BMW G 310 R vs TVS Apache RR 310 vs BMW G 310 GS: Family Feud
Okay, maybe not direct family feud but rather a joint family one
Much to the delight of Indian enthusiasts, BMW Motorrad India has launched the BS6 G 310 R and G 310 GS with both bikes more than half a lakh of rupees cheaper than before. The naked is now on par with its Indian cousin -- the TVS Apache RR 310 -- and the adventure bike costs just Rs 40,000 more. Hence, which one makes the most sense now?
Technology & Features
Now, each one of these three motorcycles offers LED lighting all around. The Apache, though, runs with dual LED projector lights. The headlight unit on the G 310s is sleeker and can be used in the day with only the DRLs active. The turn indicators look a lot more premium on the Beemers and we do kind of like its arrow shape.
Premium quality switchgear is found on all bikes but we have got to hand this area to the RR 310 as it gets a lovely control cube that operates the colour-TFT dash. The dash and its connected features adds to the wow factor on the RR 310 and that’s why the RR 310 is the pick of the trio in this regard.
Engine & Performance
Near-identical outputs again here as the RR 310 just has a slightly wider powerband that suits its racy intentions. Rest assured, all three motors have great mid-range performance. And as far as the low-speed driveability is concerned, all three bikes also get a low revs crawl feature, called GTT+ on the RR 310, but there’s no such name for the Beemers.
In comparison to the other two, the GS does have a lot more weight on board and hence one should not expect it to be as quick off the bat. Our experience of the BS4 version of these bikes hints at the RR 310 being the livelier of the two motorcycles, but not by a huge margin. Hopefully, the BMW G 310 R should claw back some ground now as its weight remains unchanged after BS6 whereas the RR 310 has gained 3.5kg.
No brainer here that which one of these three motorcycles is going to be the comfiest -- it is obviously the G 310 GS. The bike has the longest suspension travel and a larger 19-inch front wheel, both bits lending extra comfort and stability to the mix. Plus, the riding posture is quite upright, giving you a commanding view of the road.
The RR 310 continues to impress us in the BS6 era by proving that something that is racy can also be comfy. The suspension is set up on the firmer side to attack corners. Still there is quite a good balance to the bike as the units absorb lots of the small, sharp bumps that are found on our roads.
Yes, it does. And it is one of the very main reasons why the BMWs didn’t become a raging success earlier. Had the G 310s dropped in at the current prices in 2018, we would have seen a lot more of the Bavarian bikes on our roads than what you do now. Still, better late than never, eh BMW? The G 310 GS has its intention sorted out and now poses a good threat to the KTM 390 Adventure. Sure, both motorcycles are nowhere close to being the adventure bikes that we had hoped for but each one of them has strong areas that make them quite desirable.
Since both the G 310 R and the TVS Apache RR 310 are priced at Rs 2.45 lakh each, it is quite obvious that the RR 310 is the better value for money product. However, Beemers have never been more affordable as they are now and perhaps, will never be in the future too. The updates that the bike has received sure does make it a better package than the BS4 bike and if our initial impressions are to go by, the bike surely has become more likeable than before. Would we recommend you going for the BMW G 310 R over the RR 310? Maybe. For a definitive answer, we got to wait for sometime to get our hands on the new Beemers.