Built in India… for the world market.

When BMW Motorrad joined hands with TVS Motorcycles in 2013, we knew we were in for some special treat. And guess what? It’s time to taste the sweet.

BMW had a sub 500cc model in the works for quite some time which they intended it to cater to the global market. Unveiled at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, BMW surprised us with this G310R and created a buzz across the riding community with the entry-level naked roadster.

Although it is the smallest bike from BMW, when it comes to performance, it is anything but small. Perfect for a handful of folks new to motorcycles, it is a rocket trainer for the experienced purists and is sure hell lot of fun for everyone riding on this machine. The combination of being lightweight and having a real powerhouse has always won the wars for every manufacturer, and this is no exception.

2017 BMW G310 R
  • Year: 2017
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: G 310
  • Engine: inline-1
  • Displacement: 313 cc
  • Top Speed: 106 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 250000 (Est.)
  • Price: Premium
  • Overall: 8.3/10

STYLING

2017 BMW G310 R Exterior Wallpapers
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2017 BMW G310 R Exterior Wallpapers
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As the tagline says, this bike is manufactured for the world market, and it does the job of pleasing everyone rather naturally. For the BMW good looks unmistakably run in the family and this G 310R takes the genes of the S 1000 R.

The sculpted design is modern in both idea and execution right from the word ‘GO’. It is highlighted with the small triangular headlamp, a “dynamically modelled” fuel tank, and classic roadster proportions. The powerful surfaces of the fuel tank give it a clearly defined, muscular look from any angle. Below this is the most striking feature of the bike - the side wing contour. It protrudes from the fuel tank and echoes the characteristics of the bigger cousins in the brand. On the fuel tank, a high-gloss “R” engraved in the plastic surface acts as an exclusive emblem signalling the fact that the bike belongs to the roadster segment.

Although the bike shows up as a naked roadster, the generous surfaces on the bike produce a more closed, sporty silhouette. The body lines on the 310 direct towards the front wheel, thereby underscoring the subtleness. The instrument cluster on this G 310 R is an uncluttered LCD screen having excellent clarity and a wide range of information including engine speed, road speed, gear, total kilometres, engine temperature, fuel level, remaining range, average fuel consumption, average speed and time.

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2017 BMW G310 R
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Polished embossing and use of high-end materials are evident throughout the bike and frankly speaking, this bike exudes a visual level of quality that is unexpected in such a low-cost production. The gold-anodised fork and brake callipers emphasise the workmanship of the machine. Except for the plastic switchgear looking cut-price, the rest of the G310R components look very BMW. An exceptionally lustrous paint job, high-quality alloy castings and forged triple clamps make this roadster a visual treat. This sure is an inexpensive BMW, but you cannot make the mistake of calling it cheap.

Overall Dimensions

Make Model BMW G 310 R KTM Duke 390 Benelli TNT300
Length 1988mm 2150mm 2130mm
Width 896mm 760mm 800mm
Height 1227mm 1115mm 1120mm
Wheelbase 1374mm 1357mm 1410mm
Seat height 785mm 830mm 795mm
Wet weight 158kg 163kg 196kg

POWERTRAIN

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2017 BMW G310 R Exterior
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The G 310R mill is anything but simple. It’s got an all-new 313cc backward-tilted, four-stroke, single cylinder, water-cooled engine paired to a 6-speed gearbox. What is special about this is that this new thumper reverses the cylinder head to put the intake at the front and the exhaust at the back benefitting weight distribution. Also, you get a rotating counterbalance shaft in front of the crankshaft. So expect a way calmer, non-vibrating underbelly.

This engine will deliver 34 bhp at 9,500 rpm, with a 10,500 rpm limiter, and a stated maximum torque of 28 NM at 7,500 rpm. A moderate compression ratio of 10.6:1 is aimed at running this in different markets across the globe. Clutch action is light but misses out on a slipper clutch, probably the reason why the idling is at 1500rpm ruling out rear wheel chatter on the overrun. Euro 4-compliant catalyst whispers rather than booms. But that is of course only below 5000 rpm.

