Safe to say that BMW’s G 310 R and the off-road-bi­ased GS sib­ling have been the most talked about bikes this year, and will be the stars of next year’s Auto Expo. We trav­elled to BMW Mo­tor­rad’s head­quar­ters in Mu­nich and the mother plant in Ber­lin to get

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Where’s that G 310 R? We delve in to BMW Mo­tor­rad’s In­dia plans

THE VERY FIRST BMW wasn’t a car but a mo­tor­cy­cle – the R32 in 1932. Of course you knew that. But did you know that very first mo­tor­cy­cle was a Boxer twin, a lay­out that BMW Mo­tor­rad still stays true to with the leg­endary GS off-road mo­tor­cy­cles. It’s much like Porsche con­tin­u­ing to hang the en­gine out be­hind the rear axle of the 911, in the­ory the Boxer en­gine should not work in a mo­tor­cy­cle ex­cept for the thor­ough­ness and ab­so­lute de­ter­mi­na­tion of Ger­man en­gi­neers in mak­ing the im­pos­si­ble hap­pen. And so it is that the GS range con­tin­ues to be the best­seller in BMW Mo­tor­rad’s port­fo­lio, the pre­ferred choice of the gnarli­est round-the-world ad­ven­tur­ers. But how long can the GS con­tinue to top BMW Mo­tor­rad’s sales charts when they have a bike that is a fifth of the price and made in the home of vol­ume mo­tor­cy­cles – In­dia?

By now so much has been writ­ten about the G 310 R that it’s as fa­mil­iar as a Pul­sar, or Apache. Ex­cept that de­spite it be­ing launched all over the world, de­spite it be­ing man­u­fac­tured in In­dia, no In­dian jour­nal­ist has rid­den one. “The in­tro­duc­tion date for both the R and GS ver­sion is the sec­ond half of 2018,” says Timo Resch, the sales and mar­ket­ing boss for BMW

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