The BMW G310R is one of the most eagerly anticipated motorcycles of the past few years. Well perhaps not globally, but at least in Malaysia it is. We also know that our friends in India are excited about the new baby BMW as well, and though the bike is built in India, it oddly has not been launched in that market either.

Our friend from XBHP India, Sundeep Gajjar, or better known as Sunny (search Motographer on Google to see his work), got the chance to ride the G310R in Australia recently, and we were extremely jealous. Well, good thing then that Sunny is a dear friend, and we have a good working relationship with each other. So when we heard that he is riding the bike, we had to have the story to tell the Malaysian biker what he is missing out on, and hopefully to pile on the pressure on BMW Malaysia, hoping they would understand that we Malaysians are excited about the bike, and they should hurry up and launch it already! Nobody likes a tease.

The G310R went on a national tour at a number of local BMW showrooms last year, and we loved what we saw. Well, this is what you need to know about the bike that a lot of people are saying will steal sales away from the KTM 390. This is what Sunny of XBHP has to say about the G310R:

BMW Motorrad has been going all guns blazing in almost every segment of motorcycling. But there was something missing. That final piece in the jigsaw puzzle was the introduction of the BMW G310 R. An entry level motorcycle for developed markets, which would see the young ‘uns jump straight out of their prams and onto the saddle of the 310.

The icing on the cake for us Indians is that the BMW G310 R is built in India by TVS Motor!

The Partnership
BMW and TVS had announced their partnership in April 2013. It’s been four years since and we should soon have this bike on Indian roads as well. BMW states that the bike has completely been designed by the German manufacturer, but the production is done by TVS. This allows the bike to be manufactured at a much lower price than if it were in Europe. In fact it is the first BMW to be produced outside Germany.

Testimony to the manner in which the Indian motorcycle market has grown in leaps and bounds. Add to it the fact that it is far from being unsaturated compared to the developed world.

Before we get carried away about this fact we should remember that Indonesia makes bikes like Yamaha MT 03,  Thailand bikes like Kawasaki Z300 and Honda CB 300F and CB500F for developed markets like the USA! While these two countries were probably chosen to reduce the cost of manufacturing, none of them have what India has. Millions of young testosterone laden ready to be bikers from the strongest middle class in the world AND a country so vast, diverse and beautiful, ready to be explored on two wheels!

BMW Motorrad had first unveiled its bike at the EICMA show in 2015. As expected it immediately grabbed attention the world over. In the developed markets it is a motorcycle which would get youngsters on the saddle of a very capable bike and build brand loyalty from the beginning. In developing markets like India, this would be the perfect upgrade for many a tourer/ city slicker/ speed freak!

The Competition
This is the Bavarian manufacturer’s foray into the sub-500cc segment and neighbouring Austrians are in their crosshairs. The KTM Duke 390 better watch out, the Germans are coming!

It’s the way between the two Ms – Mattighofen and Munich.
Understandably so, the immediate comparison of the G310 R is the KTM Duke 390. Leaving everything else aside – both are made in India by Indian motorcycle companies for European stalwarts. However unlike KTM, TVS doesn’t own any shares of BMW, at least not that we know of.

Visually the BMW is a gentleman while the KTM is that ultra flashy teenager. Almost all equipment on the Duke has more street presence than on the BMW. The full LED headlamp, the colour giant TFT screen with gizmowizardry like Bluetooth and then the flashy orange of course. The design of the Duke would be suitable for a concept bike, while that of the BMW is subdued and to the point.

Though on its own, the BMW is an eyecatcher. Especially in the White with blue and red that we rode. One of the reasons it garners so much attention is that from certain angles it does look bigger than a 300. It looks pretty, but an LED headlight would have added a touch of modernity to the front.

The biggest difference perhaps comes from the fact that the Duke 390 is a full 10 Bhp more than the BMW G310 R.

So what propels the bike forward to plaster that grin on your face?
A 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with four valves and two camshafts, producing a healthy 34 bhp at 9500 rpm and 28 Nm at 7500 rpm. Figures which are not going to set your heart aflutter, nonetheless it will get the job done. Added to that is the 158.5 kg weight and you have a lightweight roadster ready to fight traffic!

The bike power wheelies in first gear, which is fun in traffic! Acceleration from standstill is excellent and you always have power on tap for your everyday urban riding.

