Happy Diwali India, says BMW Motorrad, by unveiling the BMW G 310 R, a 313 cc streetfighter motorcycle that’ll soon be launched in India. A price tag close to the 2 lakh rupee mark is what the grapevine is predicting for this machine, which will take on the likes of the KTM Duke twins, the Mahindra Mojo and the Kawasaki Z250.
The pricing will make the new BMW motorcycle the most affordable bike in the brand’s history and India has a huge part to play. Enter TVS Motors, BMW Motorrad’s new partner, which will manufacture the G 310 R in India. The country’s affordable yet high quality manufacturing prowess is expected to keep the bike’s price very competitive.
While BMW Motorrad has been heavily involved in designing and developing the bike, TVS Motors is the manufacturing expert that has relied heavily upon localization. This partnership is similar to that of Bajaj-KTM, where KTM handles design and development, with Bajaj bringing in the manufacturing expertise.
Coming to the bike itself, a 313 cc liquid cooled, fuel injected four stroke DOHC engine with 34 Bhp and 28 Nm on tap, will power it. This bike’s an out and out streetfighter, and the rpm levels at which the peak power (9,500 rpm) and torque (7,500 rpm) are produced are clear indicators. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard.
Suspension is handled by upside down forks up front and a monoshock unit at the rear. Disc brakes are standard on both wheels, with a 300 mm disc and 4 pot front calipers at the front, and a 240 mm disc and 2 pot rear calipers at the rear. ABS is standard.
17 inch alloy wheels shod with a 110 section Metzeler tyre at the front and 150 section one a the rear round off the cycle parts. The motorcycle weighs 158.5 Kgs and has a 781 mm saddle height. While it’ll be sold as an beginner bike in Europe and other developed markets, it’ll be a premium motorcycle for BMW Motorrad in India. A lower priced, TVS branded motorcycle based on the G 310 R will also make its India debut in February 2016.