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The German automaker, BMW Motorrad is slowly expanding its reach in the growing Indian two-wheeler market. From sports bikes to adventure tourers, BMW has identified the changing market demands and is ready to cater it. Recently, the company introduced one of their most popular GS model, the G 310 GS. Developed in Munich, Germany, the bike is built and sold by TVS in India. It is the first time that BMW has created a GS-branded motorcycle that displaces less than 500cc. Built on the same platf....Read complete review
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The German automaker, BMW Motorrad is slowly expanding its reach in the growing Indian two-wheeler market. From sports bikes to adventure tourers, BMW has identified the changing market demands and is ready to cater it. Recently, the company introduced one of their most popular GS model, the G 310 GS. Developed in Munich, Germany, the bike is built and sold by TVS in India. It is the first time that BMW has created a GS-branded motorcycle that displaces less than 500cc. Built on the same platform as the TVS Apache RR 310 and the G 310 R, the G 310 GS is a competent touring bike with more than handy off-road capabilities. The BMW G 310 GS looks like a mini-replica of the R 1200 GS. Just like the R 1200 GS, it also comes with a pointed beak, and flaunts a similar rear rack and body panels. Even the digital instrument cluster is the same as its elder sibling. The G 310 GS is fitted with a 313cc engine which is refined and tuned to perform while touring as well as off-roading. The adventure tourer segment is just getting started in India. It starts today at Rs 1.8 lakh for Royal Enfield Himalayan and goes up to Rs 4.6 lakh for Kawasaki Versys X-300. The BMW G 310 GS is only the third entrant in the category. It was originally launched in India at Rs 4.19 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), however, in an attempt to increase the sales, the company recently announced year-end discounts and benefits of Rs 70,000. The bike now retails at Rs 3.49 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The BMW G 310 GS is available in three exciting colour variants - Racing Red, Cosmic Black and Pearl White Metallic.
Although the design is heavily borrowed from its elder sibling, the R 1200 GS, its more artful, and the package is wrapped in wonderful bodywork. At the front, you can spot a functional lower mudguard, topped by a typical GS beak that extends from the headlight. The short screen and the fairing completes the look that is clearly BMW and is clearly a part of the GS family. The beefy fuel-tank has bold GS letters marked on it and adds to the muscular stance of the bike. Fit and finish are excellent, and it can give several middleweight adventure bikes a run for their money in terms of design and styling. The rear features a standard luggage rack and a plastic sump guard is fitted to protect the engine. The quality of this sump guard may cause some worries, especially while off-roading.
The all-digital instrument console is the exact same as the G 310 R, with standard speedometer and tachometer. It gives important read-outs for a fuel gauge, gear indicator, trip meter and range. All that information is pretty handy, but the readability is low when direct light from the skies falls on the dash. The LCD instrument panel is informative, but being a GS, even if it's the entry-level GS, a full-colour TFT screen would have been certainly welcomed and added more value to the features package.
BMW has fitted the G 310 GS with a 313cc, water-cooled, single cylinder, four-Valves, DOHC engine which features fuel-injection system. It’s the same engine that powers the G 310 R and the TVS Apache RR 310. The engine is capable of generating a maximum power of 34PS at 9,500rpm and a peak torque of 28Nm at 7,500rpm, which is transmitted to the rear wheel through a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s not an outright rocket engine, but a calm, strong and silent one. The fuel tank can store up to 11 litres of fuel and BMW claims that the bike can clock a top speed of 143kmph. The mid-range is strong; you can smoothy cruise all-day at around 100kmph, but on the other side, you need to constantly keep revving it up around the grunt, and that’s not really ideal when you're riding off-road.
Built on a tubular steel frame with bolted rear frame, The BMW G 310 GS offers a comfortable ride and glides over all kinds of surfaces with excellent stability and poise. Suspension setup comprises of 41mm upside down front forks and a swingarm, monoshock, with adjustable preload, at the rear that helps the bike to easily absorb patches and potholes on the roads. Together with the larger 19-inch front alloy wheel and a 17-inch rear alloy wheel, it makes for a completely different riding experience. The alloy wheels are wrapped in fat tubeless tyres, 110/80 at the front and 150/70 at the rear. The braking setup is quite strong and provides a good bite, with 300mm single-disc at the front and 240mm single-disc at the rear. ABS is offered as standard. Though the bike is tall and heavy, it remains planted at all times and provides an excellent riding experience.
Along with an all-disc braking setup, BMW has offered a disengageable, switchable ABS as standard. The G 310 GS gets an option to kill ABS intervention on the rear wheel by manually switching off ABS, which does come in handy, especially when you’re heading down trails.
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