The company, today, finally revealed its smallest capacity bike; the BMW G 310 R, which will be built in India at TVS Motor Company's Bangalore plant. The bike has been completely designed and engineered by BMW in Munich, Germany and this one has been built solely to increase the company's global market share. This is a big boost for the Indian market as well, as this will be the first bike from the BMW Motorrard stable to be manufactured outside of Europe and that's how much confidence the German manufacturer has in this country. All the equipment at the plant has been shipped from Germany and the workforce too has received extensive training to bring the quality level at par with international standards.
The powerfully expressive design of the BMW G 310 R instantly reveals its agile, dynamic character, making a clear statement within its own segment. It has an unmistakeable visual kinship with athletic family members such as the BMW S 1000 R. The small headlamp mask with striking headlamp, dynamically modelled fuel tank trim elements and characteristic roadster proportions with a striking front section and dynamic rear give the BMW G 310 R a mature presence on the road. Precisely modeled surfaces define the dynamic side view.
The compact, dynamic proportions and the short wheelbase promise fast changes of direction, while the high rear conveys a lightness that is suggestive of the bike's sporty genes. In spite of the clearly visible naked bike character of the BMW G 310 R, the side surfaces in body colour create a closed silhouette in athletic style. High-end details such as a standard upside-down fork, quality materials, supplementary fittings and excellent workmanship all reflect the finest within the segment, clearly underscoring the premium aspiration of the BMW G 310 R. The wheelbase is 1374mm and BMW has used the lightweight but strong five-spoke 17inch wheels which add to the big bike look of the G310R.
The engine that will be the most talked about part of the G310R and that is because it's a 313cc, single-cylinder, four-valve liquid-cooled engine, with double overhead camshafts and fuel injection. The engine has been designed to work across the globe and with all sorts of fuel quality. According to the folks at BMW Motorrad, the engine produces 34hp at 9500rpm and 28Nm of torque at 7500rpm. The engine design sees the cylinder head twisted around by 180-degrees but the cylinder is also canted backwards. According to the people at BMW, the advantages are both in allowing a straight pathway for the fuel and air mixture into the engine but also in the general architecture of the bike with a lower centre of gravity and allow for a longer swingarm and therefore more stable handling.
Like all BMW motorcycles, the new G 310 R is fitted with ABS as standard. It combines a powerful brake system with 2-channel ABS. At the front wheel, a single-disc brake with radially bolted 4-piston fixed caliper and a brake disc diameter of 300 millimetres ensures powerful and stable deceleration. At the rear, this function is performed by a 2-piston floating caliper in conjunction with a 240-millimetre brake disc. The G 310 R instrument cluster has a large liquid crystal display that offers excellent clarity and a wide range of information.
This bike should be launched in India sometime soon, but BMW’s priority is targeting the global markets with the G 310 R. If and when launched in India, the G 310 R will go up against the KTM Duke 390 and Kawasaki Z250, so prices should be in the range to be in the range of these bikes.
A dynamic roadster design, with echoes of the S 1000 R. The first BMW roadster under 500 cc.
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