Spec Comparo: BMW G 310 R vs Yamaha YZF-R3 vs KTM 390 Duke vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Honda CBR 250R and Mahindra Mojo

Team OD  /
17 Nov 2015 11:15:46 IST

BMW's G 310 R is going to compete with some really impressive motorcycles! The KTM 390 Duke is a superhit in the country and offers the best bang for the buck in the segment. The Yamaha YZF-R3 is a twin cylinder motorcycle with good performance and excellent build quality. It carries Yamaha's R-series legacy and in many ways is the ideal step up from the YZF-R15. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is the only other twin cylinder motorcycle in the segment and has established itself as a motorcycle that one can tour on. The Honda CBR 250R is the oldest motorcycle here. It gets a single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that's simply outclassed in this party. The Honda CBR 250 R also has had a few niggling quality issues and its surprising that the KTM is a cheaper yet better finished motorcycle than the Honda. The BMW G 310 R should be a well finished product as its a BMW and in the quality department it will have to match or surpass the benchmark setting- the YZF-R3.

BMW G 310 R (K03)BMW G 310 R

BMW has used a trellis frame to construct the G 310 R. A trellis frame offers excellent rigidity and can be made using cheaper metal like steel. The KTM 390 Duke gets a trellis frame too and that's no surprise since it's a design that the Austrian companyswears by. Besides these two, the Honda CBR 250R also gets a steel trellis frame. Interestingly, the Yamaha YZF-R3 uses a half trellis frame while the Ninja is the only motorcycle without a trellis frame. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 gets a tubular diamond frame that offers decent feedback. It however, is the heaviest motorcycle in this comparo while the KTM weighs the least. The BMW G 310 R is 4.5kg heavier than the Duke and that makes it the second most lightest motorcycle in the segment.

Yamaha YZF R3 (21)Yamaha YZF R3

The BMW gets a 34.4 PS engine which results in a power to weight ratio of 217 PS/tonne which is about 83PS/tonne lower than the KTM 390 Duke which also makes the most power at 43.5PS. The Yamaha has the next best power to weight ratio with 248.5PS/tonne while the Ninja is third. The Honda CBR 250R's power to weight does not even cross the 200 mark with a dismal 162.6PS/ tonne power to weight figure. All motorcycles get a 6-speed transmission.

2016 BMW G 130 R (10)

The BMW G 310 R gets 41mm USD forks and is the only bike with USD forks besides the Mahindra Mojo and KTM 390 Duke. The Duke's unit, however, is 2mm thicker than those on the BMW. The rest get a conventional front suspension setup. The rear monoshock is preload adjustable on all motorcycles.

The KTM and BMW also get the largest front brake rotors at 300mm along with two-channel ABS as standard. This is indeed commendable and we feel that Yamaha and Kawasaki should have offered ABS, at least as an option. Yamaha is working on an ABS equipped YZF-R3 for India and we hope that day arrives soon. The Honda CBR 250R does offer ABS as an option but that pushes the price way above the KTM 390 Duke's and hence is not a feasible option.

KTM 390 Duke in GoaKTM 390 Duke

All motorcycles get a 110/70 R17 tyres at the front. At the rear, the KTM and BMW get the widest tyres at 150/60 R17. The rest get 140/70 R17s. What's interesting, however, is the type and quality of rubber that each manufacturer has chosen. At the head of the field is the KTM 390 Duke that get the sticky Metzelers as standard. The tyres offer immense confidence, both on the road as well as the track, and the confidence in the wet is another highlight. The Honda CBR 250 R gets Continental tyres that get the job done, just about. The Kawasakiand Yamaha, sadly, get tyres that don't allow the rider to fully exploit the potential of the motorcycles. We've ridden the two motorcycles on the track and always felt that the tyres are holding back the chassis. The MRFs on the Yamaha are decent on road and a lot like the IRC rubber on the Ninja.

