BMW G 310 R vs KTM 390 Duke: Spares And Maintenance Costs Compared
With the increasing prices of KTMs, should you be seriously considering the baby Beemer?
Ever since its launch in 2013, the KTM 390 Duke has been ruling the segment nearly unchallenged. KTM’s alliance with Bajaj has helped the Austrian brand to offer a value-for-money proposition like no other. The country had similar hopes from the BMW-TVS venture, however, the G 310 twins turned out to be a pricey proposition when launched in 2018.
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However, the tables turned in 2020 when BMW stunned everyone with the launch of the BS6 G 310 R. Not only did the Bavarian brand address the major issues with the baby Beemer, it also slashed the pricing by Rs. 54,000. KTM, on the other hand, had been steadily increasing the price of its offerings, to a point where the Duke is now Rs 25,000 pricier than the G 310 R! We loved the updated Beemer during our road test and like everyone else, we were curious to know if the BMW G 310 R could actually be easier to live with than the KTM 390 Duke.
Spare Part Costs
One of the biggest advantages of buying a KTM has been the cost of its spare parts. Despite being manufactured in India, the BMW doesn’t come close to the KTM. That said, the Beemer certainly sports superior quality parts that are sturdier and are more likely to survive small spills or even wear out slower.
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Service Costs And Intervals
It doesn’t come as a surprise that the service costs of the G 310 R is more than the 390 Duke. The service cost of the BMW includes oil and oil filter change along with air filter, spark plug and chain maintenance. Extra consumables, including washing, will be charged extra by the local dealers.
Where the BMW shines is the longer service intervals. While the KTM requires servicing every 7,500km, the G 310 R demands service only after every 10,000km.
Though the BMW G 310 R still is a pricier bike to maintain than the 390 Duke, we reckon that over the course of the ownership, you’d end up saving more with the better quality parts in addition to the Rs 25,000 you would outright over the KTM 390 Duke.