With a spontaneous throttle response, lively pulling power, full-blooded engine characteristics and a high maximum engine speed of 10500 rpm, the new G 310 R deliver very dynamic riding performance figures for excellent riding fun within its class.

Like the S 1000R, it boasts of a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coated rocker arms tending to the timing. The valve gear with two overhead camshafts is based on that of the S 1000 RR, and the light, highly resistant rocker arms minimise friction and wear. The power unit is inclined towards the rear, and the cylinder head rotated 180 degrees, thus giving way for a shorter wheelbase and longer swingarm. Yumm!

Engine Specification

Make Model BMW G 310 R KTM Duke 390 Benelli TNT300
Capacity cc 313 373.2 300
Bore/ Stroke mm 80/62.1 89/60 65/45.2
Output 34bhp @ 9,500rpm 44 bhp @ 9000 rpm 39 bhp @ 11500 rpm
Torque 28Nm @ 7,500rpm 36 Nm @ 7000 rpm 27 Nm @ 10000 rpm
Type single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves In-line, 2 cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 8 valves, DOHC
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate Wet- Multiplate with PASC anti hopping clutch, mechanically operated Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

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2017 BMW G310 R Exterior
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The kind of styling on the 310 leads to an aggressive yet comfortable riding position with an upright and low seat height with a relatively high handlebar. The feet is made to tuck slightly back allowing the rider to commit more on the racetrack or sit upright on a multi-hour highway run. Thanks to the longer swing arm and short wheelbase, we can be assured of excellent stability, and agile controls make it a very friendly bike to twist, turn and dance around the town. The ergonomic layout of the handlebars, footrest and hand control elements ensure a superb riding sensation.

This bike carries a broad spectrum range regarding riding capability with comfort, sport and dynamic riding situations. This BMW will offer you with a supple ride compared to its contender as the longer swingarm allows the chassis to dampen the forward and backwards pitching and will also take care of softening the weight transfers. Hence the ride will remain precise, light-footed and stable whenever you feel like running around city beats or take that long weekend ride.

The suspension is well calibrated and uses the KYB 41 mm inverted forks and a mono shock. This provides a highly rigid composite structure for exact control of the front wheel, thus giving the G 310 R a directionally precise and secure steering response. 5-spoke alloy wheels wearing 110/70R17 and 150/60R17 tyre keeps un-sprung weight down at the axles.

Stopping this is by ByBre (Brembo’s Indian subsidiary) 300mm single disc front brake with radially bolted 4-piston fixed calliper, and 240mm rear disc brake with 2-piston floating calliper. In-house dual channel ABS is a standard feature.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model BMW G 310 R KTM Duke 390 Benelli TNT300
Suspension / Front KYB Upside down fork 41 mm 43mm WP upside-down; 125mm travel Inverted telescopic forks
Suspension / Rear Solid die-cast aluminum swingarm, directly hinged monoshock, adjustable preload WP monoshcok; 150 mm travel Off-Set rear monoshock
Brakes / Front Single disc, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed calliper, radially bolted, BMW Motorrad ABS 320mm Disc 4-piston radial fixed calliper, Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS 296mm petal-type Dual disc with 2-piston hydraulic calliper, ABS
Brakes / Rear Single disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating calliper, BMW Motorrad ABS 230 mm Single-piston floating calliper, Bosch 9MB two-channel ABS 220mm hydraulic disc with ABS
Tyres / Front 110/70 R17 110/70 R17 120/70 R17
Tyres / Rear 150/60 R17 150/60 R17 160/70 R17

PRICE

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When it comes to pricing, it is higher than its closest rival, the KTM Duke 390. At around ₹ 2.5 lakhs, we will be required to pay that extra for that premium image of BMW. As reported earlier, BMW was supposed to launch this bike by the month of March/April. But for some unknown reasons, BMW has pushed the same to another couple of months.

