BMW G310 R
Expected Launch Date: May 2017
Across the globe, motorcycle manufacturers are using mid-displacement bikes to reverse a gradual decline of interest in two-wheelers caused by decades of evermore intimidating and pricey models. The success of the made-in-India KTM 390 Duke and RC in the European and American markets highlights both the importance of this class of motorcycle and the make-in-India-sell-worldwide formula. Although BMW walked into this party well after KTM, it is clear the fun has only just begun and the G310 R is ready to strut in fine style.
Going by the styling, it is clear that BMW is playing it safe, which is strange when you consider that quirkiness is a BMW hallmark. Then there are the specs – 313cc of displacement, 33.6bhp of power and a kerb weight of 158kg. Although these figures won't worry the competition or send enthusiasts rushing for their cheque books, if the G310 R can emulate the sophistication and refinement of BMW’s bigger motorcycles, it will be a very interesting proposition indeed. Good ride comfort and everyday rideability should tempt riders who want a well-rounded motorcycle to swing a leg over.
Don’t mistake the G310 R for a dull performer though. The short-stroke single-cylinder engine’s layout is reversed (the cylinder inclines towards the rear wheel and the exhaust exits from the rear) to create a more compact motorcycle and optimise weight distribution. This has all-round benefits as it allows for a longer swingarm for greater stability while keeping the wheelbase tight for better manoeuvrability. USD front forks, monoshock rear, ABS-equipped 310mm disc brakes are some of the essentials in this class and the BMW has them and will surely wow when thrown around twisty bits of tarmac. Expect the BMW G310 R to go on sale in India sometime in the middle of 2016 with prices starting at Rs 1.8 lakh.