BMW Motorrad’s first motorcycle for India will be the G 310R naked sportsbike that’ll be launched here in the next few weeks. That’s just the beginning though. The same platform will be used to build two more bikes, a full faired sportsbike and an on-off road adventure motorcycle. The latter has just been spotted without camouflage.
Where will it sit?
This bike is BMW’s smallest in the adventure category, and will rival the Royal Enfield Himalayan. However, given the BMW badge on the tank, expect it to be priced much higher than the Himalayan. Yet, a lot of bikers would be interested in the BMW ADV machine given the specifications and technology it comes with. This bike will rival the Himalayan and the upcoming, 373 cc adventure motorcycle from KTM.
Engine, power, torque?
The BMW adventure bike is expected to share its engine with the G 310R. Given that the street bike makes about 34 Bhp-28 Nm from a 313 cc single cylinder motor, the adventure machine is likely to have similar power and torque numbers. A 6 speed manual gearbox could be standard.
How is it an adventure tourer?
As revealed by the spyshots, upside down front forks and a monoshock rear will make for suspension bits while the bike will also get more relaxed riding ergonomics. This translates into an upright riding position, a flatter handlebar and an overall stance that encourages long distance touring.
The bike’s also wearing on-off road tyres. It’s said to be running a 19 inch front wheel, and a smaller rear wheel. High ground clearance and rough road readiness is a given. Switchable ABS is a given. Also expect BMW to offer a flurry of touring/off road oriented accessories.
Where will it be built?
BMW Motorrad has tied up with TVS Motors to co-develop and build small capacity, premium motorcycles for markets around the world. As is the case with the G 310R, the adventure bike is likely to be built at TVS Motors’ Hosur factory. It’s expected to be sold in India and around the world.
It’s a BMW, which means it’s not going to be cheap. However, it’ll be built in India, by TVS, for the market here. Hence, an affordable price tag is very likely. Our estimates put the bike’s pricing in between 3-4 lakh rupees. While that’s double the price of a Himalayan, the sheer engineering depth and BMW’s reputation may be able to justify the premium. The bike could be unveiled at this year’s InterMot, which kicks off on the 5th of October.
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