BMW enters another market with the G 310 R

BMW wants to sell 200,000 motorcycles per annum by 2020. Helping to achieve such an ambitious target will be models such as the new G 310 R, which the firm describes as a “premium offering” for the sub-500 cc segments in Europe, Asia and South America.

Adding a small-capacity roadster to the range is a major departure for BMW. However that's not the G 310 R's only anomaly, because it's going to be manufactured by 'cooperation partner' TVS in India. All design and engineering work has taken place in Germany, though.

BMW G 310 R (2016) Front Side

Built around a tubular steel frame, power comes from a fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 313 cc engine. Featuring twin overhead camshafts and four valves, this rearwards-tilting single-cylinder unit produces 33 bhp (25 kW / 34 PS) with 28 Nm (20 lb/ft) of peak torque.

Not a massive output then, but the G 310 R only weighs 158.5 kg (349.4 lbs). The bike's relative lightness is combined with a low seat height of just 785 mm (30.9”).

BMW G 310 R (2016) Side

Chassis components include an upside-down front fork and an aluminium rear swingarm. The braking set-up comprises a single disc for each wheel plus a two-channel anti-lock system.

Price and perceived quality are going to be two of the main factors that determine whether or not enough customers want to buy the G 310 R. For now, both are unknown.

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