The wait is over for one of the most anticipated new motorcycles this year – BMW G310R and G310GS was officially launched in India this-week! The G310R rivalling KTM 390 Duke is priced at Rs 2.99 lakh while the G310 GS – its adventure variant competing against the Kawasaki Versys X-300 is priced at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.
Both the motorcycles are developed by BMW Motorrad in Germany and are built at the TVS plant in Hosur, India. Official bookings for this bike have started earlier this-month on June 8, 2018, while the deliveries will commence from early next-month. These will be the only BMW motorcycles built in India and they are the most affordable offerings on the company’s portfolio.
Surprisingly, the BMW G310R is priced lesser than the KTM Duke 390 in the international markets. Whereas in India, the KTM Duke 390 is cheaper than the huge margin of Rs 1.10 lakh. Although the company did not reveal the reason as to why there was such a difference in the price tag, considering the fact that both the bikes are made in India.
So experts believe it might be due to the BMW branding and BMW experience that the motorcycle is priced in such a way in India. BMW India probably wants to maintain their prestige in the country, instead of boasting-up the sales numbers.
Borrowing the engine from TVS Apache RR 310, the G310R and G310GS come with a reversed cylinder design that slopes towards the rear wheel, instead of the conventional engine set-up. This is a 313cc, single-cylinder, water-cooled engine, which produces 33.53 BHP @ 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm @ 7,500 rpm mated to a 6-speed transmission. This engine allows for fuel efficiency of around 30 KMPL while top speed is at 144 KMPH.
Both bikes receive dual channel ABS as standard along with upside down telescopic forks in the front and adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking is handled by a single 300 mm disc with a 4-piston caliper at the front and a 240 mm disc paired with a single-piston caliper at the rear. The G310GS sports the same 11-litre fuel tank as the G310R. The kerb weights for the G310R and G310GS are 158.5 kgs and 169.5 kgs, respectively.
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