When BMW launched the G 310 R a few months ago, it raised quite a few eyebrows. Priced at `2.99 lakh, the G 310 R, on paper, comes across as quite an expensive proposition – especially since shelling out a similar amount can fetch you the more powerful KTM 390 Duke or even the parallel-twin Kawasaki Ninja 300. But, don’t forget, this is a BMW that we’re talking about. And this is quite apparent in the levels of quality on the G 310 R. It’s not a secret that BMW Motorrad maintains high standards of quality for all its offerings, but, what’s interesting here is that they haven’t compromised even for their most-affordable offering.
As you sit astride it, the first thing that you notice about the BMW G 310 R is how comfortable it is. The R feels amply spacious, and the wide seat makes long hours on the saddle a comfortable affair. At 785mm, the seat isn’t too high off the ground either. The way you’re able to wrap around the motorcycle gives you an enhanced sense of control. In union with a perfectly tuned suspension, the G 310 R feels surprisingly effortless around corners. During our test on the track, the G 310 R was direct and predictable, so-much-so that our trust in the motorcycle increased with every lap. And off track, for a motorcycle that’s setup on the stiffer side, the G 310 R tackles potholes with superb composure.
The G 310 R has been fitted with the same backward-mounted 313cc, single-cylinder engine as the 310 GS, and in exactly the same tune too. The motor has a sense of controlled aggression to it – a nature that will take the fancy of a lot of motorcyclists. BMW has also done well to curb the vibrations of the engine – a cause of concern in the TVS Apache RR 310, which shares its engine with the 310 R.
The G 310 R ticks all the right boxes – from quality and comfort to offering an engaging ride. But most importantly, it has a likeable and welcoming persona that will be appreciated by a lot of buyers. And if that’s still not enough for you, there’s the pride of owning a BMW – even if it’s the most affordable one in their portfolio.