The G 310 R and G 310 GS, introduced in 2018 and built in India by TVS, are important gateway models into the BMW Motorrad fold. The 313cc single’s unique rearward orientation (think: rear cylinder bank of engines with V layouts) also has a “backward” cylinder head layout in which the exhaust port exits at the rear to create a more compact unit. BMW claims it produces 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 21 pound-feet of torque at 7,500 rpm. For 2021, the G 310 R benefits from the addition of a slipper clutch. BMW also equipped it with a new ride-by-wire throttle, or what it terms an “electromotive throttle controller,” which one can only hope is an odd translation and not intentionally obfuscating marketing-speak.
BMW also fit new four-way-adjustable front brake and clutch levers, which is a great move. Not to name names, but it’s befuddling when motorcycles—especially ones that cost three times as much as the G 310 R—don’t have adjustable levers. So we applaud BMW for the useful update that’s great for riders of all experience levels. The G 310 R also comes with full LED lighting.
The press release describes the G 310 R’s revised styling as being “softly reimagined,” which would be a great name for, say, a Hall & Oates cover band, but doesn’t do justice to the streamlined looks cooked up BMW’s design team, but that’s neither here nor there.
Alexander Buckan, head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design, says, “From the beginning, it was a main goal of ours to increase the value of the overall design by reducing the black grained plastic and increasing the painted surfaces.” In general, the design is more fully realized with a stronger resemblance to the just-announced BMW S 1000 R hyper naked. In other words, the restyle isn’t a major departure, but more of an edit. So, maybe “softly reimagined” is an accurate description after all.
At the moment there’s no word on pricing or availability, but for reference, the 2020 model starts at $4,945.