The most talked about entry level on/off road motorcycles in the Indian market right now are the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the BMW G 310 GS. Both these bikes are very similar in terms of what they offer yet manage to be distinguished from each other. The Himalayan on one end has been and continues to be the most affordable adventure motorcycles out there. The G 310 GS, on the other hand, marks the entry of the renowned bike maker in the single cylinder adventure bikes. In terms of price, the Himalayan is the more affordable option and priced at INR 1.7 Lakh while the German is priced at a hefty Rs 3.5 Lakh, both prices are ex-showroom, Mumbai.
The BMW G 310 GS uses a 313 cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled motor. This engine is tuned to produce 33 hp of peak power and 28 Nm of peak torque, paired to a six-speed gearbox. Alloy wheels on both ends of the bike let you have tubeless tyres which come quite handy in case of a puncture. The seat of the GS stands 835 mm high, which would pose a problem for the shorter riders who will have to tiptoe in certain situations. The front biased footpegs of the motorcycle make the rider sit upright and makes longer rides more comfortable.
The Himalayan uses a 411 cc, single cylinder, air cooled engine. This motor is linked to a 5-speed gearbox, generating 24.5 hp and 32 Nm of twist. The front wheel of the Himalayan measures 21-inches in diameter and is very helpful while clearing some off-road obstacles. Spoked wheels on the bike are quite useful when off the road but they come with tubed tyres as a downside. The seat on the Himalayan is 800 mm high, making it very comfortable for all riders. The Himalayan feels more comfortable to command while you stand and ride off the road with its narrow handlebar.
We could go on and on about the various different features and other aspects of these two extremely capable motorcycles and that is exactly what has been done in this video which is linked below. The video explains, in detail, about each and every aspect that differentiates these two machines, do have a look.