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    New BMW G 310 GS Vs KTM 390 ADV Vs RE Himalayan – Comparison

    New BMW 310 GS
    With the launch of the updated BMW G 310 GS, a comparison is in order with its nearest rivals- KTM 390 Adventure and Royal Enfield Himalayan

    BMW Motorrad has finally launched its entry-level G 310 twins in India. While the G 310 R is a naked roadster, G 310 GS is an adventure tourer. With growing popularity and demands for Adventure bikes in India, this is currently a hotly contested space with big players such as KTM 390 Adventure and Royal Enfield Himalayan fighting it out.
    By launching a much affordable BS6 iteration of G 310 GS, BMW has announced its entry in a grand fashion. It is even more affordable than its KTM counterpart and that has left many biking enthusiasts surprised. So let us find out by comparing it with its nearest rivals in this segment how it fares against them.
    All these bikes now comply with the latest BS6 emission norms. While all are powered by single-cylinder units, the Himalayan gets a single overhead camshaft instead of double cams like the rest. Therefore the Himalayan has the lowest power output among the three ADVs even though it carries the largest displacement. The 373.2cc engine of KTM 390 produces the highest output of 43.5 PS of power and 37 Nm of peak torque.
    While the Himalayan gets a five-speed gearbox, the 390 Adventure and G 310 GS get a six-speed unit. The latter two come with a slipper clutch and assist alongside clutch by wire system as standard. These have been new additions in the BMW adventure motorcycle.
    BMW G 310 GS Engine Specs vs Rivals
    Dimensions of a bike turn out to be very critical when one to go in beaten tracks and these bikes are made for that. There is no considerable difference in their heights, widths and lengths. However, when it comes to their kerb weight, Himalayan is a lot heavier than its peers at 199kg while the KTM and BMW weigh 175kg and 169kg respectively and that can be felt in its performance as well.
    KTM 390 Adventure continues to lead the segment in terms of features on offer. However, BMW has made some valuable additions too in its latest iteration of G 310 GS. Both these motorcycles come with a throttle-by-wire technology and full LED lighting setup whereas Himalayan is offered with a conventional cable-operated throttle and halogen lamp setup.
    BMW G 310 GS Dimensions vs Rivals
    All three bikes are equipped with common features such as dual-channel ABS with switchable rear-wheel ABS deactivation. However, KTM 390 clearly leads with the equipment list consisting of a 5-inch TFT colour infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, Off-Road Mode, MTC (lean angle sensitive), bi-directional quick shifter, traction control and cornering ABS.
    While none of these motorcycles can’t be defined as hardcore off-roaders meant for trail bashing, the Himalayan is definitely more suited to take on the rough paths. Whereas the KTM and BMW are more touring friendly which can manage occasional off-roading. The KTM 390 and BMW G 310 are equipped with upside forks at front with 43mm WP Apex and 41mm USD suspension units respectively.
    On the other hand, Himalayan gets 41mm telescopic at front with a travel of 200mm way more than 180mm and 170mm available in BMW and KTM respectively. All three motorcycles are equipped with a mono-shock at rear with preload adjustable units for 390 Adventure and G 310 and a multi-link unit for Himalayan.
    The G 310 and 390 Adventure ride on 19-inch front and 17inch rear wheels while Himalayan rides on 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. While the former two use alloy wheels wrapped around by tubeless tyres, Himlayan gets tube tyres which are wrapped around spoke wheels. Anchoring duties are carried out by disc brakes at both ends on all three bikes with dual-channel ABS on offer.
    BMW G 310 GS Price vs Rivals
    Royal Enfield Himalayan is by far the most affordable in this space with its prices starting at Rs 1.89 lakh. However, it is also the least powerful and least specced model too in comparison to its compatriots. KTM 390 Adventure is now the most expensive in this range at Rs 3.04 lakh, however, it is also the most powerful of the lot and gets the most number of features as well. (Prices mentioned are ex-showroom) More

