It has been a long wait. To be precise, BMW G310R is being launched in India two years after the bike’s market launch in Europe. This is surprising on two fronts.
One, because the bike is made in India, and still not launched here, and second, BMW had stated that the bike is made for India and similar markets, and still took so long to launch it here. What is the saving grace, is that along with the G310R, we are also getting the G310GS.
With India launch set for 18th July for both bikes, a Bajaj Dominar owner has now gone ahead and reviewed the BMW G310R. The review has been posted on Youtube by MotoStories. This is what he has to say after riding the bike –
“The lightweight, nimble handling, attractively styled G 310 R will naturally appeal to novice riders. Having a firsthand look at its superb build quality along with spending a day in the saddle, I’m pleased to report that the fun-to-ride nature of BMW’s single-cylinder sport naked isn’t lost on this seasoned enthusiast.
I rode the new BMW G 310 R on public motorways there wasn’t an opportunity to test the bike’s top speed. Engine vibration finds a sweet spot at 90 KM/H, with vibes felt through the frame, saddle and grips increasing beyond 6000 rpm. The tank is narrow so spreading your knees and heels slightly to avoid direct contact helps isolate the rider from the engine’s vibes.” – Stig Sarangi, Motostories. Watch the review video below.
In Europe, the BMW G310R retails at 4,750 euros (around Rs 3.54 lakhs), marginally cheaper than its primary rivals like the Yamaha MT-03, Kawasaki Z300 and KTM Duke 390.
While the BMW badge, aggressive styling, and a tempting price tag will surely attract attention, the baby Bimmer is the least powerful (at least on paper) offering in the segment. The 313 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine develops 34 PS as against the Duke’s (also made-in-India) 44 PS.
The automaker has also announced a range of accessories to enable personalization. One can opt for a luggage rack at the rear with two options for top cases – 30-litre box in Granite Matte Grey or a regular 29-litre unit. Owners can also specify their G310R with an inner bag for top case, a re-profiled seat which reduces the pillion seat height, heated grips, centre stand, 12V charging socket and LED turn indicators. ABS is available as a standard fitment.