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Is The BMW G 310 R Cheaper To Maintain Than The KTM 390 Duke?


Does BMW also ace it in maintenance costs as it did with the purchasing price?

One of the pleasing bits of 2020 was the revision of prices for the BMW G 310 twins. Both the G 310 R and the G 310 GS underwent a massive price cut, to the tune of Rs 60,000. And the two bikes also became quite nice to ride and likeable, ridding themselves of their past ills. The G 310 R now presents a strong case for itself as a versatile all round naked motorcycle in the sub-400cc space, while the G 310 GS now sits firmly at the top of our list of entry-level adventure tourers.

On both our videos with the baby Bavarian bikes, there were a lot of comments regarding the maintenance and spares cost. People wanted to know whether owning one of them has become reasonable as well. Well, we contacted the folks at BMW Motorrad and wanted to know the ground reality. And to give you guys a sort of a reference, we have also included the price for the KTM 390 Duke. Is the G 310 R now cheaper to live with as well?

Commonly Replaced Spare Parts

Parts

BMW G 310 R

KTM 390 Duke

Clutch Cable

Rs 834

Rs 170

Oil Filter

Rs 324

Rs 74

Air Filter

Rs 418

Rs 290

Fuel filter

Rs 238

Rs 100

Mirror Right

Rs 767

Rs 224

Mirror Left

Rs 768

Rs 224

Spark Plug 

Rs 737

Rs 240

Rider Foot peg (one side)

Rs 285

Rs 157

Passenger foot peg (one side)

Rs 221

Rs 205

There’s no getting around the fact that the cost of spares of the G 310 R is certainly higher than that of the 390 Duke. The parts cost nearly double, some even triple, the amount that KTM charges. That said, the build quality levels on the G 310 R are far superior than that of the 390 Duke. Bits like the footpegs or the mirrors are more likely to break on the 390 than on the baby Beemer in a small spill.

Cost Of Service

 

BMW G 310 R

KTM 390 Duke

1st service

Rs 3,887

Rs 2,000 - Rs 2,500

2nd service

Rs 5,782 (12 months or 10,000km)

Rs 2,500 - Rs 3,000 (12 months or 7,500km)

Again, the cost of maintaining the G 310 R is higher than the 390 Duke. BMW covers oil and oil filter change, cleaning of air-filter and spark plug, chain lubing and labour charges in the aforementioned price. Extra consumables and bike washing charges are levied separately by your local BMW dealers.

Recommended service intervals

BMW G 310 R

KTM 390 Duke

1st service

1000km

1000km

2nd service

10,000km or 1 year

7,500km or 1 year

3rd service

20,000km or 2 years

15,000km or 2 years

4th service

30,000km or 3 years

NA

Service intervals on the G 310 R are longer than the 390 Duke. BMW’s 313cc motor isn’t as high strung as the 373cc mill of the KTM and is likely to have longer lasting wear and tear components, like clutch plates, chain and sprockets.

While the purchasing decision has been made more convenient, the BMW G 310 R still remains a relatively pricey bike to maintain. Given the recent price revisions of the KTM bikes, the G 310 R manages to undercut the 390 Duke by Rs 25,000. If ridden with utmost care, we figure that over the course of 3 years, you will not end up exceeding the premium in maintenance costs. And if you aren’t entirely convinced still, you can read about why the G 310 R is such a lovable machine in our road test review.

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