Once out of the city, the 300cc mill doesn’t disappoint. 100 kmph on the speedo is at 7000 rpm in 6th gear. And a top whack of a speedo indicated 137 kmph was achieved, which was 5% more than what the GPS showed.

The sweet handling of this bike is thanks to the rigid tubular steel frame, the rear is a bolt on subframe. Add to that the longer swing arm and you have a motorcycle which is confident through corners and stable as if on rails in a straight line. Braking is taken care by a 300mm disc at the front and 240mm at the rear. ABS is standard. The good brakes would have been great brakes with a larger disc at the front. Stability in hard braking is excellent with the 41mm Kayaba USD forks.

A rather unique feature of the G310 R is the engine mounting, where the intake is at the front and the exhaust is at the rear, allowing the engine to be mounted further ahead. This frees up room, which allows the bike to utilise a longer swing-arm without increasing the overall length.

The end result of which is that the bike is intuitive in its handling. You think and the bike has done it already. Not just corner carving, but urban riding is a lot of fun as well.

The saddle on the G310 R didn’t seem particularly comfortable, though that could be because I had just got off a Ducati Multistrada!

Forward Thinking!
The advantage of developing a solid engine from the get go? You can use the same one, albeit with minor retuning and fit it into different style motorcycles. The GS310 is due to be released in a few developed markets soon this year. It will be an adventure motorcycle with the same engine, however geometry and equipment suited for taking the bike offroad. For example a 7 odd inches increase in front suspension travel, larger 19 inch cast alloy front wheel and maybe tyres like the Metzeler Tourance.

And of course – the beak!
Along with the naked ( G310R ), adventure ( GS310 ) BMW sure can come up with  S310RR  ( which incidentally matches the name of the upcoming TVS full faired bike – the Akula).

BMW have now stated that the bike will be launched not before 2018. The company wants to set up their dealer network before launching the motorcycle here. Which makes sense. Though many enthusiasts will be disappointed with that news. When it does come, it would need to undercut the Duke 390 by 10 odd percent for it to properly challenge the Austrian!

Read the original story and watch Sunny’s review video here!

Upcoming new BMW G310GS spied yet again ahead of possible debut at EICMA 2016.


Sad but true.

With all the hype surrounding the highly anticipated BMW G310R, we can confirm that BMW Malaysia will NOT be offering the baby Motorrad for the Malaysian market this year.

BMW G 310 R (K03)
BMW G 310 R (K03)

The baby beemer was supposed to make its debut in the third or fourth quarter of 2016 but our sources have confirmed that the 313cc entry-level BMW will only make it here next year for reasons unknown.


The G310R has been highly anticipated as it opens up the fantastic world of BMW Motorrad to an all new segment. There has been no confirmed indication on pricing but market speculation whispered prices of around RM30,000 – RM40,000 or lower. Dealers were also reportedly taking orders on the bike, you can read about that by clicking here.

The move comes as a surprise as the BMW G310R was officially on tour recently around Malaysia and was available for viewing at selected BMW Motorrad outlets. That move was seen a pre-launch move to get the market ready for launch. So the launch delay comes as a surprise for all of us.


The G310R was officially introduced to the world at the 2015 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. You can read all about the motorcycle and view the full gallery by clicking here.

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Take a good long look at this bike as it is going to be the base bike for the upcoming BMW baby sports bike – the 313cc sports bike based on the G310R.

Word on the grapevine is suggesting that TVS Motor Company, the same company that assembles the G310R in India, is officially putting this bike into production as the TVS Apache RTR 300.

Based on the BMW G310R, the Apache RTR 300 will be powered by the same 313cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine as the G310R. Though both the engine and gearbox will eventually offer unique power figures different from the G310R, in its existing state of tune however, the BMW motor produces 31bhp and 28Nm of torque.

According to Indian website Rush Lane, the final production version of the Apache RTR 300 is expected to retain much of the dramatic bodywork shown in the pictures here as the Akula 310 factory racer concept which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2016 in India. According to Rush Lane, the bike will retain its twin headlamps, tall windshield, chiselled fuel tank, split seats, LED taillights and a stubby exhaust. ABS and sticky tyres could be offered as options.

When it is launched the Apache RTR 300 will take the fight to the KTM RC390, Yamaha R25, Honda CBR250RR and the Kawasaki 250.

