The Royal Enfield Himalayan remains the top choice for many who are looking for a new ADV. Yes, the bike is starting to show its age compared to some of its rivals, but the sales numbers are still pretty good. Now, with more and more people wanting to travel, the adventure travel market is booming. If one has a bigger budget and he wants something more premium, then he might consider the G 310 GS, BMW Motorrad’s most affordable adventure wagon. Here is a comparison between the two motorcycles.
Royal Enfield Himalaya vs BMW G 310 GS: The exterior
In terms of appearance, the Himalaya has not changed since it first landed in the Indian market. Everyone knows what the Himalayas look like and they are instantly recognizable on Indian roads. Royal Enfield follows a strategy of function over form, so the motorcycle looks a bit utilitarian. It even has an exoskeleton that protects the body in the event of a fall, and can have oil drums mounted on it when traveling.
The BMW G 310 GS looks like a scaled-down version of the older GS model sold in the Indian market. There aren’t many G 310 GS on the road, as it does have some road presence. Taking it a step further is the attractive paint scheme offered by BMW Motorrad.
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Royal Enfield Himalayan vs BMW G 310 GS: Specifications
The engine on the BMW G 310 GS is more modern than the Himalayan. It has a 312 cc liquid cooling unit. It puts out a maximum power of 33.5 bhp and a peak torque output of 28 Nm. It works with a 6-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch.
The 411 cc unit on the Himalaya is an air-oil cooled long-stroke unit. It produces 24 bhp of maximum power and 32 Nm of peak torque. The engine is specifically designed to deliver torque in the low and mid ranges. The duty transmission is a 5-speed unit.
Royal Enfield Himalayan vs BMW G 310 GS: Features
Royal Enfield outfitted the Himalayan with a compass, Tripper Navigation, hazard lights, tailstock, fenders and switchable ABS. The BMW G 310 GS, on the other hand, comes with adjustable brake and clutch levers, LED lighting and coasting technology.
Royal Enfield Himalayan vs BMW G 310 GS: Prices
the himalayas begin in ¥216,000 (ex-showroom) and rises to ¥224,000 (ex-showroom), the price depends on the paint scheme the person chooses. BMW G 310 GS cost ¥315,000 (ex-showroom). If the guy wants to do hardcore off-roading, the Himalaya is the better choice because of its suspension setup, low-end grunt from the engine, and spoked wheels. However, it should be noted that Royal Enfield will launch a new Himalayan 450 next year, which will be a significant improvement over the current Himalayan.
First published date: December 5, 2022 at 15:25 PM CST