BMW G 310R, the most affordable BMW bike is available in many foreign markets instead of being made in India. BMW has finally confirmed that the motorcycle will be launched here later this year. What does the world think about it? Even though we cannot give you first-hand riding experience of the bike, we sure can tell you what journalists around the world think about it.
Revzilla says that the bike will serve a different purpose in different markets. While in countries like India and Brazil, it will serve as a premium bike, in developed markets, it will serve as a second bike for people or a bike for people who want nimble handling for daily rides. They say that the bike will please all kind of markets and BMW has done a good job with the product.
BMW had a difficult balancing act with this bike. It has to be affordable without feeling cheap. Plus, you know some people will say it’s not a “real” BMW because it’s not made in Germany.
In the end, there were only two areas where I saw attributes that felt less than the “premium” tag BMW used so much. First, when I squeezed the tank with my knees, I felt a surprising amount of vibration through the tank, especially in the midrange, around 7,000 rpm, which is right where you want to be spinning the engine for spirited riding. Vibration was minimal in the footpegs, which have rubber inserts, even less yet in the seat, and almost non-existent in the handgrips. For that reason, I don’t think it will be a big problem for most riders.
If it’s built to a tight budget, the G 310 R is doing a pretty good job of hiding it: the brakes are excellent at this price point. It’s only got a single front disc (show me a modern sub-500cc machine that hasn’t) but there’s a radial-mounted four-piston calliper biting it, from Bybre, Brembo’s Indian-built brand.
I kept grabbing the lever (after checking nothing was behind me) purely because I was so impressed with the progression and power. They’re not as good as actual Brembos of course – you have to give the lever a firm squeeze – but there’s loads of power when you do. ABS is standard.
The result? A bike meeting BMW’s standard for quality that belies its $4750 price tag. Taking a quick walk around the G 310 Rs at the press launch showed that refinement is visually evident in clean welds on the tubular-steel frame, quality castings, precise fit of every plastic body panel and extensive use of allen head fasteners. Same for the view from the saddle: A full-feature LCD dash including bar graph tachometer, gear indicator, shift light, trip computer functions, and more, greet the rider. Handlebar switchgear is topnotch, the grips and bar end weights would be at home on an S1000R, an inset BMW logo atop the bar mount and radial dimpled steering stem nut cap the upscale presentation.
The BMW exudes a visual level of quality that’s frankly unexpected in such a low cost product manufactured offshore. Only the plastic switchgear looks cut-price – the rest of the G310R components look very BMW, with high quality alloy castings and forged triple clamps, an LED tail light, an exceptionally lustrous paint job, and on this early production model at least, build quality looks good. This is an inexpensive BMW, not a cheap one.