For those of you waiting patiently, cheque books in hand, for the eagerly anticipated BMW G 310 R, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Contrary to earlier reports that put the Indo-German roadster motorcycle’s India launch later this year, a new one suggests that the launch has been pushed to early 2017. So there you have it – you can’t get your hands on BMW Motorrad’s most affordable motorcycle till date before March next year. As for prices, its is being widely speculated that the G 310 R will be a smidgen cheaper than its arch rival, the KTM Duke 390, judging by leaked European prices, and the fact that it will be assembled here in India at TVS’s manufacturing facilities near Bengaluru.
Developed in Munich by BMW Motorrad, and to be produced in India by cooperation partner TVS Motor Company, the BMW G 310 R is powered by a 313cc, liquid-cooled, fuel injected, single-cylinder engine that develops 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 28Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. Other highlights include USD front forks, standard ABS, a rigid tubular steel frame, a low seat height of just 785 millimetres, an unladen weight of 158.5 kilograms, and a roadster design with echoes of the S 1000 R. The BMW G 310 R is expected to be priced between INR 1.8-2 lakhs in India, while BMW Motorrad India aims to have as many as 12 dealers open before 2017.