royal enfield himalayan vs bmw g310gs


BMW G 310 GS vs Royal Enfield Himalayan- Which Adventure Motorcycle to Pick?

“Quick Comparison of the 2 most cheapest yet best adventure motorcycle in India”

We have created a video on a detailed comparison of the 2 adventure motorcycles that are popular in India. Watch the video to know which bike wins & whether you need to spend double on the BMW G 310 GS or Royal Enfield is actually the best in affordable pricing?

The adventure vibes have struck up almost every rider out there. As the market is expanding we see adventure motorcycle category introducing to a large extent. Back in 2016 Royal Enfield introduced Himalayan but the issue with BS3 halted production & they Re-launched the model with BS4 compliance. Meanwhile, BMW Launched the G 310 GS as an entry-level adventure motorcycle in 2018. These are 2 of the best & cheapest motorcycle you can buy in India.


You can now analyze the various different features and other aspects of these two extremely capable motorcycle what is exactly been identified out in this article. This piece of information explains, in detail, about each and every aspect that differentiates these two machines, do have a look. However, the price does vary apart; the G 310 GS is almost double the price of Himalayan. So here the question is should you pay double for the BMW? You’ll get the answer in this video, watch till the end, and stay tuned.

Engine Power:


Royal Enfield Himalayan gets a 411cc, Single cylinder, 4 strokes, air-cooled, SOHC, fuel injected engine. On the other hand, BMW G 310 GS gets a 311cc Single cylinder four-stroke engine. The BMW’s 310 are more powerful whereas the Himalayan is quite torquey & for off-roading good torque is important. While the motor on the Himalayan is air cooled the engine on the GS is liquid-cooled. Furthermore, the engine on the GS is smartly done as it is a reversed inclined engine, but the Himalayan has a low-end performance with a great mid range. However, both the bikes do give a great vibe. The gearing feels taller on the Royal Enfield so a 5-speed unit does the job similar to the 6-speed unit seen on the GS.


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The Himalayan towers above the other two in terms of dimensions with a 1,465mm wheelbase, 15mm longer than BMW. With the smallest dimensions, the GS still has the highest seat carrying 835mm, 20mm more than the Himalayan. The point of weight difference can matter when chucking the motorcycle along a trail as well as with action designed to achieve efficiency while munching highway miles. The height in a way that is likely to have a strong or far-reaching effect lower on the GS as the other two motorcycles feature larger fly screens.


g310gs styling

BMW looks like a big bike, with a dual-tone signature GS colors, adventure-style front beak, tall, upright riding position. While the Himalayan looks like a purposeful rugged motorcycle build to take rugged & challenging off-road paths with few body panels. GS is loaded with amazing looks as compared to the Himalayan which has a minimal amount of bodywork. The Himalayan & the GS, get LEDs only in the tail-light. No doubt both the models are true attention seekers.


For adventure touring, enduring rides on as well as of the road matter both the Himalayan and the G 310 GS get dual channel ABS, however, ABS isn’t switchable in Himalayan like the G 310 GS so off-roaders may miss the features. Talking about the instrument cluster, GS gets a fully digital unit while instrument cluster seen on the Himalayan is an analog-digital unit, the most advanced one seen on the RE. The switch gear quality is much better on the GS no doubt. With a seat height of 800mm Royal Enfield Himalayan is more accessible and easy to ride; on the other hand, GS gets 835mm seat height, making the motorcycle more composed. The fuel tank for GS is 11 liters while the Himalayan has a bigger 25 liters fuel tank.

 Additional Features:

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Himalayan gets a Telescopic fork at the front while the GS get Upside-down fork both the motorcycle gets a mono-shock at the rear. GS is more suited for road riding while Himalayan is suited for off-Roading. Also, the ground clearance of GS seems to be much better. Both the motorcycle gets a grab rail. For luggage, the large looking BMW has enough space to mount luggage. If you want to carry a pillion along with you, Himalayan is the best.  BMW G 310 GS uses alloy wheels with tubeless tires; meanwhile Himalayan uses spoke wheels with tube tires.

Quick Facts about RE Himalayan

Displacement – 411 cc, Air-Cooled, Fi

Maximum Power – 24.5 BHP @ 6500 rpm

Maximum Torque – 32 NM @ 4250 rpm

Number of Cylinders – 1

Number of Gears – 5

Seat Height – 800 mm

Ground Clearance – 220 mm

Kerb/Wet Weight – 191 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity – 15 liters

Top Speed – 145 kmph

Quick Facts about BMW G310GS

Displacement – 311 cc, Liquid-Cooled, Fi

Maximum Power – 33.6 BHP @ 9500 rpm

Maximum Torque – 28 NM @ 7500 rpm

Number of Gears – 6

Seat Height – 835 mm

Ground Clearance – 220 mm

Kerb/Wet Weight – 169.5 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity – 11 liters

Top Speed – 143 kmph


bmw g310gs

The price of Himalayan for 2019 with abs starts from 1.79 Lakh whereas GS is highly priced starts from Rs 3.49 Lakh. The amount of features BMW offers in the bike doesn’t just justify the high price tag. The Himalaya, on the other hand, may have few features less than the GS but it still stands unbeatable for the Indian market.

Motorcyclists in India have really started recognizing from a particular point to look at motorcycling as a joyous activity, rather than something which carry out their commuting needs. Now, when we all expressing about an upgrade, for some, large capacity motorcycles are overkill for our kind of roads. Then, there’s the cost factor, where almost all casual motorcyclists want a style statement and the thrills a fast machine has to offer too. Nevertheless, anything which catches our eyes whether it’s relating to design or pricing.

Though both the motorcycles are extremely amazing based on the pricing and performance, the information we’ve shared with you is probably sufficient for you to understand which bike is preferable. Tell us in the comment section your views.

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