The BMW G 310 R was introduced in India in mid-2018, and although being a considerably good product, it received flak for its high pricing. So, having understood that one of the biggest reasons the G 310 R wasn’t climbing up the sales charts was due to its price tag, BMW reduced the cost in 2020 by a whopping Rs 54,000.
However, it did not cut back on anything. Instead, the German manufacturer added a few elements that would strengthen the G 310 R’s value for money. And having ridden the G 310 R for a good number of days, here we tell you five reasons you should buy the most affordable BMW motorcycle.
In our opinion, the feel-good element of a motorcycle is probably the most prominent deciding factor, especially in the premium segment. You would undoubtedly want your money’s worth when shelling out north of Rs 2 lakh.
And here the G 310 R carries a strong point- the BMW badge. The brand, known for producing one of the best motorcycles and cars has heritage and in a way, class to justify the price. Not only that, it also assures premium build quality. The G 310 R’s quality leaves no room for complaints. The fitment is neat, the switchgear feels solid and the paint quality is top-notch too.
Decently rich features
Now, if you compare the BMW G310 R with its biggest rival- the KTM 390 Duke, it does fall short since the latter offers Bluetooth connectivity, a full-colour display, and switchable ABS. However, the G 310 R is decently equipped.
In the new model, you get full-LED lighting for the headlamp, tail lamp and turn indicators. You also get adjustable levers, ride-by-wire throttle, and dual-channel ABS. Moreover, BMW is also offering the motorcycle in some interesting colour options.
The Style Sport trim gets bright red wheels and frame along with red accents on the body panels which are finished in white and dark grey. The other two colour schemes are called Cosmic Black and Polar White which also look cool and eye-catching.
We Indians aren’t known for having a great deal of above-average vertical extent and the BMW G310 R caters exactly to that. With a seat height of a mere 785mm, the motorcycle will be a perfect fit for short riders and less intimidating for newer riders as well.
That said, BMW has also got the seating comfort on the G310 R right. As we found out from our review, the motorcycle offers ample space for large riders and a comfortably sporty riding position.
Secured inside the trellis frame is a 313cc, single-cylinder engine with water-cooling. This motor, which produces 33.5bhp and 28Nm of torque, offers good grunt in the mid-range from 3,500-6000rpm. It makes for quite a fun ride in the city but anything faster than 110kmph and the motor feels stressed and vibey especially on the footpegs and handlebar.
Nevertheless, the tractable nature and the extremely nimble and confidence-inspiring handling make the G310R a hoot while filtering through traffic or tipping into corners. Most importantly, it delivered a fuel efficiency of around 30.2kmpl on our test run.
And as we mentioned earlier, the revised pricing has just made the 2021 BMW G 310 R an attractive proposition. It is priced at Rs 2.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it costs nearly Rs 26,000 lesser than the 390 Duke which retails at Rs 2.75 lakh.
All said and done the G310R offers an enjoyable riding experience with its good mid-range grunt, and useful if not fancy features. It also promises a comfortable ride and the feel-good factor that comes with riding a motorcycle that features the blue and white propeller badge on its sides.