TVS Motors has been manufacturing the BMW G 310R and the GS 310R motorcycles at its Hosur factory for the past many months but these motorcycles have been shipped only to export markets. Finally, these bikes will be launched in India as well, and BMW Motorrad dealers have announced that July 2018 will be when both the G 310R and GS 310R make their Indian debuts. Both motorcycles, which share their engines and various parts with the TVS Apache 310, are likely to be priced at a much higher premium due to the BMW badging. Some dealers are said to be taking bookings for the same, with booking amounts of Rs. 50,000.
Both motorcycles were showcased at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, during which it was confirmed that they’ll be launched here in 2018 itself. Both bikes will have different characters in terms of riding position and suspension tuning. However, their engines and suspension will be the same.
Both motorcycles will use the 313cc, reverse inclined four stroke engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. This single cylinder engine produces a peak power of 34 Bhp and a peak torque of 28 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard. The reverse inclined design of the engine allows for better packaging, allowing BMW engineers to distribute weight better and improve handling.
The G 310R will be a street naked, similar to the KTM Duke 390. It’ll be meant for everyday commuting and the occasional longer ride. It’s meant to be used as an everyday machine but will have slightly sportier ergonomics than the GS 310R. The GS moniker is a dead giveaway that this motorcycle is meant for touring.
The smallest motorcycle to wear the GS badge in BMW Motorrad’s global range, this bike comes with a comfortable seating position that will allow many hours of saddle time without fatigue. The GS 310R is expected to have a softer suspension set up that is meant to soak up bad roads while the G 310R could be more stiffly sprung. Both bikes will use upside down front forks and a monoshock rear. Tubeless tyres and alloy wheels will be standard, and so will be hydraulic disc brakes with dual channel ABS.