admit it. The BMW G310-series twins, the G310 R and the G310 GS have successfully disrupted the Indian motorcycle scene, at least for now.
With its naked street-fighter styling, the brawny G310 R will be the weapon of choice for the corner carvers. The GS, on the other hand, is for those looking to take the thickly-wooded “shortcut” to work.
The two bikes have been the topic of endless debates and have lent themselves to a wide variety of expert opinions. That said, the final product is quite pleasing to the eye and to the pocket.
Coming to the price tag, the R costs INR 2.99 lakhs(ex-showroom, Delhi), whereas the more handy GS will set you back by INR 3.49 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
And since the TVS-BMW Apache RR310 is a desi version of the G310 R (or the other way round, probably), the R and the GS share the same engine layout. The bikes come with a 313-cc single-cylinder engine making a healthy 34 hp of power and 28 Nm of torque mated to a six-speed transmission. Interestingly, the cylinders are sloped towards the rear wheel, instead of the more common frontward-sloping set up.
Both bikes get tubular frames, five-spoke alloy wheels and dual-channel ABS (on the front and rear wheels). The GS, being the outdoorsy type, gets a long -travel (max displacement is 40 mm) front suspension set up with the same adjustable monoshock
suspension and switchable ABS. The BMW G310 R gets standard 17-inch rims in the front and rear.
The G310 GS gets 19-inch wheels in the front and a 17-incher in the rear. No, wait, that came out wrong, but you get the drift. Hehe.
In keeping with its sporty nature, the G310 R comes blessed with Michelins, whereas the G310 GS gets Metzelers. The 300-mm front and 240-mm rear disc brakes are the same on both the bikes. They also come with the same 11-liter fuel tank. The Mojo has a 21-liter tank that can double up as an aquarium, in case we forgot.
With this launch, we hope that BMW Motorrad has fired the first salvo. Let’s see what KTM comes up with. Will the 390 Adventure set the market on fire? Time will tell.
By: Adreesh Ghoshal