BMW G310R (KTM Duke rival) & GS 310R (Himalayan challenger) motorcycles coming to the 2018 Auto Expo

BMW G310R (KTM Duke rival) & GS 310R (Himalayan challenger) motorcycles coming to the 2018 Auto Expo

BMW Motorrad will showcase its lowest priced bikes for the Indian market – the G 310R naked sportsbike and the GS 310R adventure bike – at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Both bikes will soon be launched in India, and are expected to be priced competitively.

While the G 310R could be priced close to the Rs. 2 lakh mark, the GS 310R is expected to be about Rs. 50,000 pricier. Both bikes will be manufactured by TVS Motors – BMW Motorrad’s Indian partner – but will be sold and serviced through BMW showrooms. Due to extensive local content, the cost of buying and owning these entry-level BMW motorcycles is expected to be affordable.

The G 310R is a naked sportsbike that’s meant to attract the kinds of people who want a sporty, everyday motorcycle. The Duke 390 buyers will be direct targets of the new machine. It’s powered by the same 310cc, reverse inclined engine used on the Apache, but with a different ECU and consequently, a different state of tune. The fuel injected, liquid cooled engine will push out about 34 Bhp and 27 Nm, and will be paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox. It’ll feature upside down front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber as suspension components.

The GS 310R on the other hand is a motorcycle aimed at tourers and those who venture off good roads. The GS 310R will be mechanically very similar to the G 310R but will also have suspension tuned to handle off road riding. It’ll also have on-off road tyres. Styling will be different, with a front fairing, a high-rise front mudguard a small luggage rack at the rear. BMW Motorrad is also likely to offer various customization options for the GS 310R, including panniers and other touring chops. It’ll take on the Royal Enfield Himalayan, but will be priced much higher. The upcoming KTM Duke Adventure could be direct competition for the new BMW.

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