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
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