This bike has been teased. Its launch has been delayed time and again. BMW Motorrad has been exporting it from India but launched it quite late. But all that’s a non-issue anymore because the BMW G 310 R has now come to India. However, as a pleasant surprise, BMW has also launched the G 310 GS in India. These two make up for BMW Motorrad’s most inexpensive offerings in India and are a part of its Roadster and Adventure lineups, respectively. The BMW G 310 R has been launched for a price of Rs 2.99 lakh while the BMW G 310 GS carries a sticker price of Rs 3.49 lakh (all prices ex-showroom). The question is this – coming to India after such a long time, are the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS still worth consideration?
|Specifications||BMW G 310 R||BMW G 310 GS|
|Price||Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom)||Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||DOHC, 4-valve, water-cooled, fuel-injected, 313cc single cylinder petrol||DOHC, 4-valve, water-cooled, fuel-injected, 313cc single cylinder petrol|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|Front Suspension||41mm upside down fork||41mm upside down fork|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock, pre-load adjustable||Monoshock, pre-load adjustable|
|Front Brake||Single 300mm disc with four-piston caliper||Single 300mm disc with four-piston caliper|
|Rear Brake||Single 280mm disc with single piston caliper||Single 280mm disc with single piston caliper|
|Mileage||30kmpl (BMW mention)||30kmpl (BMW mention)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11 litres||11 litres|
What’s new about BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS?
There’s not much to write here than has been discussed in multiple stories on the BMW G 310 R. A short recap is still in order – joint development of platform between TVS and BMW Motorrad resulting in three new products (one from TVS and two from BMW Motorrad) that share their underpinnings and drivetrains. However, all three products are meant for different audiences. The TVS Apache RR 310 is meant for sport bike aficionados while the BMW G 310 R is for naked bike enthusiasts and the BMW G 310 GS for those who are not afraid to go off the pavement.
Coming back to the BMW products, the G 310 R and G 310 GS are similar underneath. This means they have the same steel trellis frame and the same DOHC, water-cooled, four-valve, fuel-injected single-cylinder 313cc engine making 34HP power and 28Nm torque. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the engines offer 30kmpl mileage (provided by BMW Motorrad). Both bikes have a 41mm upside fork up front and a pre-load adjustable rear mono shock. Both have a 300mm front brake disc with four-piston caliper and a 240mm rear brake disc with a single piston caliper. Both come equipped with ABS as standard.
However, the devil is in the details and there’s plenty different between both bikes. The G 310 R makes do with 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels while the G 310 GS has a 19-inch wheel up front and 17-inch wheel at the rear (both five-spoke alloys). The tire sizes are different too as the G 310 R has 110/70 and 150/60 tires (front/rear) while the G 310 GS has 110/80 front and 150/70 rear tires. The G 310 R has an O-ring chain while the G 310 GS has a Z-ring chain.
Both bikes have different fuel ratings too – the G 310 R having 95 RON rating while the G 310 GS have 91 RON rating (BMW still recommends 95 RON petrol in G 310 GS). Finally, both bikes have different dimensions too. The BMW G 310 R measures 2,005mm in length, 849mm in width, 1,080mm in height (excluding mirrors), and is 1,380mm long between axles. The G 310 GS measures 2,075mm in length, 880mm in width, 1,230mm in height (without mirrors), and 1,420mm in wheelbase length.
Are the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS worth consideration?
Both bikes offer a lot to like. Good engines, good components, and that BMW badge as well. Both are meant for different users and that is fine too. However, the differences between the two aren’t skin deep. One of these differences (Eek! Should’ve mentioned earlier!) is the suspension travel of the two bikes (the G 310 R has 140mm/131mm front/rear travel while the G 310 GS has 180mm suspension travel at both ends).
Here’s the problem though. These bikes carry a big price tag. This fact becomes even more apparent when you consider the BMW G 310 R’s price alongside Kawasaki Ninja 300’s revised price. Cross shoppers will also consider the Royal Enfield Himalayan alongside the BMW G 310 GS. These cross-shopping habits will likely keep buyers away from these bikes. As BMW Motorrad’s advocate, the argument can be made that BMW G 310 R is priced lower in India than, say, in the UK (where it costs GBP 4,450 base). Does that justify the bikes’ case? No, but it enables them to at least make a case for themselves on this front.
Are they not good? They are quite good. They may even be better than most bikes in their category in terms of refinement. However, refinement is a quality and not something readily visible. What is readily visible and quantifiable is price, spec sheet, and features, departments in which neither BMW bike does exceedingly well. This does not make either the G 310 R or the G 310 GS any less worth consideration than their rivals but makes their purchase case quite difficult to justify.
BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS – Synopsis
- G 310 R priced at Rs 2.99 lakh; G 310 GS priced at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom)
- G 310 GS geared towards adventure-touring crowd
- Both powered by a fuel-injected 313cc single-cylinder engine with 34PS power and 28Nm torque
- Both have a six-speed manual gearbox
- Both bikes get an upside down front fork and a monoshock at the rear
- Both have a 300mm disc up front and 280mm disc at the rear for braking duties
- ABS standard on either bike
- G 310 R suspension travel at 140mm/131mm (front/rear), G 310 GS has 180mm suspension travel at both ends
- G 310 R has 17- inch alloy wheels while the G 310 GS has a 19-inch wheel up front and 17-inch wheel at the rear (both alloys)
- Tire sizes different between the two bikes
- Dimensionally, G 310 GS bigger than the G 310 R
- Refinement levels o both bikes should be better than TVS Apache RR 310