Spec comparo: KTM 390 Duke v BMW G 310 R

Social media has been awash with the launch of the BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS, with good reason. BMW Motorrad’s products are the object of lust for many a motorcyclist and to finally get them in an affordable (well, relatively), manageable package makes them pretty darn irresistible. The fact that these motorcycles are engineered and built in India makes them just so much more appealing. But no motorcycle exists in isolation, and while the BMW G 310 GS has no real competition at the moment, the G 310 R certainly does. Stiff one, if I might add, in the form of the KTM 390 Duke. The KTM 390 Duke may have been around for a while, but it still is the go-to motorcycle for enthusiasts on a budget. It gets maddening performance and won’t force you to sell a kidney to afford it. The BMW G 310 R heads straight up against the KTM. We will be riding the BMW later this week and will bring you our first impressions, but for now, let’s take a look at how these motorcycles square off on paper.