At EICMA this year, BMW Motorrad is expected to unveil its first of many 300cc motorcycles that it is developing with Indian partner TVS. While we have known about this news for some time, the German company is just now giving us the official nod, showing today the BMW Concept Stunt G 310 in Brazil
At the core of the Stunt G 310 concept is a single-cylinder engine, likely punched out to 310cc in capacity, given the name. Making things interesting, the cylinder head has been reclined back towards the rider, and rotated 180 degrees in order to create a super-short wheelbase, with an extra-long swingarm, for the concept.
Also of note is the placement of the exhaust silencer, which is mounted vertically, right next to the rear shock. BMW says this is to protect the exhaust can from getting damaged in a crash, though we imagine it’s at the expense of suspension fade.
We doubt much that BMW will keep much of the Concept Stunt G 310’s colors and styling when the German brand’s small-displacement bikes arrive, but clearly BMW Motorrad has younger riders on its brain with the design. Having Chris Pfeiffer help one last time hock the company’s wares helps too.
The now retired stunt rider helped BMW develop a number of stunting-focused features for the Stunt G 310. There is a lockable throttle, for when the stunter’s right hand is off the throttle. Also, the gear ratio has also been changed for down-low acceleration, while the rear brake disc has been oversized for easy stopping maneuvers.
A second brake lever has been added next to the clutch lever, in case a rider’s right foot is off the bike and the rear brake needs to be applied. A stunt tail, axel pegs, and crash bars complete the package.
Overall the design is fetching, once your seizure from the bright colors stops. BMW seems to be using the same strategy that we say KTM employ when bringing out its small-displacement line: appealing to younger riders through hooligan antics.
Not much of this translates into the models we’ll see from the Roundel Brand, but it’s interesting to see BMW Motorrad getting gritty. We like that…and maybe we like the bike too.