BMW Motorrad’s cheapest offerings in India, the G 310 R and G 310 GS have been making a lot of noise since the first news of their launch. While the G 310 R has many worthy rivals to beat, the G 310 GS has been enjoying more of an empty arena except the Royal Enfield Himalayan. More on that later, we today have some interesting stuff for you.
One of the early owners of the baby BMW GS has made a road trip to Gurudongmar lake. This is the first BMW G 310 GS motorcycle to have achieved this feat. This trip has been done by Mohammed Junaid and we congratulate him for this gruesome yet pleasurable journey. To get you an idea, the Gurudongmar lake is one of the highest lakes in the whole world. It is situated in Sikkim at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m) from the sea level. Amazing, right.
The Gurudongmar lake also holds a special place among Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus as it is considered sacred by them. It is named after Guru Padmasambhava (aka Guru Rinpoche) who is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Lore has it that the lake has also been blessed by Guru Nanak while he passed through this area in 15th century.
Done with the history lesson, let’s now come to the bike. The BMW G 310 GS is the perfect bike for such a trip as it is an adventure tourer. The bike gets powered by a 313 cc engine that produces 34 Bhp of power at 9,500 rpm along with 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. It has a six speed gearbox and the body is designed such to provide comfort during long stretches of tarmac. The original BMW GS series bikes are more of an icon in the world of adventure tourers and the baby GS too has the same DNA, making it quite a good bike to have.
The only chink in its armor is the high asking of the bike. The bike costs Rs. 3.6 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi which is a lot. What however tips the scales to BMW’s favor is the fact that currently there is no proper rival to the bike giving it a headstart in the segment. The Royal Enfield Himalayan can be said to be a competition but it is far too low on power and equipment to really challenge the baby GS. All this is set to change with the launch of the Adventure version of KTM’s 390 Duke, but that is still some months away.