There was an interesting article in the NY Times today about the effects of Narendra Modi's imposed cash shortage in India, and how it has affected the workers there. This sentence, about India's largest motorcycle manufacturer, caught my eye:
"As is common in India, the workers said that although they had worked on Hero MotoCorp’s shop floor, wearing company uniforms, they had been formally employed by other contractors, meaning they could be let go more easily without benefits."
This got me to thinking that it may be the smart move to buy from the first batch of G310GSs that roll off TVS's "BMW-only" assembly line. Sooner or later, all of those "BMW-trained" workers at TVS could be replaced by contractors with no specialized knowledge or skills. And quality will likely suffer.
I know that buying the first year of any vehicle is normally considered risky. But since BMW has designed all of the major components on the bike, including the engine, and is overseeing the manufacturing, any issues that crop up initially are more likely to be with the design, and not the assembly. Later on, when you'd hope they have the design issues worked out, and all of BMW's overseers are back home in Spandau, sloppy assembly seems a likelier risk.
I bought the first year F800GS, and yes, there were a few minor recalls. But all of them were handled by my dealer in the course of normal service intervals. I never had to make a special trip to get anything fixed, and I never had a ride interrupted.