2017 BMW G 310 R: FIRST RIDE

Alan Cathcart | October 26, 2016

We give BMW’s new G 310 R a shakedown.

Gross sales of BMW bikes and scooters are using at an all-time excessive, with 136,963 models delivered to clients all over the world in 2015, 11% up on the earlier yr. Within the first six months of 2016 the German producer’s two-wheel division has delivered 80,754 machines, an extra 3% up on the identical interval one yr in the past, because it ramps up annual gross sales to the 200,000 models by 2020 it’s set itself as a goal.

BMW hopes to engaging first-time consumers with its entry-level however nonetheless thrilling G 310 R.


Key Ingredient

BMW hopes to drive ongoing improve in demand for its merchandise through new platforms attracting first-time clients who might then progress up the possession ladder by way of value and capability, and a key ingredient in that components is BMW’s new G 310 R single. Designed and developed in Germany, however fully manufactured in India by its accomplice TVS, BMW Motorrad offered this on the EICMA Milan Present in November 2015 as its debut mannequin within the sub-500cc capability phase. Manufacturing started in July on the TVS plant in Bangalore of a mannequin that’s aimed as an entry-level bike in developed markets in Europe, Australia and Japan, and as a status mannequin in creating markets equivalent to Brazil and Southeast Asia. From 2017 onward the G 310 R may also be bought within the USA.

“Our key goal was very clear,” says Stoffregen of the G 310 R. “We wished to provide an actual grown-up motorbike, not a toy, however a correctly sized bike with all of the attributes and look of a traditional motorbike, which might accommodate riders of all heights. It should even be constructed to a degree of high quality in step with the shopper’s expectations from BMW by way of styling, engineering, manufacturing high quality and individuality. It was for us crucial that this needs to be a real BMW, despite the fact that in-built India by our companions TVS.”

2017 BMW G 310 R

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Attaining a suitable high quality degree for the completed product entailed an in depth collaboration with TVS, in line with BMW Motorrad CEO Stephan Schaller. “We did the necessary a part of the undertaking in engineering and creating the bike in Germany to the stage that it was manufacturing prepared,” he says. “However we additionally had many engineers from buying working with TVS in establishing a provide community in India to be sure that the requirements of BMW are utilized in sourcing parts. TVS understands the BMW spirit.”

Why 300cc?

Owing nothing to any earlier single within the firm’s catalog such because the G 650 GS, this new Indian-made world bike is a clean-sheet design by BMW engineers in Munich. However why 300cc? “We wished to have greater than 250cc, as a result of once we began, the Japanese companies on this phase like Kawasaki and Honda had a most capability of 250cc,” says Stoffregen. “We determined that 300cc was more likely to be the following step for them, so we determined to go along with that capability despite the fact that we had no competitor at that stage with such a mannequin. I used to be fairly happy when Honda got here out with the CBR300R!”

The G 310 R’s liquid-cooled Euro 4-compliant four-valve moist sump engine with chain-driven DOHC, six-speed gearbox, oil-bath clutch and a single gear-driven counterbalancer in entrance of the crankshaft, measures 80 x 62mm for a capability of 313cc, and in aiming to supply compatibility with various gasoline qualities, has a comparatively average 10.6:1 compression ratio. Carrying paired 33.5mm inlet valves and 27.2mm exhausts set at a flat whole included angle of 24.5°, it delivers 34 bhp at 9500 rpm, with a ten,500 rpm limiter, most torque of 21 ft-lb at 7500 rpm, and a weight of 350 kilos absolutely loaded with 2.5 gallons of gasoline—determine about 24 kilos greater than a KTM 390 Duke. However in contrast to standard single-cylinder engines, the G 310 R motor contains a backwards-tilted cylinder, a format pioneered by Cannondale on its MX bikes 15 years in the past, then copied by Yamaha on its 2010 YZ450F motocross bike, and now delivered to the road for the primary time right here by BMW.

2017 BMW G 310 R
The 310 is in-built India however underneath the watchful eyes of the boys in Munich.

This sees the cylinder head, with its Nikasil bore, rotated by 180 levels in order that the 42mm throttle physique faces ahead for optimum ram air cylinder filling, in addition to an advantageous format to the bike with the exhaust working instantly backwards. In accordance with Jürgen Stoffregen, it was an architectural purpose that drove this format.

“We wished to have the ability to have good stability and simple dealing with, but additionally further weight on the entrance tire for elevated security in cornering through higher grip,” Stoffregen says. “So for that reason we determined it could be good to place the engine a bit of bit ahead, as a result of then it’s also possible to make an extended swingarm which is sweet for stability. By rotating the cylinder head to mean you can do that you even have the spinoff bonus of a cooler, straighter cost going to the airbox. An additional profit was that for Euro 4 you want a brief size for the exhaust pipe, which this format permits. It’s additionally good for BMW to do one thing completely different once we are new to this sector, and may discover a correct resolution which can also be particular person.”

