ENGINEERED FOR THE URBAN JUNGLE | BMW G 301RPosted On: May 2, 2019 By : AutoLife Team
Like many other automobile manufacturers, BMW did not start off by making cars or motorcycles rather their journey began as the manufacturers of the finest war plane engines. Yup, that’s right, until the end of the First World War, BMW were reputed for manufacturing war plane engines and you surely can imagine the amount of engineering precision that goes into building those. Long story short, as the World War ended and the Treaty of Versailles signed, BMW was barred from manufacturing war engines and shifted focus into manufacturing motorcycles then later, cars. Despite lacking experience in automotive field, they we re easily able to translate their aeronautical expertise onto their cars and motorcycles and from there their name spread across the globe.
Up until today, BMW Motorrad has made some of the most iconic motorcycles such as their mighty 1200GS and their track monster, the S1000RR. It was until recent times that BMW Motorrad focused only on higher capacity motorcycles, but now they’ve gone off to build some in the entry level segment with the release of the BMW G310 GS and the BMW G310R. In the last issue, we featured the BMW G310 GS, an adventurer’s companion. Well this time we bring you its road going cousin, the BMW G310R.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
The G 310R felt compact and minimalistic in comparison to their other line. Having said that, we’re by no means implying that the G 310R lacks in size as that’s rather a factor in why we like it! Coming in at a wet weight of 158.8kg, it’s easy to handle and the seat height isn’t intimidating for those who’re on the lower end of the vertical spectrum. Also, upon sitting on the R, you feel like you’re sitting on something solid and sturdy. The gold anodized fork and brake calipers give out a feeling of premium-ness and the tank is muscular and big. However, we did feel that it could have hold more fuel given it’s only got an 11 liters capacity. By no way this is a deal breaker but it’d be great if you had a surplus of range.
The bike features dual channel ABS which you’re not able to switch off unlike the G 310GS but that shouldn’t make any difference if you’re riding it on the tarmac. It sports an all-digital instrument cluster with comes with the basics like a tachometer, speedometer, gear position indicator, odometer, fuel tank level, and the additional information like remaining range, average fuel consumption, average speed and time which comes in handy.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
Powering the G 310R is a 313cc single cylinder DOHC engine. The BMW churns out an ample amount of power with the 34 Hp available to you at 9500rpm, which is just right for riding around the cities here in Nepal. The power delivery is also commendable; give the throttle a twist and the R will be more than happy to take you triple digit speeds. It makes a maximum torque of 28 NM at 7500 rpm. You get much of the power coming in down low and that surge of power will have you grinning with excitement and when you’re revving it past 5000rpm it sounds mean. One thing is for certain, the BMW G 310R’s got enough “Omph” to keep you entertained. We liked how BMW tuned the machine to keep you in complete control. As for refinement, the vibrations are minimal for a single cylinder.
When you’re in the early end of the rev band, you won’t notice much but it does tend to get buzzy when you start pushing it past 7000 rpm. Despite that, we noticed that when you’re pushing the engine that hard around the cities, vibrations will be the last thing on your mind. We also noticed that like the GS, its adventure touring cousin, the G 310R too has a rev limiter that isn’t intrusive. While we were pushing it in the highways, we didn’t feel any of the jerkiness that you normally do with the rev limiter.
Another thing to note is that we didn’t feel the engine cooking our legs as much as we expected. Maybe it had something to do with it being the cooler seasons but unless you’re constantly pushing the R you’ll probably have minimal issues with it heating. At least in the colder seasons anyways.
SUSPENSION AND HANDLING
We didn’t think much of the 41mm USD forks but it turns out that the R’s suspension is amazingly responsive! For roads like ours that’s laden with bumps and humps around every corner, the G310R is able to filter it out to a degree that you’re surprisingly not too bothered by it. Yes, it does mean it has a soft suspension but not to mean that it can’t take corners, in fact, the bike handled corners brilliantly!
The tires also held on well; the Michelin’s got ample grip to instill confidence and lets you make those daring maneuvers when you’re out with your riding buddies. The tires are made for wet roads but it can find traction in partial mud too. Not to say it’s able to go off roads but it may be a slightly better option than others out there.
Even at triple digit speeds, the Beamer is able to change lines easily without you having to fret. For a naked bike it was pretty planted and stable at high speeds. It would take a lot to unsettle it. While we rode it in city traffic, it was surprisingly easy to get around. You can expect the R to give you a plush and comfortable ride quality on the days you ride.
Another thing that are confidence inspiring are the brakes, those calipers do a great job of moderating your speed given that they have a strong bite so stopping in high speeds are no issue. Then add the dual channel ABS to the mix and you’ve probably slashed down the margin for error.
Ergonomically, you’re sitting upright and your arms will be spread open given the R’s wide handle bars and the rider’s triangle is great for commutes. You are able to tuck in if you want to get more streamline and there is a small rest at the end of the riders seat where you can nudge your tailbone against to keep you glued while you’re zipping through open traffic like a torpedo.
In a nutshell, BMW has engineered the R to be an ideal city bike that’s more than capable of performing. Whether you take it to go to college, work, a weekend ride or even perhaps a short travel to another city, the G 310R has got them covered. You can bet that it’s versatile enough to handle the variating road conditions our country have. We’d say the beamer is perfect for those who are getting back to motorcycling after a long gap or those looking to move up from a lower capacity motorcycle. The power isn’t overwhelming yet it doesn’t fail to put a smile on your face when you need it. And finally when it boils down to the price, we couldn’t have been any more surprised on how affordable the G 310R is given that it wears the BMW badge; with it being priced from Rs. 9,50,000/- to Rs. 9,75,000/-.