The Concept Stunt G 310 had announced it. A wave will follow which will water the order books. Take a good look at this little roadster. BMW’s first modern foray into the – 500cc sector. She does not seem to scare anyone, the design is successful but without fuss, the template is rewarding, the attitude marked and proud. But its potential is quite different, immense as never been a Behem.
It has neither the versatility of a GS, nor the fury of an S 1000 RR, much less the tourism of an RT … And yet, its power of conquest is more important than these 3 references.
With its medium displacement, the blue and white coat of arms on its tank and its specifications calibrated for a global clientele, the G 310 R wants to please almost everywhere but especially with the largest market in the world: emerging countries and Asia . KTM has already started this type of offensive with its 390 Duke, the direct competitor of this new Bavarian roadster.
Both machines occupy the same segment, want to appeal to the same crowd. But they are very different. The Austrian seems playful, nervous, hectic; German is more classy, more serious, without being bourgeois. Even the engines are sisters and opposites. Each has a 4-stroke injection single cylinder. That of the G 310 R has very specific characteristics. It is one of the rare engines tilted backwards, and its cylinder head turns around compared to the usual locations. Thus, the admission is done by the front and the exhaust by the rear. Only Yamaha’s YZ cross-country machines had opted for such a layout..
This brand new 313cc engine boasts an 80mm bore and 62.1mm stroke. Ribs that announce a desire to take turns. With 34 hp and 3 mkg of torque, it cuts a good figure, but delivers no less than 10 hp to the 390 Duke. She does not make up for the weight. With 158.5 kilos, the BM accuses 10 units more. His temperament will however be different, the leg of Munich wanting to be more "refined" than that of Mattighofen.
The BMW G 310 R will be manufactured in India, by the colossal manufacturer TVS Motor Company. Low cost, but not at a discount. This roadster is equipped with a silhouette with cachet, an inverted fork of 41 mm, a front brake caliper Bybre (sub-brand of Brembo) with 4 pistons and ABS. The frame is made of tubular steel and the swingarm is made of aluminum. The brand announces a top speed of 145 km / h and a consumption of just over 3 liters per 100.
In many growing countries, a host of economical and practical mid-size users will be delighted with the arrival of such a machine. A roadster from a premium brand, with false airs of S 1000 R and for a suitable price, it will stir up desires. In our regions, the task will be tougher. On the one hand, it will have to sinter the Z 300 and KTM 390 Duke, but also deal with a low orbit price of that of machines in the heart of the market. Introduced in autumn 2015, the G 310 R did not hit the market until the end of 2016.
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G 310 R 2016
Model marketed in
medium: 3.33 l
145 km / h
The technical aspect
BMW G 310 R 2017
- Tank: 11 liters
- Width: 896 mm
- Wheelbase: 1374 mm
- Weight in running order: 158.5 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(80 x 62.1 mm)
at 9,500 rpm
at 7,500 rpm