  • 2020 BMW G 310 GS First Owner Takes Delivery In Mumbai

    Image – Karsan Thakur
    The new BMW G 310 R is now priced at Rs.2.45 lakhs and BMW G 310 GS gets a price tag of Rs.2.85 lakhs

    Earlier this month, BMW Motorrad launched the much awaited BS6 versions of their made in India, made for the world motorcycles – the G310 twins. The two motorcycles, G310R and G310GS get several cosmetic and feature updates, new colour schemes and mechanical changes with engines updated to meet the new BS 6 emission standards.
    Though these were launched couple of days back, deliveries had not started. Now, Mumbai based Karsan Thakur has taken delivery of the updated G 310 GS and become one of the first owner of the motorcycle in the country.
    Prices are cheaper than BS4 counterparts
    BMW BS6 G 310 R and G 310 GS bikes in India are priced at Rs.2.45 lakhs and Rs.2.85 lakhs, ex-sh. This makes them cheaper than their BS4 counterparts which were at Rs.2.99 lakhs and Rs.3.49 lakhs respectively. This competitive pricing also makes the two BMW bikes cheaper than its rivals KTM Duke 390, KTM 390 ADV in India. Production is being undertaken in partnership with TVS, at the TVS Motor Company plant in Hosur.
    The two BMW bikes are also offered with EMIs starting at Rs.4,500 and Rs.5,500 respectively while the bikes also come in with three years warranty with unlimited kilometers. Customers are also offered the option of extended 4th and 5th year warranty at added cost of Rs.16,250 while the first 500 customers can avail this service at a special price of Rs.5,499.
    BMW G310R BS6
    Features and Colour Options
    Both the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS receive some cosmetic updates. Though they both sport the same silhouette as seen on their earlier counterparts, they now receive revised LED head and tail lamps, LED DRLs and LED turn indicators. It also gets Ride-By-Wire technologies. New side panels and body graphics are also a part of this update along with new colour schemes.
    The BMW G310 R gets colour options of Cosmic Black, Polar White and ‘Style Sport’ in Limestone Metallic which is at an added cost of INR 10,000. The BMW G 310 GS colour options include Polar White, ‘40 years of GS’ Edition in Cosmic Black and ‘Style Rallye’ in Kyanite blue Metallic at an additional INR 6,000 on ex-showroom price for the ‘Style Rallye’ and ‘40 years of GS’ Edition.
    Features include a fully digital LCD instrument panel with easy read outs for speed, tachometer, odometer, trip meter and gear position. It also offers information on time, fuel capacity etc. Both the bikes receive Ride-by-Wire technology offering smoother throttle response while the BMW G 310 GS also gets dynamic traction control system and automatic stability control. Ergonomics get accentuated via clutch lever and hand brake lever which are now adjustable in four stages.
    The BS6 compliant 313cc, water cooled, single cylinder, four stroke engine that powers both the BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS offers output of 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm torque at 7,500 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox with slipper clutch as standard.
    This engine allows for acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 17.7 seconds and a top speed of 143 km/h. Suspension is via 41mm USD forks with monoshock while braking is via 300mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes with switchable dual channel ABS offered as standard. More

  • 2020 KTM Duke 250 vs BMW G310R vs KTM 390 Duke – Which One To Buy?

    BMW G310R, KTM 250 Duke and 390 Duke are all naked streetfighters – here is a comparison of all 3

