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German motorcycle manufacturer BMW Motorrad showcased its entry-level adventure motorcycle, the G 310 GS at the Auto Expo 2018. BMW already retails the G 310 GS in several European markets and bookings for the same have started in India. So, what does the G 310 GS offers in the entry-level adventure bike segment? Let's find out in this first look review of the BMW G 310 GS.
BMW G 310 GS Design
The overall design of the BMW G 310 GS is inspired by its bigger siblings, the R 1200 GS and the F 850 GS and the F 750 GS. Up front, the BMW G 310 GS gets a triangular-shape headlamp and a small windscreen. The bike also gets the signature beak-shape front fender along with the conventional front mudguard. The fuel tank is muscular and sculpted with shrouds and the GS branding. The tank shrouds also get the prominent BMW logo.
The side profile of the BMW G 310 GS looks raw and menacing with the exposed trellis frame. The side panels are minimalistic which gives a rugged look to the motorcycle. The single piece is designed to provide optimum comfort to both the rider and the pillion. The G 310 GS also features a bash plate to protect the oil sump and engine from any impact during off-roading.
The tail section of the BMW G 310 GS features a luggage rack which can be used to mount a top box. The bike gets a sleek tail tidy design with an LED tail lamp and number plate holder. The upswept exhaust and the tall stance helps during water wading and also renders a rugged look to the adventure motorcycle.
BMW G 310 GS Fact Sheet
|Expected Price||Rs 2.5 lakh|
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, water-cooled|
|Fuel Used||Petrol Only|
BMW G 310 GS Engine Details
The BMW G 310 GS draws power from the existing 313cc single-cylinder, water-cooled engine producing 33.5bhp @ 9,000rpm and 28Nm of torque @ 7,500rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox delivering power to the rear wheel. The same engine is deployed in the G 310 R, the naked variant of the G 310 GS.
BMW G 310 GS Features
The BMW G 310 GS comes with a host of features such as a fully-digital instrument cluster, GPS device for navigation, a luggage rack to mount a top box, rally-style brake pedal, sleek LED turn indicators, sculpted seat, alloy wheels and an engine belly pan. The trellis frame also plays a key role in the agile handling of the motorcycle.
The BMW G 310 GS is equipped with 41mm upside down forks finished in golden colour up front and monoshock suspension setup at the rear. Both the front and rear suspension offer travel of 140mm. Braking duties are handled by 330mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the rear. ABS is offered as a standard feature. The motorcycle gets 19-inch alloy wheel a the front and 17-inch wheel at the rear.
BMW G 310 GS Rivals
Currently, in the Indian market, there are no players in the entry-level adventure motorcycle segment except for the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The BMW G 310 GS will rival the likes of the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the upcoming Hero XPulse. KTM is also planning to introduce the 390 Adventure in India, which might be a fitting rival to the BMW G 310 GS.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The BMW G 310 GS
The BMW G 310 GS will be the most affordable adventure motorcycle in India from the German two-wheeler maker. BMW Motorrad is likely to launch the G 310 GS in the Indian market by in the second half of 2018. Expect the BMW G 310 GS to be priced in the range of Rs 3 lakh ex-showroom. With the superior build quality and top-notch hardware, the G 310 GS will be an ideal adventure motorcycle for beginner riders in the country.