It was reported that the BMW G310R would be promoted uniquely through a new graphic novel known as ‘Riders in the Storm’. The BMW G310R is the first born of the three year old joint venture between BMW and TVS, forged with the intent to develop and manufacture smaller displacement motorcycles for emerging markets. The idea is that BMW’s conceptualization and engineering would meet TVS manufacturing prowess to put out high performance bikes at affordable prices.
According to a statement released by an authorised dealer of BMW Motorrad, the BMW G310R price begins at £4,290 (INR 3.89 lakh) in the UK. However, the BMW G310R price in the UK includes export duties and other extra charges as the model will be made at TVS Motor’s manufacturing facility in Hosur near Bengaluru. The BMW G310R price in the Indian market will be much lower. The bike will be launched in October in India as well as in the international markets.
In the midst of the 310 R’s tubular steel frame lives the newly developed 313cc liquid cooled heart. It is an oversquare single configuration with dual overhead camshafts, that is canted backwards to allow for the fuel injection. It pumps out 34 horsepower at 9,500 rpm and a peak torque of 28 Nm which is delivered at 7,500 rpm. This engine seems tuned towards all round performance and fuel economy rather than outright power. Reining in the bike are a pair of discs, with a 300 mm radially mounted four pot at the front and a 240 mm floating two pot at the rear. ABS is standard on all variants.
The BMW G310R sits on inverted forks and a monoshock, with a long aluminium swingarm adding further stability and poise. The combination of a pair of 17 inch radials by Metzeler with a 110/70 at the front and 150/60 at the rear should see the power and handling potential of the German street fighter exploited to the fullest. The claimed 158.5 kilo weight means that the Duke 390 is firmly in the sights of the 310 R.
BMW G310R vs Duke 390 – UK pricing
For reference, the KTM Duke 390 is available in the U.K. for a price tag of £4,549 (INR 4.12 lakh). Upon comparing the Duke 390’s UK price with the BMW G310R price, the German roadster could be sold in India with a price tag in the range of INR 1.7- 1.8 lakh. This means that the bike will be more affordable than the KTM Duke 390 that is available in India for a price of INR 1.96 lakh.