    BMW Motorrad has left everyone surprised when it launched the G310 Twins recently as the newly updated bikes are cheaper than their predecessors. The BS6 compliant G310R is about Rs 50,000 more affordable than its BS4 counterpart. This makes it a lot more competitive segment as it can now compete with two of its KTM rivals.
    In terms of price as well as specifications, the G310R is very closely matched to KTM 250 Duke and 390 Duke. Let us see, how does it fare against its nearest naked roadster rivals.
    All three bikes are offered with engines which are similar in construction. This means they all are single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engines, however, their displacement is different. One can gauge from their names, the 390 Duke gets the largest displacement and 250 Duke gets the smallest displacement in this lot. Therefore, the output figures vary accordingly.
    2020 KTM Duke 250 vs BMW G310R vs KTM Duke 390
    390 Duke is the most powerful while 250 Duke is the modest among the three. The 373.2cc units of 390 Duke cranks out 43.5 PS of power and 37 Nm of peak torque. All three are mated to a six-speed gearbox.
    KTM 390 Duke and 250 Duke are exactly similar in their dimensions. Both have an identical wheelbase of 1357mm whereas G310R has a longer wheelbase of 1380mm. One area for shorter rides is that they will be more comfortable on the G310R rather than the Duke siblings. This is because the saddle height of Duke siblings measures 830mm and that in G310R measures only 785mm making it more comfortable.
    All three weigh around similar regions of 160kg. The KTM duo can hold fuel up to 13.5 litres whereas the BMW roadster can hold 11 litres of fuel.
    2020 KTM Duke 250 vs BMW G310R vs KTM Duke 390
    All three bikes are offered with a digital instrument cluster, however, 390 Duke’s cluster is a more intuitive one with a 5-inch TFT screen and Bluetooth connectivity and an audio player. The latest iteration of BMW G310R also gets Ride By Wire Technology which is already present in the bigger Duke. Unfortunately, the smaller Duke misses out on this. The 390 Duke also gets a bi-directional quick-shifter.
    Duke 390 and Duke 250 carry the same chassis and hardware. Both bikes are equipped with upside-down WP USD forks at front and preload adjustable mono-shock at rear which carry out the suspension duties. The G310R also gets upside-down USD forks and a mono-shock unit at rear. While the KTM due are based on a Split Steel Trellis Frame, the BMW naked streetfighter is based on a tubular spaceframe.
    Another common feature on all three bikes is their wheels. They all get 17-inch alloys wrapped around by 110/70 profile and 150/60 profile tyres at front and rear respectively. All are offered with dual-channel ABS as standard.
    The updated BMW G310R acts as a bridge between the two KTM siblings both in terms of specs as well as price. The BMW G310R is priced competitively at Rs 2.45 lakh whereas the KTM duo of 390 Duke and 250 Duke is offered at a price of Rs 2.57 lakh and 2.05 lakh (All prices mentioned are ex-showroom). More

  • BMW G310 GS, G310 R BS6 Launched – Now Cheaper Than KTM Duke 390, ADV

    India becomes the first country in the world where the updated BMW G310 GS and G310 R motorcycles have been launched

    New BMW G310 R is priced from Rs 2.45 lakhs and the G310 GS is priced from Rs 2.85 lakhs. This effectively makes them cheaper than rivals KTM Duke 390 KTM 390 ADV in India. All prices are ex-sh.
    Updated G310 GS complies with BS6 norms as well as Euro 5 emission standards. In the Indian market, we have the updated BS6 version of the G310 R naked streetfighter. While 310 GS will take on rivals such as KTM Adventure 390 and Royal Enfield Himalayan, the 310 R will go up against KTM 390 Duke. Below is the official TVC video.
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    New G310 GS and G310 R – Key updates
    New G310 GS and G310 R are better looking than their predecessors and pack in a range of additional features. Among the key updates is an all-LED setup, comprising full-LED headlight, LED flashing turn indicators and LED DRL. The motorcycles also utilize a multi-colour concept, which has been a signature feature of BMW GS family. The MotoGP inspired colour theme comprises various colours such as metallic titanium grey, polar white, red and Kyanit blue metallic.
    A number of features have been borrowed from large BMW R 1250 GS models, for example, the aggressive front fascia, signature windscreen, and a short tail. In terms of functionality, new G310 GS has been equipped with adjustable clutch level and handbrake lever. There are four adjustment levels, which can be customized as per the hand size of the user.

