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    2021 BMW C400X, C400GT Scooters Updated With New Features

    2021 BMW C400X
    Internationally, BMW C400X and C400GT compete against segment heavyweight Honda Forza 350
    Maxi-style scooters have a sizable consumer base in international markets. Sadly, that is not the case in India. While our local market has scooters like Suzuki Burgman 125 and Aprilia SXR 160 which wear a heavy faired look, they are in no way close to performance of an actual Maxi scooter.
    Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad has updated its two Maxi scooter offerings- C400X and C400GT. The scooters have been on sale since 2018 and 2019 respectively and have now received a timely update which includes cosmetic as well as feature revisions. More importantly, these scooters now comply with the latest Euro-5 compliance.
    2021 BMW C400 GT
    Styling & Features on offer
    In terms of styling, both scooters have not witnessed any updates and they carry forward the same design as their respective outgoing predecessors. Both C400X and C400GT come with two new colours each in addition to one special edition on each model namely- ‘Sport’ C400X and ‘Triple Black’ C400GT.
    Like in previous iterations, both scooters get a fairly low saddle for the rider assisting a lean back posture and forward foot position. This suggests that the scooters have been primarily designed for touring purposes.
    2021 BMW C400 GT
    There are a few additions in terms of features. For instance, the 31-litre under-seat storage is now provided with lighting from above rather than its side. Also, the front cowl glove box now comes with a USB port in addition to a 12-Volt charging socket.
    2021 BMW C400X
    Heavily Updated Powertrain
    The most significant update has been made in its powertrain department with the same 350cc single-cylinder motor undergoing various ramifications. It still returns a similar output of 34 bhp and 35 Nm of peak torque.
    The first interesting upgrade is a new ‘E-gas’ technology that is essentially an electronic throttle grip. This system helps in stabilizing during idling in combination with a turbulence system and a throttle valve bypass.
    2021 BMW C400 GT
    The electronic throttle grip comes married to an electronically operated throttle valve like a ride-by-wire system which is paired to a CVT gearbox. This has resulted in a smoother and a more refined engine performance while its top speed has increased from 129 kmph to 139 kmph. Other engine enhancements include modifications to the cylinder head, a modified catalytic convertor and a wideband oxygen sensor, an adapted wiring harness.
    Along with new engine management and E-gas system, the scooters now come with new springs in a centrifugal clutch that has been optimized in order to reduce clutch lag. Braking setup has been modified as well with a new caliper at front E-gas alongside new brake levers. Rider assist tech such as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) has been updated so that it can automatically calibrate required friction for a certain surface. More

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    2021 BMW M 1000 RR Motorcycle Launched In India At Rs 42 Lakh

    2021 BMW M 1000RRThe BMW M 1000 RR is the first M series motorcycle in BMW Motorrad portfolio
    The new BMW M 1000 RR, high performance motorcycle, has been launched in India. It is presented in two variants of BMW M 1000 RR, priced at Rs. 42 lakhs and the M 1000 RR Competition which carries a price tag of Rs.45 lakhs (ex-showroom).
    The new 1000 RR comes in as a completely built up unit. It is the first M model from BMW Motorrad in India. Bookings have opened at company dealerships across important centers in India.
    The new BMW M 1000 RR is positioned at the top of the company lineup that currently comprises the BMW S 1000 RR in three variants of Standard, Pro and Pro MSport, priced at Rs. 19.50 lakhs, Rs. 21.40 lakhs and Rs. 23.75 lakh respectively. All price are ex-sh.
    Based on the S 1000 RR
    BMW M 1000 RR is available in Light White, Racing Blue Metallic and Racing Red colours. It is seen in a special livery, an engine cover in granite grey and fuel filler cap in black. The M 1000 RR also gets several light weight components tipping the scales at 192 kgs. Aerodynamics are enhanced via clear coat carbon M winglets and a high positioned windscreen.
    2021 BMW M 1000RR
    A revised chassis, high performance M brakes, M carbon wheels and a lightweight M battery are also a part of its features while it will boast of a 6.5 inch TFT display with OBD interface, USB charging socket at the rear and integrated LED tail lamps. The M model also receives twin ring forged pistons from MAHLE, lighter titanium connecting rods from Pankl and sleek rocker arms along with fully machined intake ports and light weight exhaust system made of titanium.
    Engine, Transmission and Braking
    BMW M 1000 RR gets its power via a 999cc, liquid cooled, 4 cylinder engine with BMW ShiftCam technology. This engine makes 209 hp power at 14,500 rpm and 113 Nm torque at 11,000 rpm mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. Suspension is via inverted telescopic forks in front and aluminum swing arm at the rear. Braking is handled by disc brakes at both ends along with dual channel ABS.
    The M 1000 RR comes with 5 riding modes of Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race, and Race Pro. It gets traction control, wheelie control, hill start assist, selectable throttle modes, engine braking adjustability and bi-directional quickshifter.
    2021 BMW M 1000RR
    Globally the company offers an optional pack on the M 1000 RR, to include M GPS lap-trigger and activation code, M milled parts package, M carbon package, 220g lighter swing arm, DLC-coated M endurance chain and passenger package with tail-hump cover. Warranty on the new BMW M 1000 RR includes a 3 year/unlimited warranty and a 4th and 5th year extended warranty with 24×7 365 days road side assistance as a part of the package.
    BMW has also announced a fleet of safety cars and motor cycles for the 2021 MotoGP to be held in Qatar on 28th March 2021. The new M3, M5 and the M5 CS Safety Cars along with the BMW M 1000 RR will debut as safety cars and motorcycle at this event. More

