BMW G 310 GS Review
Bike Tested: BMW G 310 GS; Road Test No. 965; Test Location: Gurugram, NCR
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 4,15,286/-
The BMW G 310 GS feels like a bigger motorcycle than it is, it’s sizeable
Earlier this year, TVS made a lot of buzz in the market with the launch of the Apache RR 310. Produced in collaboration with BMW Motorrad, the German automaker wanted to make smaller and more accessible motorcycles. TVS picked the super-sport class for the 310 while BMW Motorrad chose the street-fighter and adventure segments for their 310, named the G 310 R and G 310 GS respectively. Both the motorcycles were launched last month and recently we got a chance to experience them. We took the BMW G 310 GS on the worst of roads and this is how it faired.
Motor Quest: The BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS and the Apache RR 310 are the outcomes of a collaboration between BMW and TVS in India. The G 310 GS is powered by the same 313cc engine but has all the traits of the big bike, the R 1200 GS. The G 310 GS is an entry-level adventure motorcycle in BMW Motorrad’s GS family.
Styling – A quick glimpse and everyone would mistake the BMW G 310 GS to be a full-blown heavy-weight adventure motorcycle. Well, the assumption is somewhat correct as the G 310 GS is a sibling to the G 310 R but it gets all its design traits from the elders in the GS family. Off-size front and rear wheels, long travel suspension, and beaked front which is like a semi-fairing. It also gets a small windshield at the front and a grab-rail unit at the rear with integrated mounts for a top-box. The G 310 GS looks big and attracts a lot of road presence. The GS is available in 3 colours while the racing red is my personal favourite and it’s the same colour as our test bike here.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The BMW G 310 GS uses a completely digital instrument cluster. Although it has the same amount of information as we saw on the vertically stacked cluster of the Apache RR 310, the GS gets a horizontal unit and looks purposeful on the bike. However, BMW should have gone for a coloured display and a more advanced software to justify the price tag. The switchgear is also the same as we have seen on the Apache. However, the fit and finish looks good and the GS gets an extra ABS button to switch off rear wheel ABS. The overall quality is good though and everything from the display to the different switches should last the test of time.