BMW’s first real foray into the learner bike market hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, but already there’s a confirmation of sorts that the German manufacturers’ tie up with Indian firm TVS will see a GS adventure bike using the same engine and platform as soon as next year. This is great news as it’s been a category of bike sorely lacking in the market. Sure, a dualsport is probably a better option for a small capacity adventure bike, but the more choice the better.
The news comes courtesy of BMW Motorrad UK’s director, Phil Horton who in an interview with magazine Motorcycle Sport & Leisure stated that an expanded range of bikes based on the upcoming GS310R was on the way:
New models aside, the line-up isn’t as comprehensive as it needs to be. But there are plenty more bikes to come, including, hopefully in 2017, a G310R GS-style derivative. That’s quite an interesting proposition in itself.
The GS brand of adventure bikes are hugely popular and the range topping 1200 series remains BMW’s best selling model year after year. Given how popular adventure bikes now are, it seems a no brainer that an entry level one be made. We’ve continually heard rumours that KTM would release an adventure model based on the RC390/Duke 390 but that still hasn’t surfaced. If BMW beats KTM and the rest of the industry to the punch, they’ll probably end up kicking themselves.
Like how Kawasaki’s little Ninja 250 (and subsequent 300) dominated the market for so long, if BMW develops and sells a small capacity adventure bike it’s bound to be a huge success. Phil Horton stated that the bike would be ready as next year although given the time frame it has taken for the G310R to come to market, that might be ambitious. Fingers crossed, though.