BMW reveals single-cylinder concept ready for its assault on the entry level market
"It's loud, and it attracts attention," say BMW of their new single cylinder stunt concept motorcycle, unveiled today, which is expected to become the German-manufacturer’s first foray into the entry level, small capacity market when it reaches production.
Its design is based on the 160bhp S1000R naked roadster and while the new 'Stunt G 310' is only a concept at the moment, we can say with almost certainty that with its new engine, it could make production as early as next year with spy shots of a similar looking road bike making an apprearance back in January.
A brand new single cylinder engine offers a first entry into the small capacity market for BMW in both this roadster/naked form and then further down the line with a fairing and lower bars to compete against other A2-licence friendly machine including Yamaha R3 and Kawasaki Ninja 300. The 310 of its name points towards the capacity of its engine.
We understand the the Stunt G 310 will be on display at the Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA) at the end of next month although its presence at the NEC for Motorcycle Live remains unconfirmed.
BMW don’t show off concept bikes as a branding excerise, there is always the reality of each becoming production-models. 2013’s Concept 90 became the R Nine T. Last year the Concept Roadster developed into the R1200R both within 12 months of the conceptual debuts. Earlier this year, BMW showed Concept 101, a 6-cylinder, 1649cc bagger which Head of BMW Motorrad Design, Edgar Heinrich, as: "the epitome of elegance, power and luxury on two wheels."
BMW claim the Stunt G 310’s compact proportions and weight plus the relevant low-down torque ideal for stunting. In fact the bike has been developed with the help of four-time stunt riding world and European champion, Chris Pfeiffer, and is fitted with the same handlebars. As you can see from these photos, the bike’s front brake lever is loacted on the left hand-side of the handlebar.
The images also show fairly low-spec components, as the single disc front brake leading us to believe the price point of the production version will be competitive with the KTM 390 Duke, Kawasaki Z300 and the forthcoming Yamaha MT-03.
The colour scheme combines the BMW Motorsport colours - white, red and blue - with a modern interpretation of the colour of Brazil's national flag. Not only was the bike unveiled in Sao Paulo at South America's Largest Motorcycle Show, it's also a nod towards the manufactuting location given the brand has a factory in Manaus, in the northern part of Brazil.
Stay tuned to Bike Social as we bring you all the latest 2016 models in the weeks leading up, during and following the all-important EICMA show from 16th November.