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Singapore gets BMW’s first sub-400cc motorcycle, the G 310 R, which aims for affordability and fun

Singapore 
Sunday, September 17, 2017, saw the launch of BMW’s first small capacity motorcycle for the modern era, the G 310 R.

At the end of 2015, CarBuyer was the first to report on the G 310 R’s imminent arrival in Singapore and now the bike has been launched here officially with a price tag of $14,800 machine. Launch day saw a special price of $13,500. With September’s first round of COE bidding ending at $5,402 for motorcycles, that’s a price of $18,902 with COE.

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That puts the BMW squarely in the middle of its key Class 2A-license rivals. The new KTM Duke 390 was also recently launched here, at $11,800 machine price, while the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 – which we reviewed earlier this year -goes for $28,500 machine.

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If you’re wondering who the bevvy of beautiful ladies in the photos, visitors to the launch event not only enjoyed a discount on the bike, but also had the chance to mingle with the Miss Universe Singapore finalists at a meet-n-greet session – BMW is the official car of the pageant.

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The European sub-400cc segment has been booming in recent years. Bikes like these are cheaper to buy, own and run, and not only meet the requirements of younger riders in developed countries, but also developing markets like India and Southeast Asia.

Like the KTM, the G 310 R is produced in India (with partner TVS, KTM is partnered with Bajaj) although all the design and development has been handled by Munich.

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Three colours are available: Cosmic black one, Strato blue metallic (above), Pearl white metallic

A single-cylinder 313cc engine is the heart of the bike. The water-cooler, four-cylinder unit makes a decent 34hp, which should have no problem propelling the lightweight machine forward.

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The engine has a unique design, with its exhaust coming straight out of the back of the engine block which saves weight, makes the catalyser more efficient by maintaining high temperature. The cylinder has also been tilted backwards, and with the exhaust, this has enabled the cast aluminium swingarm to be longer for improved stability.

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In plain English, it should be very easy and unintimidating to ride at high or low speed. A tubular steel frame, rear monoshock, front 41mm upside-down forks and single front 300mm disc with a Bybre radial caliper round out the chassis elements. ABS is standard.

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As expected of a sub-400cc machine, the bike is eminently user-friendly and approachable, being light and low, at just 158kg wet, while the the seat height is 785mm.

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By BMW’s naming system, G designates a single-cylinder engine, 310 the capacity, and R (roadster) reflects the lack of a fairing. The next model in the G series is the mini-adventure styled G 310 GS that will compete against bikes like the Honda CRF 250L and Kawasaki Versys X.

More photos of the lovely contestants and the new BMW G 310 R below: 

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Derryn Wong
Has a keen interest in all things mechanical, technological, animal and mineral. Is particularly fascinated by eco-cars and cars which make no logical sense. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he also enjoys cats.