Yamaha R3 vs RC390 vs Ninja 300 (17)Kawasaki Ninja 300

Going by the press shots and release, the BMW G 310 R get Michelin Pilot Street tyres as standard. There is no word on what tyre will be offered in India though. If BMW fits the G 310 R with Michelins it would be great. It could alternatively work with TVS tyres to develop a new tyre for India that would offer performance and durability. It's a known fact the KTM too offers Metzelers in India and softer Pirelli rubber in Europe. However, the Metzelers are very capable and offer excellent grip so it'll be interesting to see what rubber the BMW chooses for India.

2013 Honda CBR250RHonda CBR250R

The entry level market in India is witnessing a lot of action and manufacturers seem to have finally realised that the Indian motorcyclist does exist. Proof? Count the number of KTMs that populate our streets. BMW seems like it's trying to reach a middle ground in the segment. It would want to position G 310 R slightly above the KTM but not dangerously close to the twin cylinder motorcycles. At one end of the spectrum you have the KTM 390 Duke, a fast, entertaining motorcycle that doesn't need you to necessarily break the bank. The Yamaha YZF-R3 is priced a little lower than the Ninja 300 and that makes it the choice if twin cylinder motorcycles are your thing. It is a brilliant product and user friendly too. It's ergonomics are suited for highway as well as daily commutes and a track day can be another enjoyable experience too. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a capable all rounder too but the Yamaha is a better deal here. The Honda CBR 250R, given its age and equipment is simply obliterated by the competition and we're just talking specs here. Globally, Honda sells the CBR 300R but Honda India has just launched a re-stickered CBR 250R. It's about time that Honda takes the market seriously. The BMW G 310 R when launched will have BMW's quality and brand value as one of its strong points. It may not develop the most power but the company is aiming the motorcycle at a wider audience that need a fast yet comfortable motorcycle and at least on paper, the BMW seems to fit the requirements. The pricing will be a critical factor and we'd say a Rs 2.15 to 2.25 lakh price should be justifiable. For now, we count the days to the launch.

Spec Comparo: BMW G 310 R, Yamaha YZF-R3, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Mahindra Mojo Honda CBR 250R, KTM 390 Duke


  
BMW G 310 R
Engine Displacement 313
No. of cylinders 1
Power (PS) 34.4
Torque (Nm) 28
Valvetrain DOHC
Transmission 6-speed
Wheelbase (mm) 1374
Ground clearance NA
Fuel Tank (Litres) 11
Weight (kg) 158.5
Power to weight ratio (PS/tonne) 217
UNDERPINNINGS
Frame Type Tubular
Suspension Front 41mm USD
Suspension Rear Monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 300mm/240mm
Tyre size (F) 110/70 R17
Tyre size (R) 150/60 R17
Tyres Michelins Pilot Street Radials
PERFORMANCE
0-60kmph (seconds) _
Top Speed (kmph) 145
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl) 30.3
SAFETY
ABS Yes
Price (ex-Delhi) Rs 2.25 lakh estimated
  
KTM 390 Duke
Engine Displacement 373
No. of cylinders 1
Power (PS) 43.5
Torque (Nm) 35
Valvetrain DOHC
Transmission 6-speed
Wheelbase (mm) 1367
Ground clearance 170
Fuel Tank (Litres) 11
Weight (kg) 154
Power to weight ratio (PS/tonne) 300
UNDERPINNINGS
Frame Type Trellis
Suspension Front 43mm USD
Suspension Rear Monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 300mm/230mm
Tyre size (F) 110/70 R17
Tyre size (R) 150/60 R17
Tyres Metzeler
PERFORMANCE
0-60kmph (seconds) 2.7
Top Speed (kmph) 168.5
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl) 28
SAFETY
ABS Yes
Price (ex-Delhi) Rs 1.9 lakh
  
