BMW G 310 GS

Price of BMW G 310 GS in India: INR 3,49 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Launch of BMW G 310 GS in India: July 2018

Introduction

Earlier this year, TVS was in headline with the launch of the Apache RR 310. And now, in collaboration with the German automaker – BMW Motorrad, they wanted to make the smaller and more accessible motorcycles. TVS introduce the super-sport class for the 310 while BMW Motorrad come up with the street-fighter and adventure segments for their 310 and named them as G 310 R and G 310 GS respectively. Recently both the motorcycles were launched in India. Below is the detail review about the newly introduce – BMW G 310 GS.

Styling

At the first look, many would make the mistake about the BMW G 310 GS to be a full-blown heavy-weight adventure motorcycle. Well, its somewhat correct as the G 310 GS is a sibling of G 310 R but all the design are inspired from its elders brother in the GS family. The long travel suspension, off-size front and rear wheels along with beaked front which is like a semi-fairing. G 310 GS also comes with a small windshield at the front and a grab-rail unit at the rear end with a integrated mounts for the top-box. The motorcycle looks big and attract a lot of attention on road. The new G 310 GS is available in three colors: Cosmic Black, Pearl White Metallic and Racing Red.

Instrument Cluster

The new BMW G 310 GS comes with a completely digital instrument cluster, but it shows the same information as we have seen on the vertically stacked cluster of the Apache RR 310, although the GS has a horizontal unit which looks purposeful on the bike. However, BMW should have included a colored display and a little more advanced software feature to justify the price tag. G 310 GS has the same switch gear which was there in the Apache, however the fit and finish touch looks good and the GS also comes with an extra ABS button to switch off the rear wheel ABS.

BMW G 310 GS (Instrument Cluster)

BMW G 310 GS

Ergonomics

BMW G 310 GS is a totally adventure motorcycle which has a higher ground clearance with higher seat height. At 835 mm, the GS is tall to get on, but the soft suspension would sit down a bit and the rider will have enough height to tip-toe. The seating posture is upright and the adjustable handlebars is also very easy to use as the rider can adjust it to a perfectly comfortable posture. The G 310 GS has the GS family ergonomics, as a result the metal foot pegs are center-set and have rubber pads which can also be removed for more grip while off-roading.

Performance

The new BMW G 310 GS powered by a 313cc, Liquid-Cooled, Reverse-Inclined, DOHC engine which can produce a maximum power of 34 PS at 9500 rpm and a peak torque of 28 Nm at 7500 rpm. All these numbers are totally same in all the three 310s bike. However, the two BMW’s engines has a slightly different tune. The low-end has more punch as the mid-range and the top-end are comparatively same. It’s a single cylinder unit so the vibrations are obvious but the buzz comes in after 7000 RPM. During the idling time, there is a little vibrations and the exhaust note isn’t that interesting. It becomes rough after crossing 6000 RPM mark and the engine redlines at 11,000 RPM. G 310 GS is expected to give a mileage of around 30 km/liter and a top speed of around 140 kmph.

BMW G 310 GS has light clutch and the gearbox also has crisp shifts. However, first gear is long and takes you to 58 km/hr while the rest gears are comparatively short and you need to shift to third gear to reach the 100 km/hr mark. Riding at 100 km/hr in 6th gear, the tachometer shows around 6000-6500 RPM which is pretty good. There is no such roughness in the engine except for the vibrations that start coming in at the top mark. This reverse-inclined 310 engine feels like it’s built to last!

Riding Dynamics

From normal road to off-road to no-roads, the new BMW G 310 GS can go places with its high ground clearance and the dual purpose tires which kept the motorcycle going. The suspension also compliments it a lot. The G 310 GS would smoothly run over irregular road with high and low bumps and will be a great off roading motorcycle. During off road session, just stand up and tackle any terrain. However, for longer period on off roads the tires might create an issue as they were dual purpose Metzelers which were meant for road and sometimes for off-road riding. The only issue regarding riding dynamics was the suspension are too soft and taking the BMW G 310 GS into corners will not be a very good idea as it wouldn’t stay planted, but it will be a fun to ride on off-roads.

Braking performance is excellent and the switchable ABS also helps a lot during the off-roading. The BMW G 310 GS just drops down under hard braking due to the long-travel suspension (40 mm increase in suspension travel at the front and rear) comes into play.

BMW G 310 GS (Engine)

BMW G 310 GS (Seats)

Dimensions

BMW G 310 GS dimensions measures as 2075 mm of length, 880 mm of width, 880 mm of height, 835 mm of seat height, 220 mm of ground clearance, 1420 mm of wheelbase and 169.5 kg of kerb/wet weight.

Verdict

The new BMW G 310 GS is a complete motorcycle made for a purpose. It will direct compete with the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Kawasaki Versys-X 300, but the build quality along with the fit and finish touch makes this BMW stand apart. As this motorcycle comes as an entry level tourer, its 11 litre fuel tank capacity is not good enough. This bike will surly attract those people who are looking for an entry-level adventure-tourer and along with the BMW badge, this G 310 GS is the one to go for. However, it’s little costly but while comparing to its competitors, it also stand near by only, so there will not be such major differences and it will be a worth the price.

What’s Cool

  • Excellent ride quality.
  • Both rider and pillion have comfort.
  • Power delivery increase slowly, as progress the mid-range is strong and opens up towards the top end.

What’s Not

  • Price is bit premium which makes accessible to only a few enthusiasts.
  • Only 11 litre of fuel tank capacity which is little less for an adventure tourer bike.
  • Soft suspension does not keep the bike grounded on the corners and nose-dives while braking.

BMW G 310 GS (Rear View)

Competitors of BMW G 310 GS

Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Price: INR 4,69 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine: 296 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Maximum Power: 39.45 Bhp at 11,500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 25.70 Nm @ 10,000 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 litres

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Price: INR 1.79 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine: 411 cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, 4 stroke, SOHC
Maximum Power: 24.83 PS at 6500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 32 NM at 4250 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15 litres

Specification of BMW G 310 GS

BMW G 310 GS 
Engine
Engine DescriptionWater-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, four valves, two overhead camshafts and finger followers
Fuel SystemElectronic fuel injection, BMS-E2
Displacement313 cc
Maximum Power33.6 BHP at 9500 rpm
Maximum Torque28 NM at 7500 rpm
Emission StandardClosed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-4
LubricationWet sump
Compression Ratio10.6:1
Bore80 mm
Stroke62.1 mm
Dimensions
Overall Length2075 mm
Overall Width880 mm
Overall Height1230 mm
Seat Height835 mm
Ground Clearance220 mm
Wheelbase1420 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight169.5 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity11 litres
Reserve Fuel Capacity1 litres
Maximum Payload175.5 kg
Permitted Total Weight345 kg
Gearbox and Clutch
Number of Gears6
Gearbox TypeSynchromesh transmision
Integrated in the motor housing.
ClutchMultiple-disc clutch in oil bath, mechanically operated
Final DriveEndless Z-ring chain, shock damping in rear wheel hub
Suspension
Front SuspensionUpside down fork , Ø 41 mm
Rear SuspensionSolid die-cast aluminum swingarm, directly hinged monoshock, adjustable preload
Front Wheel Travel180 mm
Rear Wheel Travel180 mm
Brakes
Front Brake
Single disc, diameter 300 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper, radially bolted
Rear BrakeSingle disc, diameter 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)BMW Motorrad ABS
Tire Size and Wheel
Front Tyre110/80 R19
Rear Tyre150/70 R17
Front Wheel2.50 x 19"
Rear Wheel4.0 x 17"

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