Compact BMW G 310 R gains tweaked styling and fresh kit for 2021

The BMW G 310 R - the entry-level model in the BMW Motorrad range - is brought up to date for 2021 with styling tweaks, new colours and fresh tech

BMW G 310 R

BMW has given the smallest model in its motorcycle range - the BMW G 310 R - a mid-life facelift for 2021 to coincide with its under the skin tweaks to bring it up to Euro5 compliance.

Following on from the unveiling of the sister G 310 GS last month, the sportier ‘R’ version of the G-line adopts a number of the same new features together with tweaks to the design in its efforts to appeal to a younger, more cost-conscious customer.

The cheapest model in the BMW Motorrad range, the G 310 was launched four years with a dual-pronged target of providing a more reasonable entry point into BMW ownership in both Europe and also India. As a result, it was developed in collaboration with Indian giants TVS Motors, who have since gone on to create its own version named the Apache.

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This is the second launch for the 2021 G 310 R after the Indian-spec model was revealed last month, with this instead being touted as the model we will see in Europe.

For 2021 the changes are relatively minor and largely motivated by the need to bring the G 310 up to Euro5 compliance, even if the 313cc engine is otherwise largely unchanged in terms of power and torque figures. Nonetheless, there is a new electronic throttle to improve responsiveness.

On the outset, the BMW G 310 R tapers the lines to appear more dynamic, plus LED lighting all round, before  being finished off with a revised option of three colours; Cosmic Black, Polar White and Sport, the latter of which adds red flames, wheels and ‘R’ graphics.

Bringing it into line with the G 310 GS, the R also adopts the same self-boosting, anti-hopping clutch, plus adjustable brake and clutch levers for greater ergonomic comfort.