It has been a long time coming, eversince the BMW Mottorad and TVS Motor inked an agreement to manufacture sub-500 cc motorcycles back in 2013. With the first unveil in 2015 and its eventual launch in 2018, the sub-500 cc motorcycles – BMW G310 R and BMW G310 GS have been making ripples in the industry for its peppy performance and exceptional ride characteristics. We finally had our hands on the bars of a shiny new G310 R for a road test review on the streets of Delhi. Here is our take on what makes this machine a great buy!
LOOKS AND PLATFORM
At first sight, the BMW G310 R comes off as a tastefully crafted motorcycle with a distinct identity to the much bigger BMW S 1000 R. To look at the motorcycle is not too imposing yet has a premium presence. The finish and attention to detail is impeccable, with the use of striking colours that makes the bike stand out amongst a herd of motorcycle on the streets. Featuring a sporty headlamp fairing and a sharp looking triangular headlamp cluster, the façade is fresh and brutish. Essentially a naked roadster, the bulky tank and fairings add volume to an otherise lean skeleton. The G310 R has been constructed on a tubular space frame that adds a dimension of agility and control to this motorcycle.
Another eye catcher is the anodised gold forks in the front, the 41 mm USD (Upside-Down) forks come with upto 140 mm of travel. The silhouette is distinctive of a roadster with the low set seat also adding to ergnomical riding. The G310 has a distinctive rear end which gives the bike a sleek look. The rear also features an adjustable monoshock suspension and a detailed aluminum swingarm with cut-outs ensures a light weight construct and stability. The adjustable monoshock gets 131 mm of travel. The suspension is tuned to be mildly stiff and offers a well balanced and controlled ride. In sharp corners one can really appreciate the engineering of the frame and suspension. The wheelbase on this G310 R stands at 1,374 mm while the length of the motorcycle measures 2,005 mm. The G310 R is 820 mm wide and 1,080 mm tall.
POWERTRAIN AND RIDE
At the heart of this masterpiece is a 313 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) engine. The motor whips up a chirpy 33.5 hp at 9,500 rpm and an adequate 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The engine has been designed with an unusual tilt of the cylinder towards the rear, with the cylinder head being rotated 180 degrees, lowering the centre of gravity and shifting it towards the front wheel. This unique geometry has enabled BMW to make the G310 R extremely nimble and manouverable. The special engine design also caters to a very long swing arm in the rear. Inspite of a short wheelbase, the bike offers great ride stability.
Weighing in under 160 kgs, the BMW G310 R is nimble, agile and accelerates with ease. Open up the throttle and the engine revs happily to its redline. The G310 R is quite capable for in city riding and the 6-speed transmission proves to be quite adept for highway riding. With an ergonomic riding posture, both city and highway riding becomes effortless and comfortable. The transmission further has decently long legs for city sprints and one doesn’t necessarily need to upshift too often. Heat dissapation was also found to be adequate for Indian conditions but I would not venture out for too long on a hot summer day.
With the entry of the BMW G310 R, the Indian automotive circuit has finally witnessed an affordable class of motorcycle from a premium motorcycle maker. The bike may seem a bit pricey for its segment but is by far worth ever penny you invest. With engineering standards that will surely please and a strong brand appeal, the G310 R is a model you should definitely look at. In our review, the bike ticked off top marks for performance, rideability, looks and refinement. Furthermore with disc brakes on both wheels and a dual channel ABS setup, one can be sure of the stopping power and safety the G310 R has to offer.