BMW Motorrad is soon going to launch the G 310R in India. While there are rumours that the bike might get delayed for the Indian market, we now know that the Indian market will also get the same tyre spec as that of Europe. Test units of the bike have earlier been spotted with Michelin tyres. It has now been confirmed that production motorcycles will also be fitted with the same tyres, which have been specially developed for the bike.
This is not the first time that the French tyre maker has collaborated with a manufacturer and co-develop tyres for a new product. Before this, the best example is the Harley Davidson Street 750. Autocar India confirms that the G 310R, which has been developed by BMW Motorrad and is set to be built by TVS at their Hosur facility, will be shod with Michelins right from launch.
However, developing a tyre which work for Indians is no cake walk. The climate and geographic conditions changes the game completely. Here’s what Mr Gary Guthrie, President of Michelin’s two-wheeler tyre division had to say:
“Robustness is a really big issue. The roads here are either very dry or very wet. You need to have tyres that not only work well on a dry road, but one that is also able to evacuate a lot of water, which obviously has an influence on the tread design.”
Apart from BMW Motorrad-TVS and Harley Davidson, Michelin is in talks with several other OEMs to increase their presence in the market. The G 310R is a single cylinder motorcycle challenging the likes of the KTM Duke 390. It is powered by an all-new 313 cc DOHC mill capable of producing 34 bhp of maximum power at 9,500 rpm and 28 nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm.