BMW initially started off their business as aircraft manufacturers and after World War I, they were banned and made to create automobiles. The first BMW motorcycle was launched in 1923 as ‘Christened R32’ which ruled the industry for a very long time and made BMW a trusted and a popular brand. Over the years, BMW strengthened its base by innovating motorbikes for road racing, superbike racing and endurance rallies. Currently, BMW manufactures motorcycles which range from roadsters, adventure touring bikes, and superbikes to modern classics.
BMW currently sells two small capacity motorcycles which are of a premium kind and can be afforded by a handful section of the society because they are priced lower than the others. These two elite bikes are BMW G 310 R and BMW G 310 GS. Both of them are described in details below.
The BMW 310 R was launched at Rupees 2.99 lakh which has some features similar to the BMW S 1000R. This 313cc beast portrayed a very aggressive look as most of the mass was composited on its front part while giving the tail a lighter feeling. The tank was specifically designed like S 1000 R with angular tank shrouds. It employs an entire digital instrument console including the tachometer, speedometer, odometer, gear indicator, service indicator, trip meter and fuel gauge.
The 313cc single-cylinder engine is slightly tilted backwards and it is fully injected, liquid cooled producing 28Nm of peak torque and 34Ps of power. This classic can transmit the power to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. A tubeless steel frame along with bolted sub-framing constitutes the core structure of this motorbike. The BMW G 310R has 4-piston calliper in front and a single calliper at the rear disc similar to BMW 310 GS. The suspensions are capable of handling 41mm upside-down forks in the front and monoshock in the rear. With a height of 785 mm, everyone can ride this bike with absolute ease.
The BMW 310 GS has priced around Rupees 3.49 lakh and is specifically designed to cruise through highways and off-road terrain combating the urban jungle. It has a stubby front face with a classic headlamp cowl, radiator shrouds and a luggage tank which is similar to R 1200 GS. This bike is perfect if you are planning to go for longer hauls as it offers a slightly raised seating which will keep you relaxed in a comfortable posture. It is powered by a 313 cc single-cylinder engine providing a maximum pickup speed of 143 kmph. A 6-speed gearbox accompanies this classic which employs it for long travel suspension.
The suspension has also been increased by 40 mm for cruising through off-road terrain comfortably. The brakes are managed by 300mm disc with 4-piston calliper up front and single-piston calliper for the rear one clamped to a 240mm disk. The ABS is switchable for BMW 310 GS unlike BMW 310 R and it employs dual purpose tyres which makes it provide stiff competition to other major motorbikes of famous brands.