Hold your horses folks.
Ever since news of the BMW G310R coming to India has surfaced, motorcyclists have been drooling over this beauty and dreaming of maybe be owning it too. I mean come on, it’s a BMW!! Who wouldn’t dream of having one in their garage?
The smallest capacity motorcycle yet to ride out of the BMW Motorrad stable, the G310R is powered by a new 313cc, single-cylinder engine which is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Using an electronic fuel injection system, the liquid-cooled motor makes 34PS of power at 9,500rpm and delivers a peak torque of 28Nm at 7,500rpm. The company claims that the maximum speed of the BMW G 310 R is over 144kmph and that it will return a fuel economy of more than 30kmpl at a constant speed of 90kmph.
Since being showcased in India at the Auto Expo 2016, the excitement (obviously), as well as the speculation about this bike has been building up. And then comes the news that the G310 R is priced at GBP 4,290 in the UK, which roughly translates to about 3.88 lakhs INR. Why is that significant? Well that’s because that makes it cheaper than the KTM Duke 390 and the Kawasaki Z300. Who would’ve thought eh?
Now that may have set quite a few hearts beating faster in excitement, but we need to take it with pinch of salt. As the old saying goes “don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” So there is absolutely no guarantee that when the G 310R does come to India, it will be cheaper than the the Duke 390 or the Kawasaki Z300. In fact who knows what the pricing will be. That being said, considering that the bike will be manufactured by TVS Motor Company, I hope they do price it competitively.
Looking at the premium features of the bike like USD front forks, rear monoshock, front and rear disc brakes, wide tyres and ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), if BMW, thanks to their partnership with TVS, can manage to deliver good quality at a competitive price, it’s going to have a lot of bike manufacturers getting sweaty palms. All we can do is, hope that it happens. Till then, keep dreaming, keep drooling.