    New G310 GS and G310 R engine
    The 313 cc liquid cooled, single cylinder engine has been retained, but it now complies with updated emission norms. The engine is capable of generating 34 hp of max power at 9500 rpm and 28 Nm of max torque at 7500 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed gearbox. Top speed is rated at 143 kmph. Accelerating from 0 to 100 kmph takes 7.17 seconds.
    2020 BMW G310R and G310GS Colours
    Even though the engine is the same as earlier, it has been equipped with new features such as electronic throttle grip. This will improve throttle response and avoid engine stall at low speeds. Another addition is the self-boosting anti-hopping clutch, which improves safety and rider comfort during fast deceleration.
    As may be recalled, these entry-level motorcycles were launched to make the BMW brand name accessible to a wider audience. These have also effectively fulfilled the wish list of many auto enthusiasts with limited budgets, who had wanted to experience track-focused machines. With prices now cheaper than BS4 versions, BMW can expect to see a considerable bump in sales of these two motorcycles. More

  • 2021 BMW G310 GS Officially Revealed – Production Starts

    Launch of the updated BMW G310R and G310GS is scheduled to take place on 8th Oct
    BMW G310 GS, first launched in 2016 gives BMW Motorrad customers an opportunity to experience a sub 500cc motorcycle. Compact, robust and versatile in design, four years since debut, the company is now ready to launch its new 2021 BMW G310 GS.

    First unit of the all new, facelifted G310GS rolled off the production line earlier today. BMW G310GS is manufactured in India, by TVS Motor Company at their plant in Hosur. Overall design has been kept similar to the earlier variant.
    The design revision is replete with a basic colour, and two exclusive style variants. All three colour variants feature metallic titanium grey engine housing covers for the alternator, clutch and water pump. Typical GS colours in white with basic colour plain polar white, and tank side panels in grey, make for a sporty Rallye style appearance. The frame is painted in red, and Kyanit blue metallic for the tank centre cover and front.
    2021 BMW G310GS Production Starts
    Engine is same as before. BMW G310 GS features a 313 cc, liquid-cooled single-cyl engine with four valves, two overhead camshafts and electronic fuel injection (FI). Power output is pegged at 25 kW (34 HP) at 9500 rpm, and a maximum torque of 28 Nm at 7500 rpm. Engine is now equipped with an ‘electronic throttle grip‘ (electromotive throttle controller) for improved throttle response. Automatic idle speed increases when starting to prevent any possible sudden engine stalling.
    The cylinder head is rotated by 180 degrees with front intake, and exhaust at the rear for optimal combustion air ducting. The structure supports the motorcycle’s compact vehicle architecture. For international markets, the new BMW G310 GS is now homologated to EU5 standards. While the one in India, which will be launched next week, will be homologated to BS6 standard. The engine also features automatic idle boost and electromotive throttle controller.

    New BMW G 310 GS’ stance is cemented with a windscreen, high front fender, striking flyline and short, and high rear end. Features that are seen in the bigger GS models. Self-boosting anti-hopping clutch is new. It reduces engine drag torque and improves driving safety, especially when braking involving simultaneous downshifting.
    Significant reduction in operating forces at the clutch lever is also factored in. Hand lever is adjustable in four stages for brake and clutch for both. Largely beneficial for folks with small hands.

    LED Headlights
    Lighting structure includes full-LED headlight and LED flashing turn indicators. The latter for improved night visibility. High beam, low beam and, daytime driving light (depending on the country), is operated from left handlebar controls.
    40 Years GS Edition
    There is a new special edition of 2021 BMW G310GS, called 40 Years GS Edition. While it’s not known, which markets will see the ’40 Years GS’ edition, but there will be a BMW G 310 GS based on R 100 GS’ colour theme in black and yellow. This will have the basic colour cosmic black, and yellow graphics on the tank side panels.

