2016 BMW G310R Debuts for New Riders

11/11/2015 @ 11:58 am, by Jensen Beeler25 COMMENTS

BMW G 310 R (K03)

When BMW Motorrad showed us the BMW G310R Stunt concept, we knew that a small-displacement model from the German company was just around the corner, and sure enough here is the 2016 BMW G310R street bike – project undertaken by BMW with help from India’s TVS Motors.

A 313cc single-cylinder engine with four valves and a dual-overhead cam, the BMW G310R makes 34hp, and tips the scales at 350 lbs. Of note, the cylinder is racked rearward and has been rotated 180° from normal, with the intake facing forward, and the exhaust ports facing rearward, like some more advanced thumpers on the market.

The frame is made-up of tubular steel, with a long swingarm used for better handling characteristics. Suspension is done by upside down forks, and a linearly mounted rear shock, the latter having an adjustable preload. ABS is of course standard.

All-in-all, the BMW G310R should be ideal for the A1 tiered license structure found in the European Union, and the G310R should slot in well with its small-displacement counterparts for markets like the USA.

You only have to take a quick look at the photos attached to this post to see that BMW’s marketing message has a strong focus on female riders, pitching the BMW G310R as an approachable model for women to enter motorcycling on.

The G310R is more important than just get female riders into the BMW brand, it’s about getting all riders on a BMW motorcycle.

Brands are quickly realizing that riders are more likely to be brand loyal, and thus need a gateway motorcycle that will eventually lead to a bigger (read: more profitable) motorcycle from that OEM.

The fact that the bike is well-suited to women, any new rider, or any rider without a 32″ inseam is an added bonus.

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

BMW G 310 R (K03)

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Source: BMW Motorrad

  • Jack Meoph

    Get your grin on.

  • coreyvwc

    It even has good brakes. very nice.

  • Chris Jackson

    Any idea when this will be available in the U.S.? As a new rider and current Grom owner, I’d love one of these. (A S600RR would be nice, too, not that there aren’t already several great options in that class.)

  • Keith

    Excellent job BMW!

  • Christopher Ring

    its on the BMW UK website but not on the US website so I’d imagine we aren’t going to see it.

  • tony

    how many moneys ?

  • I would expect Spring 2016, though haven’t heard anything from BMW Motorrad USA about it…not that I’m expecting to hear anything from them…ever.

  • Alclab Ventek

    A very interesting move from BMW, however I would have liked

  • Chris Jackson
  • jeff fearnow

    But will they price it into a market that will only ever be BMW riders anyway?

    If it were competitive with Asian and Austrian offerings then bring it. Else, another plaything for the 1%-wannabes

  • Harlan

    No ABS?

    weird.

  • Chris Jackson

    ABS is standard

  • Gillis

    I read elsewhere this was being produced in Asia (India?) with a lot of unfavorable comments about the specific company their working with despite BMW’s assurances otherwise.

  • MM

    Overall I like the design, but there’s just something kinda spindly about it’s looks.

  • Jonathan

    Looks like a Suzuki more than anything.

  • TVS Motors is building the G310R.

    People should remember, BMW’s German-made motorcycles aren’t exactly known as being reliable.

  • Romer

    Is that tongue-in-cheek? If not, what specific models might you be referring to?

  • Pistonshaft

    Couldn’t they find a more revolting exhaust.

  • Michael Uhlarik

    Amen. Thank you for saying that Jensen

  • Not tongue-in-cheek. I’m having a hard time thinking of a first-year model BMW that didn’t need a recall or three. Happened with the S1000RR, the water-cooled GS, the water-cooled RT…

    The reason people don’t associate BMW with being unreliable is because BMW Motorrad generally takes extremely good care of its owners. They’ll have their bikes recalled three times, and buy another BMW when the time comes because of the exceptional customer service. A lot of brands could learn from this.

  • Just keeping it O.G. down here.

  • Paul McM

    So this is the G310R-CB (Chick Bike)? I suppose this may have appeal in 3rd World Markets where the BMW Roundel has some cachet. I don’t see this selling in the USA though I suspect small riders will find it fun. As others have suggested the styling is derivative, and not in a good way. Most folks will figure this is just a 2000-vintage bottom end Kawasaki.

  • sunichi24

    tongue-in-cheek? topkek

    as if the bloody telever claim 1 journalist life wasn’t bad enough

    even in asia, is quite well known BMW aren’t realiable as japs

  • sunichi24

    appeal in 3rd world? topkek

    no wonder harleys are dying

  • karikor

    BMW plans to counter KTM’s 500cc twin with this news below –

    http://bikeadvice.in/next-up-from-tvs-bmw-are-twin-cylinder-500-600-cc-motorcycles-first-hints/