Now that the baby BMW’s launch is around the corner, we stack it up against the popular motorcycles in its segment to see how it fares on paperWatch Video Review
Naked motorcycles are perhaps one of the most practical ones among two-wheelers. They offer a nice balance of agility and comfort, in the 300cc segment- performance. KTM’s 390 Duke revolutionised this space with its power-packed performance and agile dynamics. Soon, manufacturers like Mahindra, Benelli and Bajaj followed suit with their new products in this segment. Though BMW Motorrad is a bit late to the party, the German marque promises a good quality motorcycle coupled with a premium badge value. Here’s how the BMW G 310 R compares with its competitors in its segment, spec-wise:
|Specifications||BMW G 310 R||390 Duke||Dominar 400||Mojo XT 300||TNT 300|
|Engine||313cc single cylinder DOHC, liquid-cooled and fuel injected||373.2cc single cylinder DOHC, liquid cooled and fuel injected||373.3cc single cylinder Triple Spark DTS-i with liquid cooling and fuel injection||295cc single cylinder DOHC fuel injected, liquid cooled engine||300cc inline twin cylinder|
|Peak power||34PS at 9500rpm||43.5PS at 9000rpm||35PS at 8000rpm||27.1PS at 8000rpm||38.7PS at 11,500rpm|
|Maximum torque||28Nm at 7500rpm||37Nm at 7000rpm||35Nm at 6500rpm||30Nm at 5500rpm||26.5Nm at 10,000rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed||6-speed with slipper clutch||6-speed with slipper clutch||6-speed||6-speed|
|Front suspension||41mm upside down forks||43mm WP open cartridge inverted forks||43mm telescopic forks||Upside down forks||Inverted forks|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock with adjustable preload||Preload adjustable WP monoshock||Multi-step adjustable gas-charged monoshock||Gas-charged monoshock with adjustable preload||Offset monoshock|
|Front brake||300mm disc with ABS||320mm disc with ABS and Supermoto mode||320mm disc with ABS||320mm petal disc||Disc with ABS|
|Rear brake||240mm disc with ABS||230mm disc with ABS||230mm disc with ABS||240mm disc||Disc with ABS|
|Fuel tank capacity||11 litres||13.4 litres||13 litres||21 litres||16 litres|
|Weight||158.5kg kerb||149kg dry||182kg kerb||165kg dry||196kg kerb|
|Price (ex-showroom Delhi)||Estimated to be Rs 3 lakh||Rs 2.4 lakh||Rs 1.62 lakh (ABS variant)||Rs 1.79 lakh||Rs 3.43 lakh (ABS variant)|
Except the Dominar, all the motorcycles feature sophisticated front forks. However, the Dominar’s telescopic forks can handle oil leaks much better than the inverted units, should it fail on Indian roads. Coming to the brakes, only the Mojo lacks ABS, while the other motorcycles feature a dual-channel unit either as standard or at least as an option. But for touring, the Mojo offers superior range, thanks to the massive 21-litre fuel tank. The Beemer gets the smallest fuel tank capacity, which may be a hindrance if one wishes to do long-distance rides.
The KTM 390 Duke’s instrumentation is the most advanced of the lot, complete with a TFT colour display. The BMW’s instrumentation is also reasonably informative, showing fuel consumption and range, apart from the regular trove of data. The Dominar 400, Mojo XT 300 and the TNT 300 feature no-nonsense instrument clusters with the usual features like speedometer, tachometer, odometer, fuel gauge, trip meter and tell-tale lights.
At Rs 1.62 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, the Dominar offers the best value for money, with an all-round package. The bike is reasonably comfortable for both city commutes and highway touring, and its maintenance is relatively affordable as well. If you’re in the market for the most sophisticated, powerful motorcycle, the KTM 390 Duke is the ideal choice, while still being a value-laden proposition. The G 310 R will appeal to those who want an elegant looking motorcycle with decent performance to boot and snob value. We expect BMW Motorrad to price its entry-level motorcycle at an ex-showroom price of Rs 3 lakh. Sure it commands a premium, probably it's the price you pay for German quality.