Which European ADV is the one to go for?
KTM recently launched the 250 Adventure In India, the smallest bike from the Austrian manufacturer to carry the Adventure tag. BMW too launched the updated G 310 GS, the smallest ADV from the GS moniker. We find out how these two European ADVs stack up against each other through this image comparo:
Both the bikes take cues from the bigger bikes in the lineup. The KTM is very close to the 390 Adventure, with only minor changes differentiating the two. The GS on the other hand, stands out from the rest of the GS bikes, however, uses the iconic elements like the beak and the tank extensions.
The 250 Adventure and the G 310 R, both share their engine with their streetfighter siblings, the 250 Duke and the G 310 R respectively. The 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine on the KTM churns 30PS at 9,000rpm and 24Nm at 7,500rpm. The GS’ 313cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor produces 34PS at 9,500rpm and 28Nm at 7,500rpm. The Beemer also enjoys the advantage of a slipper clutch, something that the KTM doesn’t get.
One of the key aspects to look out for, when buying an ADV is the fuel tank capacity. The KTM gets a decent fuel tank capacity of 14.5 litres, however, the G 310 GS gets a smaller 11 litre tank. The KTM also managed to give 38.12kmpl in the city and 35.63kmpl on the highway, while the Beemer managed 29.26kmpl and 32.86kmpl in the city and on the highway respectively.
The 250 Adventure gets the same halogen headlamp unit with LED DRL seen on the 2019 250 Duke. The G 310 GS, meanwhile, has dropped the old halogen unit and now comes with a LED headlight, complete with LED DRL.
The KTM features a split LED tail light, inspired by the 790 Adventure. The G 310 GS, on the other hand, features a single unit LED tail light mounted on the number plate holder.
The 250 Adventure features a new LCD instrument console, which is informative and easier to read. However, it lacks bluetooth connectivity which we have seen on the 390 Adventure. While the BMW received its fair share of update this year, the German manufacturer decided to stick with the dated, puny LCD instrument cluster.
The KTM features 43mm WP Apex USD fork at the front, offering 177mm travel and a WP monoshock offering 170mm travel. The baby Beemer gets premium-looking gold-painted USD forks, and a monoshock, offering 180mm travel at both ends.
The 310mm/230mm brake setup from the 250 Duke has been carried over to the 250 Adventure. The BMW G 310 GS gets a 300mm/240mm brake setup. Like every ADV should, the 250 Adventure has an option to switch off the ABS at the rear wheel, something that the BMW doesn’t offer.
The 390 Adventure gets span adjustable front brake lever, which the 250 Adventure doesn’t, in a bid to save some costs. The G 310 GS, has span adjustable brake and clutch lever for better control.