The G 310 R engine is thus positioned additional ahead than is standard in its tubular metal chassis with a bolt-on subframe for the seat, a solid aluminum swingarm and 17-inch five-spoke solid aluminum wheels at every finish, shod with Michelin rubber made in Thailand, the entrance a 110/70 tire, the rear a 150/60. This provides a 54-inch wheelbase, with a non-adjustable 41mm the other way up fork sourced from Kayaba’s manufacturing facility in China, set at a 25.1° rake with 4.7 inches of path. This provides a rangy 5.5 inches of entrance wheel journey that’s welcome in dealing with tough street surfaces, coupled with the 5.2 inches of wheel journey from the direct-action KYB cantilever rear monoshock, additionally non-adjustable.

The one 300mm entrance brake disc is gripped by a radially mounted four-piston ByBre (Brembo’s Indian subsidiary) caliper through metal hoses, with a floating twin-piston caliper grabbing the 240mm rear disc. Continental ABS is fitted as normal. The twin seat is stepped for the passenger, besides there’s no room beneath it to deal with an anti-theft locking gadget of any type.

The G 310 R’s solely main parts sourced from European suppliers are the F1-style finger-type cam-followers shared with the S 1000 RR (whose cylinder head design the G 310 R largely copies), the Magneti Marelli engine administration system, and the two-channel ABS fitted as normal that’s equipped by Continental, who’re additionally answerable for the very complete LCD sprint (together with gear choose!).

Lastly, as with every BMW, there’s a spread of equipment for the G 310 R, which features a prime field, middle stand, LED indicators, a 12v socket and, in fact, heated grips. There are additionally elective decrease 29.9-inch or larger 32.1-inch variants to the comparatively low inventory seat top of 30.9 inches. All choices should be put in by the supplier—the bikes are all in similar spec when shipped from India.

The 310 is obtainable in three colours: blue, black and BMW’s trademark pearlescent Motorsport hue, which prices a bit of further.

2017 BMW G 310 R
Hardly seems to be entry degree, does it?

Time To trip

The invitation to affix a choose group of 30 journalists at BMW’s residence metropolis of Munich for an advance trip on the corporate’s Indian-made future bike delivered far more than simply an hour or two of working across the streets of town, with a short enterprise out into the encompassing countryside. As an alternative, the 140-mile route took us south of Munich into the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, and comprised a broad vary of using circumstances, together with a short spell of freeway journey when the homologated prime velocity of 89 mph confirmed up on the BMW’s digital Conti sprint, with the tach simply nudging the five-digit phase because the small shifter gentle began flashing. But at that engine velocity, and all others, the 313cc single motor felt fully unstressed, and extra to the purpose, completely vibe-free. The one counterbalancer does its job to perfection.

Simply seeing the G 310 R awaiting me within the courtyard of BMW’s authentic 1922 manufacturing facility that’s been redeveloped as its Group Traditional HQ elicited a fairly completely different response than seeing it indoors in a showroom or present. Particularly within the Motosport livery, it has an actual sense of substance, an aesthetic sense of presence that conveys a special first impression than its brasher-looking European rival that’s additionally made in India, the lighter, bigger-engined and so barely extra highly effective KTM 390 Duke. The BMW exudes a visible degree of high quality that’s frankly sudden in such a low value product manufactured offshore.

Solely the plastic switchgear seems to be cut-price, the remainder of the G 310 R parts look very BMW, with top quality alloy castings and solid triple clamps, an LED tail gentle, an exceptionally lustrous paint job, and on this early manufacturing mannequin no less than, construct high quality seems to be good. That is a cheap BMW, not an affordable one.

2017 BMW G 310 R
The 310 is designed to suit a variety of sizes and styles of riders.

These favorable first impressions lengthen to hopping aboard the comparatively snug 31-inch excessive seat, and discovering loads of house for a 5’10” rider, with my knees tucked in properly to the indentations within the plastic shroud housing the metal gasoline tank beneath it. The seat nonetheless wants a bit of extra padding simply the place it meets the tank to be correctly snug in a full day’s trip, although.

Thumb the starter button, and the engine catches immediately from chilly on the auto-choke, then settles to a fairly excessive 1500 rpm idle, maybe chosen to rule out any rear wheel chatter on the overrun within the absence of a slipper clutch. The big exhaust canister containing the Euro 4-compliant three-way catalyst whispers slightly than booms, although above 5000 rpm there’s a pleasing rasp from the consumption, which supplies you the impression you’re going someplace. As certainly you’ll be, by short-shifting by way of the six-speed gearbox which has a lightweight, exact shift motion and invitations you to maintain the engine on the boil through your left foot.

2017 BMW G 310 R
The 313cc single-cylinder motor delivers a large unfold of torque.

The oil-bath clutch motion is gentle and untiring, making using the BMW in metropolis streets a pleasure; your hand gained’t cramp up doing so, though backside gear may be very low, and clearly chosen for when a passenger is carried. You quickly discover it’s higher to begin from a cease on degree floor in second gear should you’re by yourself, with none want to slide the clutch unduly. However shifting gears is known as a delight, and although you should use the clutch for the underside two upward shifts to take action easily each time, you don’t want to take action within the larger ratios, and certainly so exact and clear is the shift motion that you could drop from prime gear to fifth with out utilizing the clutch, as effectively.

