BMW to release a 310cc GS
April 18, 2016 at 11:50 am #12306
The BMW G310R Roadster that the 310cc GS will be based off.
BMW’s first real foray into the learner bike market hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, but already there’s a confirmation of sorts that the German manufacturers’ tie up with Indian firm TVS will see a GS adventure bike using the same engine and platform as soon as next year. This is great news as it’s been a category of bike sorely lacking in the market. Sure, a dualsport is probably a better option for a small capacity adventure bike, but the more choice the better.
The news comes courtesy of BMW Motorrad UK’s director, Phil Horton who in an interview with magazine Motorcycle Sport & Leisure stated that an expanded range of bikes based on the upcoming GS310R was on the way:
New models aside, the line-up isn’t as comprehensive as it needs to be. But there are plenty more bikes to come, including, hopefully in 2017, a G310R GS-style derivative. That’s quite an interesting proposition in itself.
The GS brand of adventure bikes are hugely popular and the range topping 1200 series remains BMW’s best selling model year after year. Given how popular adventure bikes now are, it seems a no brainer that an entry level one be made. We’ve continually heard rumours that KTM would release an adventure model based on the RC390/Duke 390 but that still hasn’t surfaced. If BMW beats KTM and the rest of the industry to the punch, they’ll probably end up kicking themselves.
Like how Kawasaki’s little Ninja 250 (and subsequent 300) dominated the market for so long, if BMW develops and sells a small capacity adventure bike it’s bound to be a huge success. Phil Horton stated that the bike would be ready as next year although given the time frame it has taken for the G310R to come to market, that might be ambitious. Fingers crossed, though.October 4, 2016 at 7:40 am #14257
The long rumoured and awaited BMW 310GS has been spotted in testing.
Small Adventure Bike fans rejoice! It looks like we’re finally beginning to see more choice in the smaller-displacement adventure bike category after a long drought. And after much speculation and a few hints from BMW, the Bavarian manufacturer appears to be ready to jump into the segment. New spy photos released today finally reveal the much anticipated BMW G310GS.
The BMW G310GS will be based on BMW’s G310R naked bike, which utilizes a 313cc single-cylinder fuel-injected 4-stroke producing 34 horsepower and 21 ft-lb of torque. With its 6-speed transmission, it’s capable of a 90 mph top speed and fuel efficiency of 71 mpg on the highway.
We expect the G310GS will receive increased suspension travel and a 19? front wheel to improve its off-road prowess. The photos show some family resemblance to the R1200GS in styling like the front beak and silver side panels, but the G310GS will utilize a conventional telescopic front fork and chain drive. A small touring windscreen can also be seen along with a luggage rack.
Cast wheels are shown in the photos, but we can only hope that more off-road-focused wire-spoked wheels will be available as an option (as they are on the R1200GS). And if the G310GS ends up weighing somewhere in the neighborhood of the G310R’s 349-pound wet weight, it should be maneuverable and easy to manage in the dirt. Its 313cc engine will give it an edge over the 250cc dual sport competition on the highway and if BMW can apply some of their comfort magic, it could be a competent long-distance traveler.
What will it cost? based on the pricing of the G310R and G650GS, we’d expect the G310GS to land somewhere in the $6,000 to $7,000 range. That’s a great price range for new riders entering the market and even experienced riders looking for a more practical adventure bike.
The spy photos show what looks like a fully developed motorcycle ready to be released in 2017 and we can even see two different color schemes. We may not have to wait long to see the official specs of the new BMW G310GS, the announcement could occur this week at Intermot or next month at the EICMA show.
Attachments:November 9, 2016 at 8:05 am #15280
LOOKING every bit the adventure bike only smaller, this is BMW’s new G 310 GS, which has just been revealed at Eicma.
The new baby GS uses the same 313cc reverse-single-cylinder engine as the G 310 R, with intake at the front and exhaust at the back, to make 34hp and 20lbft while complying with latest Euro4 emission limits.
Weight fully fuelled is 169.5kg.
It’s got a tubular steel frame, aluminium swing-arm, upside-down fork and a 19-inch front wheel.
It takes clear styling cues from the bigger machines in the GS range, with a beaky high mudguard.
It’ got a 300mm single front brake disc with a two-piston caliper, and two-channel ABS as standard.
BMW says its ‘nimble and agile in city traffic’ and ‘supremely robust’ over ‘light terrain’, making it the ‘perfect companion for the adventures of everyday riding’.
The firm said: ‘The new G 310 GS provides a relaxed seating position that enables carefree motorcycling pleasure both on the road and during excursions along forest paths and gravel tracks.’
It comes in black, red or white colour schemes.
The new G 310 GS was unveiled this morning at the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, with price to be confirmed.
Attachments:September 12, 2017 at 4:29 pm #19430
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