Yamaha YZF R3
Engine Displacement 321
No. of cylinders 2
Power (PS) 42
Torque (Nm) 29.6
Valvetrain DOHC
Transmission 6-speed
Wheelbase (mm) 1380
Ground clearance 160
Fuel Tank (Litres) 14
Weight (kg) 169
Power to weight ratio (PS/tonne) 248.5
UNDERPINNINGS
Frame Type Diamond
Suspension Front 41mm telescopic
Suspension Rear Monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 298mm/220mm
Tyre size (F) 110/70 R17
Tyre size (R) 140/70 R17
Tyres MRF
PERFORMANCE
0-60kmph (seconds) 2.59
Top Speed (kmph) 173.9
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl) 23.8
SAFETY
ABS No
Price (ex-Delhi) Rs 3.25 lakh
  
Honda CBR 250R ABS
Engine Displacement 250
No. of cylinders 1
Power (PS) 26.51
Torque (Nm) 22.9
Valvetrain DOHC
Transmission 6-speed
Wheelbase (mm) 1367
Ground clearance 145
Fuel Tank (Litres) 13
Weight (kg) 163
Power to weight ratio (PS/tonne) 162.6
UNDERPINNINGS
Frame Type Twin spar
Suspension Front 37mm telescopic
Suspension Rear Monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 296mm/220mm
Tyre size (F) 110/70 R17
Tyre size (R) 140/70 R17
Tyres Continental
PERFORMANCE
0-60kmph (seconds) 3.76
Top Speed (kmph) 146.82
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl) 29.3
SAFETY
ABS Yes
Price (ex-Delhi) Rs 1.88 lakh
  
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Engine Displacement 296
No. of cylinders 2
Power (PS) 39
Torque (Nm) 27
Valvetrain DOHC
Transmission 6-speed
Wheelbase (mm) 1403
Ground clearance 140
Fuel Tank (Litres) 17
Weight (kg) 172
Power to weight ratio (PS/tonne) 226.7
UNDERPINNINGS
Frame Type Diamond
Suspension Front 37mm telescopic
Suspension Rear Monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 290mm/220mm
Tyre size (F) 110/70 R17
Tyre size (R) 140/70 R17
Tyres IRC
PERFORMANCE
0-60kmph (seconds) 3.1
Top Speed (kmph) 162
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl) 25.62
SAFETY
ABS No
Price (ex-Delhi) Rs 3.6 lakh
  
Mahindra Mojo
Engine Displacement 295cc
No. of cylinders 1
Power (PS) 27.2
Torque (Nm) 30Nm
Valvetrain DOHC
Transmission 6-speed
Wheelbase (mm) 1465
Ground clearance 173.5
Fuel Tank (Litres) 21
Weight (kg) 165
Power to weight ratio (PS/tonne) 164.4
UNDERPINNINGS
Frame Type Twin tube exposed
Suspension Front USD
Suspension Rear Monoshock
Brakes (F/R) 320mm/240mm
Tyre size (F) 110/70 R17
Tyre size (R) 150/60 R17
Tyres Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
PERFORMANCE
0-60kmph (seconds) 4.16
Top Speed (kmph) 147
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl) 33
SAFETY
ABS No
Price (ex-Delhi) Rs 1.58 lakh
  

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KTM 390 Duke 2013
Price (Delhi)
  • -NA- On Road
  • -NA- Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • 373cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 25.00 Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Manual
Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013
Price (Delhi)
  • -NA- On Road
  • -NA- Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • 296cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 28.06 Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Manual
Yamaha YZF-R3 2015
Price (Delhi)
  • -NA- On Road
  • -NA- Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • 321cc Displacement
Mileage
  • -NA-
Transmission
  • Manual
Mahindra Mojo 2015
Price (Delhi)
  • -NA- On Road
  • -NA- Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • 295cc Displacement
Mileage
  • -NA-
Transmission
  • Manual
BMW G 310 R 2016
Price (Delhi)
  • -NA- On Road
  • -NA- Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • 313cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 30.30 Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Manual
Honda CBR250R 2016
Price (Delhi)
  • -NA- On Road
  • -NA- Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • 250cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 29.3 Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Manual

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