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    BMW R nineT And Scrambler India Launch Price Rs 16.75 L Onwards

    New BMW R nineT
    BMW Motorrad India will import R nineT and R nineT Scrambler motorcycles as completely built-up units (CBU)

    Bookings for the new BMW R nineT and R nineT Scrambler open from today at all BMW Motorrad India dealerships. The R nineT classic roadster is priced at Rs 18,50,000 while the R nineT Scrambler carries a price tag of Rs.16,75,000 as the come in as CBUs (ex-sh prices).
    The new launches bode well for the manufacturer, which has seen bike sales improve in recent times. Buyers can also select from a range of accessories and lifestyle merchandise for the R nineT and R nineT Scrambler which is on offer at all BMW Motorrad showroom in the country.
    Colour Options and Design
    BMW R nineT is being offered in color options of Blackstorm Metallic/Brushed Aluminium, Option 719 Aluminium, Mineral White Metallic/Aurum and Night Black Matt/Aluminium Matt. The BMW R nineT Scrambler gets colors of Granite Gray Metallic, Cosmic Blue Metallic/Light White, Black Storm Metallic/Racing Red and Kalamata Metallic Matt.
    Both motorcycles boast of individual styling with use of quality material and excellent craftsmanship with particular detail to every feature. The R nineT is a classic roadster and hence gets distinctive styling features with a circular headlamp unit, twin pod instrument cluster, spoked wheels and a twin can exhaust.
    New BMW R nineT Scrambler
    The R nineT Scrambler sports a circular headlamp and single pod instrument cluster along with a twin can exhaust positioned under its seat, telescopic suspension and rides on 5 spoke alloy wheels fitted with knobby tyres. The bike weighs a total of 222 kgs and has fuel tank capacity of 18 liters.
    Engine and Riding Modes
    The two new bikes from BMW Motorrad share the same engine. This 1,170cc, air/ oil cooled, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke engine gets DOHC cylinder head, 4 valves and two chamshafts along with a shaft drive and offers 107 hp power at 7,520 rpm and 119 Nm torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine allows for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h.
    Two riding modes of Rain and Road are offered on the BMW R nineT and R nineT Scrambler. In Rain mode, throttle response combines with Automatic Stability Control (ASC) for added safety when the rider accelerates on slippery or wet road conditions. Road mode ensures a more balanced throttle response and ASC control on dry and non-slippery road conditions.
    New BMW R nineT Scrambler
    Braking is via twin disc brakes in the front and single disc at the rear while the two bikes are equipped with ABS Pro, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and travel-dependent damping (WAD).
    BMW Motorrad has introduced standard warranty for 3 years along with unlimited km on the two bikes which can be further extended to 4th and 5th year at an added cost. Buyers can also avail Road Side Assistance, 24x7x365 day package.
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    2021 BMW G 310 R And G 310 GS Get A Price Hike Of Rs 5k

