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Is the baby BMW RR good enough?

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The BMW G 310 RR purred beneath me, as I rushed toward the western suburbs, intermittent drizzle for company and a steady stream of early commuters hoping to beat the rush hour. The highway is very busy, even this early in the morning. Trucks, SUVs, sedans and cargo trucks added to the traffic, some departing from industrial satellite townships to what I presume are remote towns in several states. I’m a little late, and a traffic hole offers the opportunity to stretch the legs of the 310 RR a little. It sounds like a little over 100, but a quick glance at the speedometer showed 142 km/h, with a little more left throttle, before backing off the gas to more acceptable speeds.

The BMW G 310 RR has the exact specifications of the TVS Apache RR 310. The 312 cc single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled engine develops 33.5 hp at 9,700 rpm and 27.3 Nm at 7,700 rpm /min. The claimed top speed is 160 km/h, and it can easily reach 150 km/h.

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The BMW G 310 RR is all too familiar. After all, it is the exact same motorcycle built by TVS Motor Company at its manufacturing plant in Hosur, South India, under the technical collaboration with BMW Motorrad. This common platform has already had three products, the BMW G 310 R, the BMW G 310 GS and TVS’ own Apache RR 310, which has now been launched worldwide in BMW form, as BMW G 310 RR. The differences are minor, but the G 310 RR is a premium statement, priced slightly higher than the TVS. We spent some time with the new G 310 RR to see what it offers, and if it’s good enough to be considered an entry-level sportbike.

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The BMW G 310 RR is the exact same motorcycle as the TVS Apache RR 310. The BMW Motorsport colors and graphics of the top-of-the-line Style Sport edition give it a premium appeal, along with the BMW badge.

Design features

The BMW G 310 RR is essentially the same bike as the TVS Apache RR 310. Based on the common platform manufactured by TVS Motor Company, the new G 310 RR comes as no surprise to the design department. The motorsport white color scheme and racy graphics of the top-of-the-line Style Sport edition give the G 310 RR a high-end and ambitious look, although under the skin it shares almost everything with the TVS Apache RR 310 ; well almost.

The BMW’s color screen is the same, except for the BMW welcome animation and the fact that it lacks Bluetooth connectivity.

The 5.5-inch TFT instrument console is the same as the TVS, but the welcome message is BMW, and it lacks the Bluetooth connectivity and racing telemetry that the TVS offers. The switches on the handlebars and the control cubes for the different functions are exactly the same. Like the TVS, the BMW G 310 RR has the same four riding modes, Track, Urban, Sport and Rain, with each mode offering different throttle response and ABS sensitivity. In Rain and Urban modes, maximum power is limited to 25.4 hp at 7,700 rpm and maximum torque is reduced to 25 Nm at 6,700 rpm. Even the top speed is limited to 125 km/h.

The BMW G 310 RR gets the same 17-inch cast alloy wheels as the TVS Apache RR 310. The wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Street tires compared to the stickier Michelin Road 5 tires on the Apache. The TVS also gets petal-style disc brakes, which are said to provide better heat dissipation, compared to the BMW’s regular brake discs. The G 310 RR also does not benefit from additional options such as the fully adjustable suspension offered by the TVS.

The 17-inch cast alloy wheels are also identical, but the brakes are different, as well as the tires. The BMW gets regular discs, shared with its other 310 siblings, over the petal-type discs of the TVS, and the tires are Michelin Pilot Street, unlike the stickier Michelin Road 5 units on the TVS. The 41mm KYB inverted fork is the same, as is the monoshock, but the BMW also lacks factory custom options that offer fully adjustable suspension, such as the TVS Built-to-Order package on the Apache RR 310.

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The BMW G 310 RR gets the same 312cc, single-cylinder, four-valve, reverse-slant engine that develops 33.5bhp at 9,700rpm and 27.3Nm at 7,700rpm. Like the TVS, it has four riding modes, with reduced power, peak torque and top speed in Rain and Urban modes.

Engine Performance

The BMW G 310 RR has familiar performance; after all, it has the same chassis and engine specs as its TVS counterpart. Acceleration is linear, with a strong midrange, and enough to keep things entertaining, without becoming overwhelming. There are some minor vibrations to be felt around 5000 rpm, but they subside once you hit the powerband and keep the engine revving above 5500-6000 rpm. Overall, the G 310 RR offers a relaxed, laid-back and refined experience, something best experienced on the road.

