BMW collaborated with TVS for making sub 500cc motorcycles and as a result, we will get the naked G 310R next year. Both the manufacturers are bringing some life back to the small capacity segment.
Some rumours have surfaced that after launching the much-anticipated G 310R, BMW is set to bring a 125cc motorcycle next year. For emerging markets like India, smaller capacity machines will allow manufacturers to tap a wider audience.
According to a report from MCN, BMW Motorrad is planning to go below the 300 cc mark and might come with a 125cc motorcycle towards the end of next year.
When asked about entering the small capacity segment, Mr Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad said, "It is not a strategy to have lots of volume in the small capacity segment, the task of the G310 is to lower the hurdle for new customers.
"We want to attract new customers but we will not go to 125cc or lower. The G310 is 100% a BMW that attracts new customers who may step up to our big bikes as our main focus will remain the big bikes above 500cc."
For now, the manufacturers smallest capacity machine is the G 310R. TVS has a lot experience in making smaller capacity machine, especially 125cc machines.
If both the manufacturers are entering this segment with a 125cc motorcycle, they would have to make sure that it has to be good. Because the motorcycle has to compete with likes of Yamaha R125, Duke 125, and Suzuki's and Aprilia's 125cc machines.