    Pricing has not been revealed yet. For India, official launch will take place on 8th Oct, which is when the prices will also be revealed. Along with the GS, we will also get the new G310R. Bookings are now open. Once launched, it will rival the likes of KTM 390 ADV and Duke 390 respectively. More

  • BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS Launch Date is 8th Oct – Official

    After weeks of teasing, BMW India has finally revealed the launch date of their best selling motorcycles
    BMW Motorrad will be launching BS6 variants of its entry-level G 310 R & G 310 GS motorcycles in India on 8th Oct. Launch was expected to take place much earlier, but got delayed due to lockdown. Bookings opened earlier this month.
    What’s new in BMW G 310 BS6 variants?

    Some of the key updates on G 310 twins include sharper and muscular design, full-LED headlamp and turn signals, orange frame and alloys, updated instrument console, golden front suspension, reconfigured exhaust pipe and horizontal rear fenders. Some of these design elements appear to be inspired by features commonly seen on KTM motorcycles.
    Powering the BS6 G 310 twins could be the same BS6 engine that is currently in use with TVS Apache RR 310. It’s a 313cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, DOC unit that can generate max power of 33.53 bhp at 9,700 rpm and max torque of 27.3 Nm at 7,700 rpm.

    Competitive pricing strategy
    While the BMW brand name commands a premium, the company could employ a more practical pricing policy this time around, especially for the entry-level G 310 R & G 310 GS BS6 motorcycles. To make the G 310 twins attractive to a wider consumer base, BMW is expected to choose a competitive pricing policy. BS6 variants will be priced higher than the BS4 models, but the price gap with rivals will be reduced.
    For example, if we talk about the G 310 R naked streetfighter, its BS4 model had a price tag of Rs 2.99 lakh. In comparison, the bike’s primary rival KTM 390 Duke BS6 retails at Rs 2.57 lakh (ex-showroom). Coming to the G 310 GS adventure tourer, its BS4 model was priced at Rs 3.49 lakh. Its primary rival KTM Adventure 390 BS6 is priced at Rs 3.04 lakh. G 310 GS also competes with Royal Enfield Himalayan that has a starting price of Rs 1.94 lakh.
    BMW G310 R Facelift BS6
    BMW could choose a midway pricing point for the G 310 twins, which is somewhere between the price of the outgoing BS4 models and price of existing rivals. This will make the bikes more accessible to customers who want to go with the BMW nameplate.
    Pre-Bookings for BMW G 310 R & G 310 GS BS6 variants are open for Rs 50k. It can be done online or one can also visit the nearest BMW Motorrad dealership. Customers who opt for the pre-book option can benefit from a special EMI scheme wherein monthly EMI amount is just Rs 4.5k. Customers need to pre-book their bike before launch to avail this special EMI offer. More

  • BMW M 1000 RR Debuts As A Track Focused Road Legal Motorcycle

    Just like its performance car segment, BMW now gets a separate performance segment for its motorbikes which the same prefix ‘M’
    When it comes to automotive, nothing beats German technology and engineering. That’s why German automotive revered so highly across the world. BMW is one such manufacturer whose quality of products has always been vouched for, not only for cars but also when it comes to motorcycles.

    BMW bikes have been known for impressive performances, the S 1000 RR is a testimony to that. However, it seems the Bavarian automaker isn’t satisfied and wants to reach a different level altogether when it comes to performance-oriented bikes. Hence, BMW Motorrad has now introduced the first of its M range of bikes.
    Dubbed as M 1000 RR, it is the first true track-focused superbike from the German brand. BMW claims that the genes of M 1000 RR have been directly inherited from professional racing. For reference, BMW Motorrad has been offering optional M performance parts and fittings for its bikes since 2018, but now the brand has decided to launch a completely new high-end performance range.