The G 310 RR offers linear acceleration with a powerful midrange. Performance is decent, with more than enough grunt for everyday use, but won’t intimidate new riders. Overall, the engine remains a bit gruff at low revs, but mellows out under hard acceleration and above 6,000 rpm.

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But even for everyday tasks, the G 310 RR delivers a compact package, with enough grunt to keep things interesting, while negotiating traffic, or a dash through town. On the highway, it can sit comfortably at triple-digit speeds, with enough grunt and acceleration just a couple of downshifts to cover long distances effortlessly.

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The BMW G 310 RR offers comfortable ride quality and simple yet sporty ergonomics. The overall dynamics are pretty sorted with a level of agility that will provide confidence to new riders and help improve the riding skills of more experienced riders.

Driving and dynamics

The ride quality is comfortable enough to easily tackle all sorts of road imperfections that Indian roads can offer. Even for intra-urban dashes, the BMW G 310 RR has great dynamics, handy for dealing with rush-hour traffic, or the occasional spots and potholes that certain roads can create. In fact, he can take on transport duties very easily, as well as the highway, and feels at home. The riding position is slightly sportier, so long hours in the saddle can get a little uncomfortable, but nothing excruciating or unbearable that a short break can’t fix.

The G 310 RR offers very good dynamics and agility, with qualities that can be doubled for great handling on the road, and offers a very good platform for progressing on the circuit.

And show it a winding road, the G 310 RR is impressive in every way. Handling is predictable, cornering is neutral, and there’s no shortage of front-end feel, which can get alarming. so many good qualities that will certainly be appreciated by the beginner sport rider. Even in the wet, the handling is predictable, without drama, and there’s enough stopping power from the brakes to lose speed quickly if needed.

A combination of decent performance, great dynamics, superb fit and finish and comfortable ergonomics that make for a versatile package. For someone looking for a complete sportbike as an entry point into the BMW Motorrad family, or for existing customers looking for a compact everyday motorcycle, the G 310 RR makes sense.

Verdict

For riders looking for a sporty entry-level motorcycle, the BMW G 310 RR offers the best of everything; good dynamics, decent performance and a level of nimbleness and fun that make it a versatile package, for everyday use, touring and even occasional track outings, if the mood strikes. It is a striking and attractive package, especially in the top-of-the-range Style Sport edition with BMW Motorsport colours.

The top-of-the-line BMW G 310 RR Style Sport Edition with BMW Motorsport colors and graphics is priced at Rs. 2.99 lakh (Ex-showroom). The standard black variant is priced at Rs. 2.85 lakh (Ex-showroom).

Even for the standard variant, in black, the Rs. 2.85 lakh (Ex-showroom) price is at least Rs. 20,000 more than the TVS Apache RR 310 on which it is based. Priced at Rs. 2.99 lakh (Ex-showroom), the top-of-the-line Style Sport Edition gets even more expensive, but in BMW Motorsport colors, the G 310 RR wears the baby RR look very effectively and convincingly, with a level of performance and dynamics that is quite impressive.

The BMW G 310 RR lacks the Bluetooth connectivity, Michelin Road 5 tires and optional adjustable suspension, which the TVS Apache RR 310 offers. For the extra cost you enter the BMW Motorrad brand, but the G 310 RR will also be positioned as a global product.

In India, however, comparisons will be made to the TVS Apache RR 310, but there will be takers, just for those striking colors, graphics and premium BMW badge. There will also likely be existing BMW Motorrad customers looking for a smaller, more manageable everyday package where the G 310 RR comes into play.

For anyone looking for an entry-level sports bike, especially an entry-level BMW Motorrad sports bike, the G 310 RR offers the near perfect platform. It’s the same bike as the TVS Apache RR 310, but it manages to hold its own with its premium colors and graphics, especially in the high-end Style Sport edition.

You could still say it’s relatively expensive and lacks Bluetooth connectivity, better tires and optional adjustable suspension. But the G 310 RR will also target overseas markets around the world, where it will make a bold statement, like BMW Motorrad’s entry-level India-made RR.

(Photography: Apoorv Choudhary & Himad Ahmed)