The lightweight Adventure class is slowly and steadily becoming a hotly contested segment with manufacturers bringing in more adventure motorcycles into the lightweight category which was once ruled by the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Now, in the Adventure Category, we have the BS6 Royal Enfield Himalayan, the BMW G 310 GS, the KTM 390 Adventure and the latest KTM 250 Adventure. For this technical specification comparison, we have chosen the KTM 250 Adventure and pinned it against the premium BMW G 310 GS.
Powering the KTM 250 Adventure is a BS6 compliant 248.8cc single-cylinder water-cooled four-stroke four-valve motor that produces 30 hp of power and 24 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper assist clutch with electronic fuel injection. The engine also does duty on the naked streetfighter, the KTM 250 Duke and has already proved its mettle as a highway machine. Powering the BMW G 310 GS is a new BS6/Euro5 compliant 313cc, single-cylinder, reverse-inclined, liquid-cooled, four valves, fuel-injected DOHC motor that produces 34 Hp of power and 28 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox with self-reinforcing assist/slipper clutch. The brand claims that it has refined the new engine by optimising the innards making it smoother than before. The KTM 250 Adventure weighs 156 kg dry and the tips the scales at 175 kg road-ready and fully fueled.
Chassis, Suspension & Wheels:
The KTM 250 Adventure features a tubular steel trellis frame that rides on 43mm WP Apex USD front forks with 177mm travel, WP Apex rear monoshock with 170mm wheel travel. On the other hand, the BMW G 310 GS feature a longer travelling 41 mm upside-down front fork with 180 mm of suspension travel and a pre-load adjustable central strut with spring on the rear with 180 mm of suspension travel. The KTM 250 Adventure rides on 19-inch front alloy wheel shod in 100/90 tubeless dual-sport tyre and a 17-inch rear alloy wheel shod in 130/80 tubeless dual-sport tyre on the rear. The BMW G 310 GS rides on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels with dual-sport tubeless tyres.
Dimensions & Brakes:
The KTM 250 Adventure offers a high 200mm of ground clearance and a very commanding 855mm of saddle height while the BMW G 310 GS offers a higher 220mm of ground clearance the motorcycle offers a confident inspiring 835mm of saddle height. The KTM 250 Duke shares its braking components with its elder sibling the 390 Adventure and features a single 320mm front disc with a 4-piston hydraulically operated calliper and a 230mm rear disc brake with 2-piston hydraulic calliper equipped with a switchable dual-channel ABS with supermoto mode but the 250 Adventure does not feature the Bosch Cornering ABS technology that is offered on the 390 Adventure. The BMW G 310 GS come with 300mm single disc with radially bolted callipers on the front and 240 mm hydraulically operated rear disc brakes with Dual-Channel switchable ABS function.
The KTM 250 Adventure has been launched in the Indian market at the price of INR 2,48,256 ex-showroom, Delhi and the BS6 compliant facelift version of the BMW G 310 GS is priced starting INR 2.85 lakh ex-showroom, India.