The TVS model is unlikely to make it to Malaysia based on current conditions, but we are excited to see the BMW spin-off of this bike. Expected date of arrival in Malaysia will be sometime in the second or third quarter of 2017. As for the name of the bike, how does BMW S310RR sound?

Image and story credits: Rush Lane

For a number of years it was an open secret that BMW was going to build smaller bikes for the lucrative entry-level market but engineers and company executives either kept mum about it or avoided it altogether.


So when BMW finally did confirm the rumour, it was more of a “I told you so” moment rather than a more celebration-worthy “wow, that’s brilliant” kind of moment.

Whatever it is, the end product is going to be brilliant. I say brilliant because upon meeting it at it’s debut last year (read about it here) it felt good, high quality, and had the all important BMW-esque-ness to Motorrad motorcycles. I’m talking about the BMW G310R, that small naked bike that BMW is building in India in collaboration with Indian motorcycle manufacturer, TVS.

And while the G310R is yet to make it’s debut, it is already spawning its own variants – an Adventure model and a sports model with full fairings. And things are already begin to get into a roll with this rendering on how the upcoming F310GS could possibly look like.


Indian automotive portal Rush Lane posted this exclusive rendering of the upcoming baby-Adventure bike created by Pratyush Rout, described as the “guy behind the renderings” at

The new bike will almost definitely be powered by the same 313cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine as the 310R. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, it produces 31hp and 28Nm of torque. You can expect this figure to change with the engine and gearbox tweaked to better suit tour riding.

What will be different though is an increase in ground clearance, tyre and rim size, handle bar width and the seat.

Looking a lot like the current F700GS, this rendering may not be too far off the mark.

It is reportedly expected to be called either the F310GS or the GS310R.

The upcoming BMW 313cc baby sports bike is based on this, the TVS Akula 310
The upcoming BMW 313cc baby sports bike is based on this, the TVS Akula 310

The sports model is also said to be quite a looker with power to match, read about it here or check out the G310R promo video below.

With the BMW G310R coming soon into Malaysia, we list down 12 alternative bike models it will likely compete against. (more…)

The anticipation for the soon the be launched BMW G310R is getting hotter. So hot that dealers are already accepting bookings for the new entry level BMW in anticipation of increasing demand.

bmw g310r booking on mudah

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A post on by a dealer of BMW Motorcycles has welcomed a 20% downpayment on the 310R with deliveries expected to begin in June this year.


As for the price, there has been no clear indication of that but there is word from a recent dealer conference that prices are set to begin from RM25,000 up till RM30,000 with a long list of accessories set to take those prices up higher should you wish to do so.


We know that the G310 will eventually spawn a mini sports adventure touring model similar but much smaller from the BMW GS. There will also be a full sports model similar to the RR (read about it here) and the regular naked model we see in the pictures here.

The official launch event is said to be happening sometime in March.


Once introduced, the new G310R model will take on the likes of the KTM 250 and the 390, Kawasaki Z300, the Yamaha MT-03 and others.

The G310R will be the most affordable BMW motorcycle ever, and is powered by an all-new 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection.


It outputs 34hp at 9500rpm and 28Nm of torque at 7500rpm. We had an informal introduction with the G310R in Milan late last year, you can read all about it by clicking here.


You can also view the official video of the BMW G310R below:

BMW G310R-based TVS Akula 310 concept racer debuts in India. (more…)

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BMW Motorrad rocked the motorcycling world when it finally decided to go big by going down-market. The firm has a strong foothold in the large-capacity segments already, so perhaps the creation of the all-new BMW G310R was inevitable.

It may be small, BMW has set its sights for world domination with its newest model. The firm recently released a promotional video that details some of the bike’s special traits and features in better.

If you didn’t know, the BMW G310R is the fruit of the German powerhouse’s partnership with India’s leading bike manufacturer, TVS. It comes powered using a newly developed 313cc single-cylinder engine with a claimed output of 34hp to propel a claimed unladen weight of 158.5kg (more details in our launch story).

Taking a few notes from Austrian rivals KTM, the BMW G310R is being mass-produced in India. The effort should see the baby beemer being priced similarly to its Austrian segment rival (read KTM 390 Duke). Suffice to say, this is one bike we are anxiously waiting for in 2016.

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