German big-bike manufacturer, BMW Motorrad has unveiled their first sub-500 cc roadster lightweight motorcycle, to be produced jointly with TVS Motors Co., called the BMW G 310R; which is a naked bike and looks a sight. The new TVS-BMW has been designed and engineered in Munich, Germany, to be produced at TVS’s state-of-the-art Hosur factory outside Bengaluru, adhering to stringent BMW standards. Importantly, make note, the G 310R is the final street-ready production motorcycle BMW, shall offer several markets the German firm is present in. However, it isn’t yet known whether this is the exact new bike for India, as it could end up being specifically branded and tailored for our market.
The BMW G 310R has a newly developed single cylinder 313cc engine with a maximum torque of 28 Nm at 7500 rpm and an output of 34 hp at 9500 rpm. It is equipped with two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection and four valves. The cylinder head is turned 180 degrees so the intake track is at the front and the engine is tilted backwards. The company promises rigid tubular steel frame, upside-down fork and long swinging arm for a high degree of ride durability, precise steering response and sound handling.
The G 310 R will be sold in three colours, black and white combination, metallic blue and more premium, paid option of metallic white base. The new TVS-BMW bike comes with digital instrumentation, with readouts for tachometer, fuel-level, odometer, speedometer, gear-engaged, engine temperature, range remaining, average fuel consumption and average speed, apart from time. Stopping power comes from 240 mm disc brakes at the front and rear,single 300 mm with ABS as standard fitment on all the bikes. Its got 110/70 R 17 tyres at the front and 150/60 R 17 at rear. BMW has not stated which company will make these tyres. The bike weighs 158.5 kilograms and the seat height is just 785mm.
The BMW G 310R should cost around Rs 2.5-2.75 lakh considering that it will be made at the TVS plant in Chennai. It is become BMW’s first ever bike outside Europe. Once launched, the new BMW G 310 R will be in direct competition with the already established KTM Duke390 which retails for approx Rs. 2.20 lakh (ex-showroom).
Stay tuned for more updates on the TVS-BMW G 310 R from the 2016 Indian Auto Expo in January.