BMW has always been known for producing some of the world’s most premium, and most expensive motorcycles. A good number of this German motorcycle manufacturer’s models are equipped with cutting-edge technology, impressive performance, and world-class fit and finish. However, BMW clearly took a gamble when it decided to enter the entry-level market with the G 310 range of bikes.
Both the G 310 R and G 310 GS were outsourced by BMW to Indian motorcycle manufacturer TVS. The bikes make use of a single-cylinder engine, chassis, and components manufactured by TVS. As such, BMW is able to sell the bike at an extremely affordable price tag. Although not an expressway-legal option in the Philippine market, there are quite a few things that this naked roadster has going for itself. Let’s take a closer look at 5 things we like about the BMW G 310 R.
At a glance, it can be all too easy to mistake the G 310 R as one of the bigger, more expensive bikes in BMW’s model range. Its aggressive bodywork, sporty lines, and muscular fuel tank are reminiscent of that of the BMW F 900 R and even the S 1000 R naked sportbikes. Meanwhile, its slightly hunched-over stance and menacing front fascia give it a performance-oriented appeal. Beneath this sporty styling, however, the G 310 R is barely a beast, but rather, a tractable machine that serves as the perfect all-rounder around the city.
As mentioned, the G 310 R has killer looks which make it easy to think of this bike as a performance-oriented machine. However, it’s by far the most beginner-friendly machine in BMW’s motorcycle lineup—C 400 scooters notwithstanding. The G 310 R shares the same engine as the G 310 GS, which can also be found in the TVS Apache RR 310 sportbike. It takes the form of a 313cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine which produces around 33 horsepower. While its displacement isn’t quite enough to grant it expressway access, it certainly packs a respectable punch that’s sure to make it an exciting commuter for around the city.
The BMW G 310 R’s features consist of premium underpinnings which put it in a class above other 300cc naked bikes. For instance, it gets beefy, gold-anodized inverted forks, a preload-adjustable rear monoshock, and a fully digital LCD instrument cluster. It even gets full-LED lights both front and back, further lending themselves to that big bike aesthetic. Apart from these premium farkles, the G 310 R is built on some solid architecture. The engine is used as a stressed member inside a steel-trellis frame, making for a solid, sharp, yet lightweight machine.
Just like most naked bikes out there, the BMW G 310 R is an extremely versatile machine. It can be outfitted with accessories such as a top case, saddle bags, or a tank bag, to make it a practical touring machine for exploring backroads. You can slap on a pair of performance-oriented tires and take it for a fun day at the race track, too. Of course, you can leave it as is, and ride it to work on a daily basis. After all, the G 310 R is was built specifically as a sporty and exciting urban mobility solution.
Attractive price tag
At P280,000, the BMW G 310 R isn’t the cheapest naked bike out there. However, given the performance and technology it brings to the table, this price tag is more than justified. Perhaps, its only major drawback is the fact that it isn’t expressway-legal in the Philippines. However, on paper, as well as based on our real-world experience, it has more than enough power on tap to cruise safely and comfortably at highway speeds. The BMW G 310 R, therefore, is the perfect bike for the beginner rider looking to get a taste of big bike performance. It’s also ideal for someone looking for a fun and exciting commuter for the weekdays, while their big bikes sit in their garage, waiting for some action once the weekend arrives.