The long-awaited entry-level BMW sportbike, the BMW G 310 RR has broken cover, just not in America.
BMW has been teasing an entry-level sportbike to rival the likes of KTM’s RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 400 for what feels like an age, and it’s finally come good on that promise by releasing the 2023 G 310 RR and G 310 RR Style Sport in India.
This is the third fruit in the partnership between BMW subsidiary TVS Motors out of India after the G 310 GS ADV machine and the G 310 R naked bike, and cannibalizes the TVS Apache RR 310 very heavily in its construction.
In fact, it’s essentially the same machine as the Apache, just with the red, white and blue paint scheme for the Style Sport variant traditionally used with the high-end BMW Motorrad sports machines like the S 1000 RR and M 1000 RR. The base model G 310 RR will get a Black Storm Metallic paint job.
The G 310 RR’s 312cc single-cylinder four-stroke pumps out a claimed 34 hp and 20 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed gearbox. This puts it a fair way down on the only other single-cylinder sportbike in the category in the KTM RC 390, which pumps out a claimed 43 hp.
This being the case, don’t expect the BMW to go fighting for wins in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup when the machine eventually makes it to America, the date of which has not been confirmed by BMW North America.
As for the chassis, the G 310 RR uses a tubular steel trellis design with unadjustable inverted forks and a shock that mounts directly to the swingarm. In the cockpit, the rider gets a five-inch Bluetooth TFT dash, ride-by-wire throttle, two-channel ABS and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
The G 310 RR is currently only available in India, not even in Europe, and that market will doubtless get the model before we do in North America.