TVS-BMW G 310 R revealed

Spanking new 313cc single-cylinder streetbike the smallest capacity BMW today, engineered in Germany, manufactured in India by TVS.

By Rishad Cooper, Autocar India calendar 13 Nov 2015 Views icon24350 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

German big-bike manufacturer, BMW Motorrad has just revealed their first lightweight motorcycle to be produced jointly with TVS Motor Co., experienced Indian motorcycle and scooter giant. It’s a naked streetbike named the G 310 R, with single-cylinder engine displacing 313cc. The new TVS-BMW has been designed and engineered in Munich, Germany, to be produced at TVS’ state-of-the-art Hosur factory outside Bengaluru, adhering to stringent BMW standards.

Importantly, make note, the G 310 R 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 precise new bike for India, as could be specifically branded and tailored for our market. TVS shall surely show the exact India model in early 2016 at the upcoming Indian Auto Expo.

Bavarian beauty

The G 310 R will be sold in three colours, a black and white combination, a metallic blue and more premium, paid option of metallic white base, with BMW racing colour trimming, blue and red. It’s a compact streetbike, riding on 5-spoke wheels. The G 310 R fascia is dominated by a minimalistic headlight fairing. It’s a cleanly styled motorcycle, sleek body panels left uncluttered by excessive graphics. There’s pronounced tank extensions, boldly emblazoned by a racy ‘R’, while the chunky, smoothly profiled 11 litre fuel-tank bears the famous, globally looked up to BMW badge.

The new TVS-BMW bike comes with digital instrumentation, with readouts for speedometer, tachometer, odometer, gear-engaged, engine temperature, fuel-level, range remaining, average fuel consumption and average speed, apart from time.

BMW claims the G 310 R switches are easy to operate. ‘Look ma, no side-panels’ says the G 310 R, on which you get optional seats, with extra padding to seat taller riders in more comfort. The tail fairing is slim, rising upwards, with rear mudguard considerably outstretched over the rear wheel. A large silencer runs the right side of the bike, with plenty of lightweight alloy visible, apart from an angular belly cowl. 

German precision

The engine of the TVS-BMW G 310 R is unique, for reclining its liquid-cooled cylinder backwards, head rotated 180 degrees, exchanging positions of the inlet and exhaust ports. This cleverly shifts much of the powerplants weight, its gearbox, closer to the motorcycle front wheel and allows the G 310 R a short wheelbase (1374mm), without shortening the swingarm.  

The four-valve head houses dual overhead camshafts, and offers fuel-injection. Expect quick revving engine character, as it’s a short stroke BMW engine with bore and stroke measuring 80mm x 62mm. The G 310 R revs till 10,500rpm, and makes 33.6bhp at 9,000rpm, lower than KTM’s fierce, larger capacity 390 Duke. Do however expect a tall order of smoothness and refinement, with a counter-balancer provided. Peak torque is 2.9kgm built up at 7,500rpm. BMW claims a 145kph top-speed, with fuel-efficiency of 30kpl, which puts the G 310 R right up at par for the segment. 

The G 310 R comes with a six-speed gearbox, and cable-fed clutch. The cooling-system incorporates a generously sized radiator, and BMW has worked to ensure engine performance isn’t hampered even when running in really hot weather.

Power is nothing, without comfort!

The G 310 R tips the scales at 158kgs. The TVS-BMW bike’s frame is tubular steel constructed, with an alloy swingarm provided at rear. Sturdy 41mm diameter upside-down telescopic suspension is in front, with an adjustable monoshock working at rear, offering a generous 650mm of travel.

17-inch wheels are standard front and rear, with the rear tyre a healthy 150/60 section unit.

The brakes are steel braided hose controlled. There’s a 300mm rotor equipped disc in the front, radial mounted and chomped on by 4-piston calipers, with a 240mm disc unit at the rear, using a 2-piston caliper. The ABS system, as comes standard with every BMW bike is twin channel on the G 310 R.  

Expect these new TVS-BMW bikes to become big rivals to KTM’s brilliant Duke streetbikes worldwide, with the G 310 R delivering on the crucial count of a more comfortable riding position, and plusher suspension as are both missed on the ultra-sporty, hence more aggressively positioned Dukes. 

The G 310 R should hopefully mark only the first of a couple of motorcycles built around the same platform. TVS and BMW are clearly on the right track, having lost some time to Bajaj and KTM, but arriving in good time at the make-in-India scene, offering sensible positioning that is certain to be warmly received worldwide. BMW used to be Europe’s largest two-wheeler player, till KTM set foot in India, and things changed.

The German manufacturer is on the right track, working towards the cost benefits of manufacturing in India with TVS, and the massive volumes that ride hand-in-hand with smaller capacity motorcycles. 

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