    Design-wise it looks quite similar to its S range sibling although it does come with its fair share of distinguishing elements. For starters, the addition of M specific winglets made of clear-coat carbon for better aerodynamic forces. These units have been designed in BMW’s wind tunnels in order to provide downforce at higher speeds. The effects of the winglets can be felt while taking those sharp curves ensuring better cornering stability.
    The front wheel has been provided additional load to counteract wheelie. The bike is built on an aluminium bridge frame which is assisted by an updated upside-down fork at front and as a revised central spring strut with blue spring and Full Floater Pro kinematics. According to the company, these changes will help improve drivability and braking as well as anti-squat control.

    In addition to this, the company is also offering an M Competition package that comprises M milled parts package, M GPS lap trigger software, M carbon package, a 220g lighter swingarm, a passenger package including tail-hump cover and a whole lot more.
    Features on offer
    Out of the long exhaustive equipment list, it gets a 6.5-inch TFT instrument cluster which has been borrowed from S1000 RR. However, this unit has been slightly tweaked to get additional readings such as M GPS data logger and M GPS lap trigger. Other notable functionalities include DTC (dynamic traction control), hill start assist, launch control and five riding modes- Road, Rain, Dynamic, Race and Race Pro1-3.

    Shifting our focus to its most crucial aspect- performance, it gets an inline four-cylinder 999cc motor which puts out nearly 210 horses of power at 14500 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 11000 rpm. The bike can be redlined past the 15000 rpm mark and produces 5 bhp more than S 1000 RR. This is due to the lighter engine block, titanium connecting rods, titanium valves and modified combustion chamber incorporated in this engine.
    The M 1000 RR weighs just 192 kg thus stressing on the theme of ‘more power, less weight’. There has been no official word on pricing. Upon its launch, it is likely to lock its horns with the Ducati Panigale V4. More

  • BMW G310R and G310GS Facelift BS6 Launch in 1st week of Oct

    Slated for launch early next month, BMW’s entry-level G310R and G310GS BS6 motorcycles will be equipped with a range of updates
    Customers can also save money, as BMW is expected to launch the BS6 G310 twins at discounted prices. This will be something new in the auto industry, as BS6 variants are usually priced higher than their BS4 counterparts. The reason seems obvious as rival motorcycles are priced much cheaper than the G310 twins.
    Exterior updates

    As revealed in teasers and spy shots, BMW G310 twins get full-LED headlamp and turn signals. It is also likely that BMW will introduce some new colour options for these bikes. Both bikes come with sharper and muscular contours, as compared to the BS4 counterparts.
    On G310R, the tank has been redesigned. Another noticeable feature of the twins is the use of bright orange colour on the frame and alloys. Rear fenders now come in a horizontal design, which appears to be inspired by KTM motorcycles. Other additions include gold coloured front suspension, updated instrument console and reconfigured exhaust pipe.
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    BMW G310 twins BS6 engine
    BS6 G310 twins are expected to get the same engine as that of BS6 TVS Apache RR 310. The 312.2 cc liquid cooled, DOHC, single cylinder engine generates 33.53 bhp of max power at 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm of max torque at 7,700 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission. BS6 Apache RR310 has a top speed of 160 km/h and can reach 0-100 in 7.17 seconds. BS6 G310 twins are expected to be offered in a similar state of tune.
    Pre bookings for BMW G310R and G310 GS BS6 are open for Rs 50k. To attract customers, BMW has introduced a new EMI plan where EMIs will start at just Rs 4.5k. To avail this special EMI offer, customers need to book the G 310 R or G 310 GS before their launch.
    In this segment, the G310R naked streetfighter will take on the likes of KTM 390 Duke. On the other hand, the G 310 GS adventure tourer will compete with the likes of KTM Adventure 390 and Royal Enfield Himalayan.
    BMW G310 twins BS6 price
    Price of BS6 G 310 twins will be announced at the time of launch. For record, the BS4 G310R was priced at Rs 2.99 lakh whereas BS4 310GS retailed at Rs 3.49 lakh. The strategy would be to bring prices of the twins closer to that of rivals. For comparison, rivals KTM 390 Duke and Adventure 390 are priced at Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 3.04 lakh, respectively. More