While most of the other big players in the motorcycle manufacturing industry were coming up with scaled down bikes for the budget-conscious and traffic-afflicted, BMW didn’t seem to give a hoot about catering to the small displacement entry-level market
BMW recently joined in on the fray with the BMW G310R, a multi-platform gateway to more small-displacement bikes.
BMW Motorrad partnered with TVS Motors to produce the G310R in India, and TVS will also manufacture its own version, rebadged for its own brand. The BMW G310R will be available globally later this year.
Gil Balderas of BMW Motorrad PH confirmed that the Philippines will indeed be getting the small BMW roadster, as soon as the first quarter of 2017.
The BMW G310R’s powerhouse is a four-stroke, liquid-cooled 313cc single cylinder with a curious spin to it. The engine’s cylinder is tilted back, with its fuel-injected cylinder head rotated 180° and exhaust ports at its rear. This arrangement supposedly lowers the bike’s center of gravity towards the front wheel for agility and control. Redline is at 10,500rpm and power is rated 34PS at 9500rpm with 28Nm of torque at 7,500rpm.
Stopping is done with steel-braided brake lines, a 300mm front disc with radially mounted calipers, and a 240mm disc in the rear. As with all Beemers, ABS comes standard. The G310R’s suspension up front makes use of 41mm inverted telescopic forks, with an adjustable monoshock out back.
Already, the G310R is significant, simply for being the first BMW street standard with an engine smaller than 500cc. Also recently announced was an adventure touring version which will likely be called the F310GS—and following the multi-platform vein, it’s possible to speculate on a future sport bike derivative, like a S310RR.