We've already seen and discussed the numerous spy shots of both BMW G 310 R and its taller sibling the G 310 GS. We already know how the naked G 310 R looks and now, BMW has shown us their latest offering in GS series- the G 310 GS. Feast your eyes:
The new G 310 GS's design is totally in line with its bigger hearted brethren. With a tall muscular stance, a sharp beak-like protrusion at the front, fairing mounted headlamp with a flyscreen at the top and long travel suspension, the bike looks ready to conquer all sorts of uneven terrain (read Indian roads). The front forks are inverted and the rear has a monoshock unit. At 19 inches, the front wheels are slightly bigger than the ones in G 310 R. The wheels are wrapped in Metzeler Tourance tires and the exhaust system is upswept, true to the adventure tourer tradition. The bike gets a fully digital instrument panel while braking duties are done by ABS-enabled discs on both wheels. The powerplant is the same one as found in the G 310 R but expect the engine to be tuned to suit this bike's riding dynamics. The engine belts out 35 PS of power and 28 Nm of torque and the transmission duty is taken care by a 6-speed unit. The new G 310 GS is expected to hit the European market by the first half of next year and India launch will most probably be later. It's weird because I feel small capacity bikes like these deserve to be launched in India first and only then in developed countries. Because developed countries have better roads and higher capacity bikes are more at home over there than in India. What do you guys think? Also, the bike will be manufactured in conjunction with TVS Motors so expect the pricing to be quite competitive. EICMA: KTM Unveils new Duke Series EICMA: Kawasaki Versys X-300 Unveiled Suzuki Gixxer 250 Coming Soon? TVS Akula 300 based on BMW G 310 Spotted!
From these pictures, it looks like the BMW G 310 GS is more of a road-biased adventurer than an off-road adventurer. The Kawasaki Versys X-300 looks better suited to go off-road. We all know that BMW will definitely offer a more hard-core, off-road 310 GS, but for a bike that was unveiled at a major motorshow, the G 310 GS doesn't look so exciting. I hope by the next motorshow they can showcase the off-roader. Both these bikes have a similar power output and if priced right, it should be a fair game between them.
NikilSJ I feel they'll bring a variant with off-road tyres, engine guard and spoke wheels. Maybe headlight, hadguards guards as well. Other than that, I think the bike is adequately equipped for cross-country riding.
BMW Motorrad has confirmed via twitter that the BMW G 310 R will be launched in the second quarter of 2017 and BMW G 30 GS will be launched in the second half of 2017. Here's the screengrab of the tweet from their official account:
A video explaining the features of the new BMW G 310 GS is up. Going by the video, I simply can't wait for the bike to be launched in India! Here's the video by BMW Motorrad:
The bike comes with quite an interesting list of features. Giving the customers an option to install some features can result in flexible pricing and I feel it's a win-win for both BMW and the customer!