The three year old joint venture between BMW and TVS has been no real surprise in India, given the many successful collaborations in the past between Indian manufacturers and foreign manufacturers, with Hero-Honda, TVS-Suzuki and Kawasaki-Bajaj being notable ones. The very first product that is being manufactured as a part of the joint venture is a small displacement bike by BMW standards, the BMW G310R. However, the idea behind the joint venture between BMW and TVS was to bring BMW’s engineering, design and quality components together to manufacture quality small displacement motorcycles for the domestic and international motorcycle market at affordable costs at TVS’ facilities at Hosur in Tamil Nadu.
In what comes as good news for enthusiasts waiting eagerly for the release of the BMW G310R, pictures have surfaced on the internet of the assembly process. A close up of the engine and the bike itself on the assembly line have confirmed speculations that the bike may be available in the hands of bikers by the month of October. BMW has been teasing the bike endlessly on the internet and the bike itself has been spotted testing on multiple locations on highways in India. It is also speculated that the bike maybe launched at a price of 1.7 to 1.8 lakhs, which is a very tasty proposition for the masses.
The BMW G310R has a tubular steel chassis with an all-new 313 cc liquid cooled engine that is an oversquare single. The engine has dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and the engine itself is canted backward. The engine is rated at 34 horsepower at 9,500 RPM and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 RPM. The engine has been tuned with sporty commuting in mind and is likely to return about 25-28 kmpl if ridden wisely.
The BMW G310R features inverted forks and two 300 mm discs with radially mounted four piston calipers up front. A monoshock, aluminium swingarm and a 240 mm floating rear disk are found at the rear. ABS is standard on all variants. 17 inch radials by Metzeler with a 110/70 at the front and 150/60 at the rear ought to provide good grip and feedback on the road. The BMW G310R is also a lightweight at 158.5 kilograms dry. The power-to-weight ratio should be pretty good on the bike as a result. A range of accessories have also been announced for the bike.