It seems like
Indian riders have waited eons for the much anticipated sub-500cc bikes from
German automaker BMW Motorrad. That is why I personally felt that the BMW G 310
R had a lot to live up to when I first swung a leg over the 313cc roadster that
has been made in collaboration with TVS Motor Company. Many crumble when under
such pressure. Is the BMW G 310 R one of those unfortunate or does it stand its
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF BMW G
313cc Water-cooled, single-cylinder
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2005mm x 820mm x 1080mm
41 mm Upside
Monoshock, adjustable preload
300 mm Disc, 4-piston fixed caliper
240 mm Disc, single-piston floating
110/70 R 17’’
150/60 R 17’’
Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
The BMW G 310
R is a sharp looking naked bike that gets a beefy and muscular fuel tank, fat
golden forks at the front and the iconic BMW badging on the sides. The bike
does resemble the S 1000R and that is a good thing. The finish all around is
impressive with no ugly weld marks on the frame visible and the switchgear
having a polished look. The digital instrument cluster packs in a good amount
of information including speed, RPM, gear position, dual trip meters, distance
covered, average speed, average fuel consumption, time and date. You also get a
shift indicator on the right of the LCD. I was, however, let down by the heavy
use of plastic which did not have the most sturdy feel.
The G 310 R is not only about
performance and good looks, it is quite practical too. The single piece seat
offers decent amount of space for a pillion and there is a solidly built split
grab rail that looks good and is functional. The triangular headlamp is a
halogen unit which is a bit of a let-down but it looks good regardless. The tail-lamp on the other hand, is a sleek
LED unit and fits in better with the rest of the design silhouette.
everyone knows that the G 310 bikes from BMW share their engine with the TVS
Apache RR 310 as both companies developed it together. In fact even the frame
is the same. So does the G 310 R feel identical to the Apache RR 310? The
answer would be both, yes and no. Given that the same 313cc, single cylinder,
water cooled engine is powering the bikes and the state of tune is also quite
similar, the engine character is largely same. So the bike is a whole lot of
fun to rev. There is a lot of punch in the mid-range that sort of tapers off as
you reach the top. The lack of a faring does make the wind blast apparent and
affects the top speed negatively. The exhaust note is also a lot different and
more satisfying. The fierce cry makes you want to keep the bike on its toes
almost always. This bike happily climbs the speedometer resulting in a very
satisfying acceleration. The only thing that could have made it even better
would be crisper shift. The 6-speed gearbox is pretty adequate most of the
times but often times you do feel that it could have been just a tad bit
smoother. The small seat height of 785mm, relaxed riding position and compact
proportions of this bike make it great for using in the city. In the short time
I spent with the bike, I did not feel an uncomfortable amount of heat on my
legs or thighs which is always a plus.
The suspension setup consists of 41mm
USD forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear which is preload adjustable.
They provide a comfortable ride and are soft enough to swallow bad roads if you
are careful. Braking is something that impressed me hugely. The 300mm disc at
the front and the 240mm disc at the rear are aided by BMW’s ABS which comes
standard. The rear brake does take a wee bit longer to stop you but pulling the
front brake gives more immediate results without making you lose your balance.
I got to take the G 310 R over some sandy patches of road littered with gravel
and found the bike to be quite stable without any major slips. So even though
this might not be a big off-roader like the GS, the 17-inches Michelin tyres do
take care of most terrains that you are bound to encounter. I also did the
obligatory corner cutting and the bike impressed by holding the intended line.
There is no
doubt that the BMW G 310 R is a capable bike in almost all aspects and BMW
Motorrad has managed to deliver a bike that is truly great for everyday use.
The brakes and exhaust notes would be the highlights for me but not the price.
I must say that it does meet expectations if not exceeding them. The price
premium was somewhat expected but on the brighter side, common folks are one
step closer to owning the esteemed BMW brand!
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