The BS6 BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS are now much more affordable with price of both the motorcycles over half a lakh cheaper. Both the motorcycles also get more equipment, some cosmetic revisions and hopefully, a much more refined engine.
After what has been a rather long wait, BMW Motarrad has finally launched the BS6-complaint versions of the G 310 R and G 310 GS in India today. The BS6 BMW G 310 R is now available for a price of Rs 2.45 lakh while the BS6 G 310 GS has been priced at Rs 2.85 lakh. Apart from the BS6 update, the biggest welcome on both these motorcycles is their huge drop in price. The BS6 G 310 R is now more affordable by Rs 54,000 while the GS 310 R is Rs 64,000 cheaper than their respective BS4 models. There have been a few important changes under the skin as well. Let’s look at it a little closer.
But first, there has been a few very important welcome changes on the styling front. The BS6 iterations of the G 310 R and G 310 GS get new LED headlamps and LED turn indicators. The previous halogen units were not the brightest and moreover, anything without LEDs these days look drastically old. So it really helps the look of the motorcycle. The BS6 BMW G 310 R and the G 310 GS also get new colour options to differentiate themselves from their predecessor. In fact, the new motorcycles create most of their distinction from their predecessor with their new color schemes and graphics.
There’s a new three-tone color scheme (white, red and black) on the G 310 R which particularly our new favorite as it comes with red painted frame and wheels. The GS also sports a special ’40 years GS’ livery that commemorates four decades of the BMW GS. Elsewhere, the tank extensions on the G 310 R have also been slightly redesigned. BMW has also thrown in adjustable brake and clutch lever this time for better ergonomics. However, unlike the BS6 Apache RR 310 which gets a TFT display, these BMWs continue to use a LCD, full-digital display.
But what we are more interested to find is whether BMW has fixed the refinement issues of the BS4-spec G 310s that really pulled the motorcycles back. These are otherwise very friendly machines with good performance but were really let down by the vibrations from the engine and their harshness. The other motorcycle that uses this engine – the TVS Apache RR 310 – was completely revamped when it saw its BS6 update and came with significant improvements in terms of refinement and rideability.
Both the BS6 G 310 R and GS 310 R continue to be powered by a 313cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single cylinder engine, this time BS6-complaint of course. Fortunately, the power and torque figures remain unchanged at 34PS and 28Nm as before. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. With the BS6 update, BMW has also added ride-by-wire system to both the motorcycles. So on paper and if BMW’s adverts are to be believed, this new engine should be much more refined than before. That is something we will find out only after riding the motorcycle, so stick around for a review soon.
You see, BMW Motarrad was not quite able to make a mark with their most affordable bikes in India when it was originally launched in 2018 because they were still priced at a premium. They were more expensive than the competition and the last BS4 stocks of the G 310s were sold with heavy discounts. With this new pricing, both the motorcycles undercut the price of their Austrian rivals – KTM 390 Duke (Rs 2.58 lakh) and KTM 390 Adventure (Rs 3.05 lakh) – by a comfortable margin. Although the KTMs are still a notch above in terms of performance, their prices are pretty comparable. BMW has certainly got the pricing right of the G 310s with its BS6 update and we hope to see a lot of these on the roads now.