Arguably one of the most awaited and BMW's affordable naked street fighters, BMW G 310 R seems to be delaying its launch in India more than what enthusiasts would have expected.
BMW Motorrad had earlier said that it would launch the G 310 R by the end of 2017; however, a BMW India top boss has said that the India launch has been further delayed.
When BMW Motorrad officially entered India, the company did not include this 313cc, single cylinder naked sports bike in its product lineup, though it launched most of its product range in the country.
The product portfolio included adventure bikes from the R1200 range, along with the six-cylinder K1600 range and even the neo-retro R NineT range. This also involved the recently updated 2017 S1000 range featuring the S1000RR superbike, the touring-oriented S1000XR and the S1000R sport-naked.
Currently, with just four showrooms around the country, BMW Motorrad is in the process of identifying more dealerships to make the G 310 R more widely available. The BMW G 310 R is being positioned as a more mass-market bike compared to the company's other offerings.
Speaking to an English daily, Vikram Pawah, president of BMW India, confirmed this by saying, "We need to have an adequate retail infrastructure before it (the G 310 R) becomes available here."
The G 310 R is being developed in collaboration with TVS Motors, has a unique single-cylinder engine with its liquid-cooled cylinder reclined backwards, and head rotated 180 degrees which exchanges positions of the inlet and exhaust ports.
With the unique change, it allowed for much better packaging and significantly improved weight distribution. Power specifications from this unit are 33b.5hp at 9,000rpm and torque of 28.4Nm at 7,500rpm.
The motorcycle has already gone into production and is being exported to European and the U.S. market. The delay means that the Apache RR 310S, TVS's full-faired take on the G 310 R, will go on sale ahead of BMW's bike hits the market.
Upon launch, the BMW G 310 R is expected to cost at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 2.50 lakh onwards.
Probably its worth waiting for BMW Motorrad to launch the G 310 R in India. And it is commendable from the company to make sure substantial network exists as the naked street fighter is a mass market product.