BMW reveals G 310 R price buster

2016 BMW G 310 R

The BMW G 310 R arrives in Australia in October/November at a highly competitive price to ignite the 300cc learner range.

It will cost just $5790 plus on-road costs which is comparable to the Honda CBR300R ($5749), Benelli BN302 ($5590), Kawasaki Z300 ($5999), KTM 390 Duke ($6095), Royal Enfield Classic 350 ($6490 ride away) and Yamaha MT-03 ($6099).


Like all BMW Motorrad models and most of the 300cc learner-approved motorcycles in Australia, the G 310 R comes equipped with ABS as standard.

It will be available in Cosmic Black, Strato Blue Metallic or Pearl White Metallic.

BMW Motorrad Australia boss Andreas Lundgren says the Indian-made G310 learner motorcycle is “an exciting development for BMW Motorrad” that will “open up the brand to a whole new audience”.

The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC 313cc bike is the product of a collaboration with Indian manufacturer TVS Motor Company, but will be available worldwide.

Production has begun at the Hosur plant of TVS Motor Company near Bengaluru in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

BMW G 310 R being built in India at the TVS plant
While BMW has 650cc models suitable for learners in Australia and New Zealand, the G 310 R is their first novice bike for Europe and will compete in the burgeoning sub-500cc market dominated by the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

The bike has 25kW of power at 9500 revs and maximum torque of 28Nm at 7500rpm which is similar to other bikes of this capacity. However, at 158.5kg, it’s lighter than most.

The light weight, together with the 785mm seat height should make it suitable for a wide range of rider sizes.BMW G 310 R

It has a six-speed gearbox and the official press release says ”it is just as happy winding its way nimbly and flexibly through the narrow streets of a city as it is travelling supremely and powerfully along country roads”.

Styling is similar to the S 1000 R with modern, angular features, striking gold upside-down gold forks and five-spoke black wheels.

It will come with ABS as standard and quite large brake discs (300mm and 240mm) for a lightweight bike.

The G 310 R also features reasonable rubber for a small bike (110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17).

Despite releasing 101 photos, none shows a close-up of the instrumentation, although it looks like a single pod with a multifunctional screen. 

BMW says the large liquid crystal display includes engine speed, road speed, gear, total kilometres, engine temperature, fuel tank level, remaining range, average fuel consumption, average speed and time.

Optional accessories include a low seat, comfort seat, 29 and 30-litre top boxes, centre stand, LED turn indicators, 12-volt socket and heated grips.

Although the bike is made in Bangalore, India, BMW says staff were specially selected and trained by TVS for production and assembly. Extra training was supplied by workers from the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau.

“All in all, production of the new BMW G 310 R is subject to the same quality criteria that apply to production at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin-Spandau,” BMW says.

There is also talk of a scrambler version coming later this year.2016 BMW G 310 R



  1. Finally, an update on this mystery. I get a weekly online bulletin from Das Motorrad, Germany’s top bike mag, and the latest issue reveals that the bike finally got released on the European market, only to cop its first recall after a mere 250 deliveries. According to the official notification, problems had arisen with both the bars and the front brake caliper working loose, respectively because of substandard mounting bolts and an unspecified assembly error.

    Despite being right at the centre of things, Das Motorrad has yet to hear anything official about the reasons behind the previous 4-month slippage, but it reports rumours of a problem somewhere in the supply chain resulting in “massive engine damage”.

    Doesn’t sound good. My Triumph dealer told me recently that the much-publicised baby Trumpet eventually turned into vapourware because they couldn’t get the quality standards they wanted out of the Indian assembly plant, and I can’t help worrying whether history is about to repeat itself.

    Incidentally, I read elsewhere that the Australian release has now officially slipped back once again, this time to July. With some regrets, I think it may be time to start looking for runout deals on the old model 390 Katie…

  2. Interesting that you’ve had no response to this from BMW Australia in nearly a month. Someone there must know the correct information, so why not be transparent about it? After all, anything less only encourages the rumour mill.

    Second nasty surprise: I checked the other day on an OTR price for Tassie, and was quoted a figure of a cent or two under $8k, locked in! In other words, a markup of $2200, or just short of 40%, on the “price-breaking” list price.

    Compare this with the Yammy MT-03, practically identical list price, normal OTR in Hobart $6800, but currently down to $6300 – puts BMW pricing in the Jetstar, maybe even the Ryanair class! Most people reasonably expect a BM to cost a bit more, so why try to sweep it under the carpet like this?

    Taken together, really bad marketing. From all I’ve read the G310 sounds like a fantastic little bike, I’m pretty confident it meets my requirements better than any of the competition, but it now looks as if I’m going to miss out on a whole summer’s riding before I even get the chance to sit on one and find out. Add in a dose of possibly unwarranted but nonetheless unallayed doubts over quality issues, and how would you expect the average customer to react?

  3. two weeks after this announcement it was reported in India that production is delayed – with release in February, possibly March. The story blames component delays.

    In Australia BMW told me that the delay was because they needed to replace the factory floor. A Dealer told me it was to modify the product.

    Just for once I’d like to hear honesty. Stupid aren’t I?

    I waited for this motorcycle – only to give up today. Back to Honda no doubt.

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