The G 310 R is certainly an incredible site visitors software, thanks additionally to the vast unfold of torque peaking at 7500 revs, simply three-quarters of the best way to the ten,500 rpm rev limiter. The 310cc twin cam single pulls vast open in prime gear from as little as 3200 rpm with none hesitation or transmission snatch, because of its good low-down fueling. Then there’s an additional kick of acceleration round 7000 rpm, and one other one at 9 grand, so it pays to rev it out. That’s to not say that the ability supply is layered, simply that it turns into extra pressing the more durable you rev the motor. Good. It’s additionally fairly economical, with a claimed consumption of 70 mpg.

2017 BMW G 310 R
KYB is in command of the 310’s suspension.

The G 310 R’s tubular metal body greater than lives as much as the job of harnessing this energy supply effectively, and the non-adjustable KYB suspension performs a key function on this. Its mounted settings at each ends are extraordinarily effectively chosen, with significantly better compliance than you have got any proper to anticipate for such funds {hardware}. Experience high quality is excessive particularly on the rear, and damping so effectively chosen that I ended up in search of the uncommon patches of tough tarmac on German B-roads to offer it a exercise. Compression damping on the fork might presumably be a bit of stiffer, as a result of while you lean on the entrance brake for optimum stopping energy there’s some nostril dive, however it’s not extreme. The one entrance 300mm disc and its four-piston radial caliper are nearly as much as the job of stopping the BMW and its solo rider exhausting from velocity, however you should use the rear brake exhausting as effectively for panic stops, and also you don’t get the sensation there’s a lot in reserve. It’s precisely the identical brake package deal as on the KTM 390 Duke, the place I believe it really works a bit of higher. Pads, possibly?

2017 BMW G 310 R:
Just like the shock, the 41mm KYB fork is non-adjustable, however BMW discovered a very good setting for each day using.

The BMW feels planted in a straight line. It provides no impression of being a schitzy light-weight package deal, regardless of which it adjustments course very simply, aided by the nice leverage from the black-painted handlebar whose grips are pulled again and barely dropped. My solely criticism is that there wasn’t a lot suggestions from the entrance Michelin tire, which gripped okay on the speeds I used to be ready to belief it at leaned over in turns, however appeared to have an unduly stiff construction for a small, light-weight bike like this. Apparently BMW has additionally homologated Metzeler tires for the G 310 R, and I’d prefer to strive it once more with these fitted. I think their lighter development would ship higher really feel, and thus elevated flip velocity from the KYB entrance finish.

Little question about it, BMW and TVS have joined forces to provide a motorbike that’s self-evidently a BMW, however made in India largely to the requirements of its Berlin manufacturing facility. There’s an sincere sense of producing high quality concerning the G 310 R, coupled with dynamic refinement in use. The engine is fantastically fueled, appears sturdy for its capability degree, and feels primarily unburstable.

2017 BMW G 310 R:
The 310 isn’t the most affordable bike in its class, however it’s not far off the mark. Fortunately, a brand new rider gained’t be in a rush to improve with the 310—it’s that good.

Whereas keenly priced, it completely conforms to BMW’s model id by way of efficiency, manufacturing high quality, and styling. Its rivals equivalent to KTM’s 390 Duke, Kawasaki’s Z300 Ninja, Honda’s CBR300R and Yamaha’s R3—oh, and never forgetting the superb Chinese language-made Benelli BN302, the sleeper of the category—have all received bother on their fingers, particularly as BMW has strengthened its R&D again workplace through the recruitment of a pair of key KTM executives to guide the G 310 R improvement group. Andreas Wimmer was KTM’s undertaking chief for all road singles, from the 125 Duke as much as and together with the 690 mannequin vary, and was answerable for working with Bajaj on the startup of KTM manufacturing in India. He’s been at BMW for the previous two years, and has now been joined there by his former boss at KTM, Jӧrg Schüller, the Austrian agency’s former Product Supervisor. These guys are heavy hitters in product improvement, and the acquired data they bring about to the get together of working with an Indian accomplice will probably be invaluable in creating the BMW-TVS partnership.

As a result of that is solely the beginning—keep in mind Schaller’s promise of extra fashions but to come back on this identical 313cc platform. BMW is simply getting began within the sub-500cc class. It’ll be very fascinating to see how issues transfer on from right here. CN

2017 BMW G 310 R:



Liquid-cooled, 4-valve, DOHC, single




80 x 62mm






6-speed, fixed mesh


Moist, multi-plate


O-ring chain


Tubular metal, bolt-on subframe


41mm, Kayaba telescopic fork


Kayaba cantilever monoshock


5.5 in.


5.1 in.




4.03 in.


54.1 in.


300mm single disc


240mm single disc


BMW Motorrad ABS


5-spoke, permit die-cast


110/70R 17 in.


150/60R 17 in.


30.9 in.


349 lbs.


2.5 gal.




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