The BMW G 310 R will be available in the three strikingly expressive colour variants Cosmic Black/Polar White non-metallic, Strato Blue Metallic and the elaborately designed Pearl White metallic.

COMPETITION

Giving a good amount of contention to the G 310R is a bike from Austria and one from Italy.

KTM Duke 390

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The KTM Duke 390 is one of the most favoured bikes on the streets for their cracker of an engine at that cut throat price. It is slightly more powerful and lighter compared to the Beemer. But the harsher engine makes it uncomfortable for any rides longer than your eyesight. Whereas the BMW’s engine and the ride is a breeze compared to it.

Aesthetically it is an entirely new design that borrows cues from its eldest brother, the Super Duke R. The bodywork is more aggressive and mental than the outgoing model and includes sharp design language with tank spoilers and the newly uplifted tank design, all made to cut just through anything.

For 2017, the Duke 390 will continue with the same 373cc, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine which is capable of producing about 44 bhp @ 9,000 and 36 Nm of torque @ 7,000 rpm. Yes! The powertrain now makes 1 Nm of more power. The single cylinder engine paired to a six-speed gearbox, with short ratios to make the bottom end as well as top-end performance much more thrilling. The forged piston, Nikasil-cylinder-coating, balancer shaft and forced feed lubrication all give in for that 44 barking horses.

The new gen Duke 390 is priced at ₹225730 (ex-showroom). That is a good ₹25000 jump from the previous model.

Benelli TNT 300

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Benelli may be an unprecedented brand for most of the Indians, but the marque has been in existence in the automotive arena for almost over a century. The TNT 300 surely manages to create a good first impression, with its subtle design and interesting specifications.

Considering the fact that it comes from an Italian brand which has been responsible for giving the futuristic TNT 899 and TNT 1130R, the Benelli TNT 300 comes as a shocker. Reason? The TNT 300 is not that outrageous as compared to the bigger capacity TNTs. Nevertheless, it still manages to appear as a handsome looking motorcycle with its sizeable dimensions and perfectly styled body panels.

Powered by a twin cylinder, liquid cooled, 4 stroke unit which is capable of producing about 37 bhp of maximum power and 27Nm of maximum torque, the engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox whose initial ratios are on the taller side while the higher ones are set to shorter ones. It also is the only motorcycle in its segment to come fitted with double disc brakes towards the front. Apart from all that some other interesting hardware’s includes fatter Pirelli sticky tyres and Trellis frame.

When it comes to the pricing, I think BMW will have the upper hand here as the Benelli costs us a dearly ₹ 3.2 lakh (ex-showroom).

VERDICT

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BMW Motorrad has not necessarily been a household name. With them costing a bomb to import and maintaining them was a nightmare for the complexity the Bavarian company had put into them. But things are up for a change as we speak and by the time you will be reading this piece, TVS is already producing this single cylinder G 310R for BMW in their Hosur plant in full swing.

Pragmatic in the best sense of the word, it offers precisely what is needed – for dynamic performance and comfort, both in town and out in the country. This could be your perfect companion for both your daily commute and to break away from that same routine. It can happily take down winding country roads and also flexible through the narrow city snarls. And thanks to its low level of fuel consumption and a relaxed, comfortable seating position, it offers the welcome capability of being able to cover a long distance at a time.

Because it is a BMW, one tends to expect a lot from the G 310R. It sure has mature traits with the calmer engine but still is surprisingly quick. Build quality is top notch, and you get far more equipment than what you can bargain for.

With a vast spectrum of people having different agendas, BMW’s intention of competing on the world stage seems to be a sweeter affair with this bike. The promising chassis has no complaints whatsoever and will deliver what an entry level roadster is expected to and beyond. The game is going to see a new contender who is just too good for the competition.

One cylinder, low weight, powerful dynamic performance – the BMW G 310 R.

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