We do a quick spec comparison between the just launched Honda CB300R and the BMW G 310 R.

BMW G 310 R Review Test Report
The BMW G 310 R looks sharp and sporty

Honda just introduced the CB300R in the Indian market at a price which yields mixed reaction among enthusiasts. It also lays the CB300R head-on to compete with the KTM Duke 390 and the BMW G 310 R.

Can the locally made BMW G 310 R justify its higher price tag against the Honda which is cheaper despite being a CKD unit?

Styling – Both the motorcycles fall under the street-fighter sport segment but have a very different design language. The BMW G 310 R despite being the older design carries a lot more character, thanks to its S1000R inspired design elements. The Honda on the other hand follows a more subtle approach to define its stance. Neo sports café as they call it, the design stands true to its tag by offering a perfect mixture of café racer styling on a street-fighter package. Thus, choosing one of these based on design is a complete subjective matter.

Engine – This is the department which is going to define the noteworthy difference between both the bikes, despite having similar setup on paper.

The BMW G 310 R employs a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 313cc, single-cylinder, reverse-inclined motor churning out 33.6 BHP and 28 Nm of torque. While the Honda seems to have a smaller 286cc motor producing 30.4 HP and 27 Nm of torque on paper, still the 0-100 km/hr acceleration is quicker on the CB300R.

This defines that the Honda employs a much sorted out gearing and the claimed best in class torque to weight ratio clearly has its advantage.

Price – The main parameter that often defines a motorcycle’s success in the Indian market is price. And that’s exactly where the BMW could have done a lot better. Let’s get the facts straight, the Honda CB300R despite being a CKD unit costs about Rs. 95,000/- cheaper than the BMW G 310 R which is locally manufactured.

Verdict – Post the arrival of the Honda CB300R, the BMW G 310 R will continue to have hard times in the Indian market. Honda as a motorcycling brand is a lot more established and known to offer a more unswerving ownership experience.

Hence, BMW’s premium brand badging doesn’t really hold its ground strong against a Honda, the CB300R seems like a smarter pick! However, we will still reserve the final verdict until we get our hands on the Honda CB300R whose real competition comes from the KTM Duke 390.

Honda CB300R Price
The CB300R offers good value and is Rs. 1 lakh cheaper than the BMW