BMW Motorrad has begun dispatching test-ride units of the GS 310R adventure motorcycle, which will be launched next week. The GS 310R will be BMW Motorrad’s most affordable adventure motorcycle, and prices are likely to start from under Rs. 4 lakhs. The motorcycle is manufactured in India by TVS Motors at its Hosur factory. In fact, TVS Motors is BMW Motorrad’s global partner for small capacity motorcycles, and the first two products from this partnership are the BMW G 310R and the GS 310R. TVS Motors also sells the Apache 310 RR, a motorcycle that was borne out of this partnership, but that sells only with the TVS badge.
While the TVS Apache 310 RR is priced at about Rs. 2.2 lakhs, the BMW range of entry-level motorcycles, such as the G 310R street bike and the GS 310R adventure machine will be priced much higher to capitalize on the BMW brand. Both the BMW G 310R and GS 310R motorcycles will be powered by a 311-cc, reverse-inclined four-stroke engine that puts out 34 Bhp-28 Nm. Notably, this engine is the same unit offered in the TVS Apache RR 310. In the entry-level BMWs though, the ECU tune is expected to be different, with a focus on stronger low-end and mid-range performance. This single-cylinder, four-stroke engine gets liquid cooling, a 4 valve DOHC head and fuel injection as standard.
The gearbox is a six-speed unit. The suspension of both the BMW G 310R and GS 310R consist of upside-down front forks and a monoshock rear. On the GS 310R, the suspension tune will be softer and will have much more travel considering the motorcycle’s adventure bike positioning. Ergonomics and styling will be different as well. While the G 310R has a sportier riding position meant for the street, the GS 310R will have a more relaxed riding position meant for longer distances and off-road riding. The GS 310R also gets a front fairing to afford some wind protection for the rider. Over to the launch now.