Top officials at BMW Motorrad have revealed that a mini-GS styled adventure motorcycle is on the cards.
This smaller GS will be based on the upcoming G 310 R roadster motorcycle which has been jointly developed with TVS Motors. This model is likely to be introduced in 2017 and will be very competitively priced. As is the case with the G 310 R, the GS version will also be developed by BMW but manufactured by TVS.
Powering the bike will be a 313cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke petrol motor producing 34 BHP of power and 28 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox. Expect the engine to be retuned to meet the adventurous requirements of this version. ABS will be offered as standard.
The G 310 R will be priced aggressively and we can expect tit o retail for around Rs 2.2 and 2.5 lakh.
The G 310 R roadster is a bike developed jointly by TVS and BMW and the mini-GS adventure, when launched, will give the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the soon to be launched KTM 390 Adventure, some competition.
If you were planning to buy a performance motorcycle this year, it’ll be a good decision to wait a little longer.
BMW could launch a mini-GS adventure bike based on the smaller G310R’s engine. The G310R will be an India-made motorcycle that has been developed under the BMW-TVS alliance formed two years ago. The G310R is expected to make its debut this year while the GS version is likely to appear in 2017.
The Himalayan is an ‘all-rounder’ motorcycle built on an all new platform from Royal Enfield. It is a 411cc adventure motorcycle which was partly developed in the United Kingdom. The motorcycle brings a series of firsts for the brand.
Himalayan has been through a lot of testing and Royal Enfield has finally unveiled its first out of the league RE motorcycle. The negatives about the test mules have definitely gone down with the production ready version of the newcomer at its time of display. It comes in a single body design and offers practical living, wherever on the earth you are actually living.
In a way, Royal Enfield bikes have also come to be identified as the choice for touring; rugged, easy to repair and with torquey engines, they have become almost synonymous with motorcycle touring in India. With the Himalayan, Royal Enfield wants to target the adventure seekers, riders who seek to go and explore with a bike that promises to go far beyond where the tarmac ends.
KTM India is planning to introduce the 390 Adventure motorcycle in India by the end of this year. This is a good move from the Austrian manufacturer as middle-weight performance motorcycles are finding a good demand in our country.
The KTM 390 Adventure will be based on the naked sibling- the Duke 390. Though based on the street-fighter version, it will borrow traits from the 1190 Adventure model in terms of design. This new motorcycle will sport a stronger and longer suspension, dual-purpose tyres and a larger fuel tank. The motorcycle should also sport an upright seating position making it more comfortable for longer distances.