Adventure motorcycling has been a major earner for BMW Motorrad. The GS family has now earned another member in the form of the G 310GS. Based on the naked roadster, the bike can be a wonderful offering for emerging markets like India.
Maturity and versatility are terms which are perfect for this bike. The high front beak and short, high rear tail are typical characteristics of the GS family. The bike’s short wheelbase, 19-inch front wheel and extended spring travel make for a typical upright posture, promising an agile, nimble riding response.
The engine is the same 313 cc single cylinder churning 34 PS at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. Here too cylinder is tilted to the rear and its cylinder head is rotated by 180 degrees. Thus, the intake is at the front while the outlet is at the rear. Combine this with a weight of 169.5 kg and you have a fun motorcycle to spend your time on. Be it a city or off the beaten track.
The frame of the G 310GS is the same as roadster. The tubular steel spaceframe, along with the bolt on rear section combines torsional rigidity with robustness. The suspension setup includes inverted forks in the front with 49 mm of travel more than the G 310R. However, it is non-adjustable to keep things affordable. The rear consists of the same monoshock with adjustable pre-load settings.
The seat height is on the higher side at 835 mm, but optional seats can either decrease it to 820 mm or 850 mm. Features include standard ABS, LCD instrumentation optional 30 litre topcase and centrestand.