When BMW India
announced the price of the G 310 GS at Rs 3.49 lakh, I wondered why it was a
lot more expensive than the TVS Apache 310 RR. After all, were not the two
bikes built at the TVS Motor Company Hosur plant in Tamil Nadu and even shared
their frame and innards? So, if the power is the same at 34hp, the torque
almost similar, the engine is the same, the features almost similar, then pray
what makes the BMW G 310 GS a lot more expensive? I rode the BMW G 310 GS to
get my answers.
BMW G 310 GS
313cc, water-cooled single cylinder, DOHC
Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox
Upside down fork with 180mm travel
Drawn die-cast aluminium, directly mounted spring strut, adjustable
spring rest with 180mm travel
Single Disc brake 300mm
Single disc brake 240mm
Front: 110/80 R19 Rear: 150/70 R 17
Fuel tank capacity
Rs 3.49 lakh (ex showroom)
The moment I laid my eyes on the new BMW G 310 GS, I
realised it was a lot different than the TVS bike and even the new BMW G 310 R
roadster. The GS, unlike the other two is not a roadster but an every- day
adventure motorcycle. It’s taller, better build, has a few additional features
and definitely stands tall. Unlike the several mean adventure machines with
massive engines to boot, this one can easily be tamed. Yes, if you are not more
than 5 feet 10 inches tall you may not be able to plant your two feet on the
ground when you are seated atop the bike. Unlike the roadster where the seat
height is 785mm, this one’s got 835mm. But the seat can be lowered or raised by
15mm, if needed, as part of the accessory package.
The BMW G 310GS has been designed
quite aerodynamically. From the front fender to the fuel tank and finally to
the seat, the design and colour speak continuity. The bike comes with a small
windshield, just the right size for a bike of this nature. There is a lot of
top quality plastic used in and around the fuel tank with smart BMW badges
inscribed on either side. The fuel tank has a capacity to hold 11 litres of
petrol. My opinion is that this tank could have been larger. Unfortunately, the
GS gets halogen headlamps, unlike LEDs in the Apache 310RR. Now that’s a
letdown for a BMW bike.
Unlike its roadster brother, this bike
comes with larger tyres, R19 in front and R17 at the back. The GS gets Metzeler
tyres with 150/70 at the rear and 110/80
in the front. The other differences
include a cast aluminium rugged luggage rack at the back, suspension with 180mm
travel both in front and rear, ABS that can be deactivated or activated by long
pressing a switch on the left side of the handlebar and an exhaust system where
the manifold has been altered from that of the G 310 R so as to do justice to
the long spring travel. There is also a newly conceived heat shield at the
The G 310 GS like its roadster bro,
comes with an instrument cluster with a large LC screen where the display is
very bright and clear. Information like engine speed, road speed, gear, total
kilometres, engine temperature, fuel tank level, remaining range, average fuel
consumption, average speed and time are displayed digitally here.
Riding the new BMW G
310 GS comes easy. A lot of riders may say that there could have been more
power to the engine but my personal view is that the engine power at 34hp is
more than adequate and the torque of 28Nm sufficient enough for most of the
terrains in India, especially in and around cities. The sporty looking muscular
bike is not intimidating to look and feel. Though the seat height is at 835mm,
one can get a lower seat too at 820mm as part of the BMW accessories. Once you
are seated, you realise that the tubular handlebars are perfect with its wide
stance. Moreover, they are angled to the rear. The footrests have a jagged
profile and to ensure that you are completely sure footed, you can even remove
the rubber cover on it and pop it into your pocket, especially when you want to
ride standing when you hit some off-road sandy patches. The single piece seat
is ideal for the pillion too as it’s not too high at the rear.
While riding on city roads, I found
that the bike had adequate power and sensible acceleration. It’s definitely not
a performance bike, but when it comes to performance on roads and some light
off road terrains, there’s no real complaining. So not giving it a slipper
clutch does not make a very perceptible difference. But it definitely is a fun bike, both on and
off the tarmac. The gear shifts come easy, though getting it back to Neutral
comes with a bit of a struggle. The multi-plate wet clutch constant-mesh
6-speed gearbox is kind of easy to shift. The disc brakes in front and rear
have adequate bite in them, especially with the ABS on. At the front it has a
single 300mm disc with 4-piston fixed caliper, while at the rear it has a
single 240mm disc with 2-piston floating caliper. The steel-wrapped bake lines
ensure stable pressure levels.
beaten track, the suspension came quite handy, especially with its large
travel. In front there is an upside down fork while at the rear there is an
aluminium swingarm with a spring strut that is mounted on its directly. All of
these absorb the road shocks to a great extent.
The new BMW G
301 GS is a versatile motorcycle which rides rather easily and comfortably on
city roads and has the ability to take on the rough too with a considerable
amount of ease. It’s like your perfect buddy. But to give the BMW GS a price
tag of more than Rs 3 lakh is quite unnerving. Maybe it’s because the BMW G 310
GS has no direct competition in the Indian market today. But sooner or later it
will have, maybe then BMW India may retrospect on the pricing.
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