    2021 BMW G310 GS
    BMW 310 twins improves company sales, and continue to be price positive in 2021

    BMW Motorrad India reported 6.66 percent sales growth in 2020. Motorcycle sales crossed 2.5k units, up from about 2.4k units. Sales grew significantly in Q4 (October – December) 2020, up 51 percent over Q4 2019. No doubt, sales was dominated by demand for new BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS motorcycles. The duo accounted for over 80 percent of total sales.
    At the time, Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, ‘In a particularly tough year, BMW Motorrad once again delivered a stellar performance against all odds and became the number one selling premium motorcycle brand. Our aim is to continuously grow the BMW Motorrad community and culture here in India and we will keep delivering on that promise.”
    New BMW G310 R was launched early in October 2020 at a price of Rs 2.45 lakhs. And G310 GS at a price of Rs 2.85 lakhs (ex-sh prices). This meant both bikes were cheaper than KTM Duke 390 and 390 ADV (respectively) in India. The price proposition was a winning one, and the manufacturer’s new launches garnered solid demand.
    BS6 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS
    There were no BMW G310s on sale since April to October 2020. Sales for both bikes were inadvertently halted for a period until they were made BS6 compliant. Alongwith emission compliancy, the manufacturer added features, curated financial offers, and introduced the bikes at an attractive price point.
    BMW G310 R
    To the extent, that BS4 versions purchased earlier proved to be more expensive than the BS6 models launched in October 2020. In its latest avatar, the bikes were cheaper by more than half a lakh. BS4 G310R was last listed at a retail price of Rs 2.99 lakh, and BS4 310GS at Rs 3.49 lakh (ex-sh prices).
    The company hasn’t explicitly stated what changes were incorporated to reduce price tags on the BS6 units, but the decision has served them well. The idea behind the smaller cc bikes was always to improve market share and cater to a wider customer base. A feasible price point helps drive that quest home.
    Latest Price Hike
    BMW Group India had towards December end announced a price hike, wef January 4, 2021. Following a price hike for MY21 motorcycles, the new bikes are still considerably price friendly as compared to price tags from a year earlier.
    Following a price revision for BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS motorcycles, both bikes are now costlier by 5 grands. G 310 R is listed at a price of Rs 2.50 lakh, and G 310 GS at Rs 2.90 lakh. All prices are ex-sh, India. With price points continuing to be favourable, BMW Motorrad India may already have secured a competitive run for 2021. More

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    2021 BMW G310R Launched In Europe – More Expensive Than Before

    2021 BMW G310R
    The new 2021 BMW G310R gets a host of aesthetic as well as mechanical updates along with a few additional features

    BMW Motorrad has launched the made in India BMW G310R in Europe in its latest avatar. The naked motorcycle is manufactured by TVS Motor Company at its Hosur facility and exported to overseas markets. From the images, it seems that the European model is similar to the India-spec model.
    Most importantly, the new G 310 R complies with the latest Euro 5 emission norms which are set to kick in from 1st January 2021. The latest iteration of the naked roadster was launched in India a couple of months ago at a price of Rs 2.45 lakh (ex-showroom). Apart from an updated engine it also gets revised styling and some additional features.
    In European-spec model has been priced at £4,875 (approximately Rs. 4.8 lakh) making it dearer than its predecessor. On the other hand, in India, prices for the new BMW G310R have reduced by almost Rs 54,000 (£546) from its BS4 model.
    Updated Powertrain
    Starting with its performance, it draws power from an updated 313cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine which pushes out 33.5 bhp at 9500 rpm and a peak torque of 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm. This unit is paired with a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch for smooth shifts and precise actuation.

    It can clock a maximum speed of 143 kmph and does a 0-50 kmph sprint in just 2.5 seconds. This engine is now equipped with an electronically-controlled ride-by-wire system which offers better throttle response.
    Refreshed Design
    The 2021 G310R sits on a tubular space frame just like its predecessor and gets a refreshed sport look. It gets a revised muscular fuel tank with shrouds, a stepped-up seat, an upswept exhaust pipe and golden-colored front forks. BMW has added new design elements such as a full-LED headlight, LED turn indicators, and LED brake light for enhanced visibility.

    It rides on orange coloured alloy rims which are equipped with disc brakes on both front and rear ends assisted by dual-channel ABS. suspension duties on the bikes are handled by 41mm USD forks on the front and a mono-shock unit at rear.
    The updated G 310 R comes with a new clutch lever and handbrake lever which are adjustable at four stages. Thanks to these two additions, the bike offers better ergonomics, especially to shorter riders.
    Features on offer
    Dynamics are further improved with the presence of a Titanium Grey painted engine housing, coolant pipe, clutch, rear grab handle and coolant pipe. The electronics package is bolstered by the addition of a dynamic traction control system and automatic stability control. The three new colour options further accentuate the bike’s dynamic appeal. These include limestone metallic, cosmic-black and polar white. More

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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