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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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What else do you ride?

Hello all,

I've been following the introduction of the GS and am possibly interested in adding one to my stable. Just wondering how many 310GS owners (or soon to be owners) have other bikes? If so, what else do you ride and how do you compare it to the GS? What made you buy the GS?

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-01-2017, 04:59 PM
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Waiting for the GS within 2 weeks (if not delayed), I'm riding a Ténéré 660 XTZ for 25 years now ! The GS comes as a substitution, not an addition
Main reasons are :
- old and less secure bike
- too heavy
- too thirsty
- not comfortable
- lots of vibrations (big old mono)
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just 2 weeks now i'm riding gs..9 years i'm using cbr 150r (carb)..& before that yamaha rxz (133)

reason : - old bike & upgrading
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Just sold, 2008 BMW K1200GT
Had at least 15 others over the years.

In the garage now,
310GS
2010 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 with Cozy sidecar
1978 Honda GL1000 Gold Wing
1982 Honda CM400 custom homemade bobber

2018 Black 310GS
2011 Royal Enfield Classic with Cozy Bullet sidecar
1981 Honda 400 Homemade Bobber
1978 Honda Naked Goldwing
16 past varieties too numerous to mention
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I don't own a GS, but an R - and since they're similar bikes, I'm allowing myself to reply as well

Had many bikes, many of them bigger than the G310R. Felt the need to try something different. With occupation and children, less time for long road-trips. My use of motorcycles is now mainly for commuting. Makes going to work a little more fun!
Now if I need to find real reasons:
- Cost vs what you get (seemed unbeatable in the 300cc canadian market)
- Longest stock warranty I ever found on a motorcycle (3 years w/ road assist)
- Lower than 400cc means lower plate/insurance cost in my province.
- Relative lightness, ease of use for commuting trough city traffic.
- Shareable with my wife (she did not like hill-climbing on my KTM 690 Enduro (previous bike))
- Owned a bunch a brand but never a BMW, perfect opportunity to try one!
Sharing the garage now, a complete different style of motorcycle: Sherco ST2.9 Trials bike. Nice to have a bike to try all kind of stuff in the woods, when you're tired of riding on pavement following all the rules
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X-1

X-1 is the equation of how many bikes you're allowed to have, where (X) is the number of bikes when wife walks out.

At the moment I've got a BMWf800R, Triumph Bonneville, Yamaha RZ250, Gilera 500 Nexus maxi scooter, Gilera fxr180 runner, Honda XL250, Yamaha YT175, and a few project bikes. I did make a promise to sell a few when I bought the 310GS.

The reasons behind the 310GS were, finding a good "Last Bike", something that could do the hwy AND off road, lightness, versatilitly, modern technology, electric start, quality build & suspension, and good bang for buck. I reckon the GS ticks all these boxes.
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My garage and my wife do not allow me to have more than 1 motorcycle.
Before the R I had a Honda pcx125 scooter after riding 2 honda’s (When I was young) and more than 11 Beamers.
The last one was a F800ST after some R65’s, R100RS, several 800’s, an R850 and R850RT (some with a trailer).
From one day to another I sold the F800 because I didn’t feel safe anymore.
A year later we bought the scooter (for my wife to go to work) but she changed to an electrical bicycle.
I started to use the scooter more and more and missed a little bit of power.
Not wanted a big bike anymore and not want to spent a lot of money (and being a BMW fan) the G 310 R was my first and only option.
So far, I like the G and hope to ride a lot of safe and interesting km’s
I don’t need more then one motorcycle because this one ticks all my boxes.
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Thanks for all the replies. I haven't had a test ride yet on the R yet, and the GS probably won't arrive in the US until spring. I currently ride an S1000R and an R9T Racer, but was looking at the GS for maybe some short commuting and dirt road hooning. Of course a test ride when it shows up will answer a lot of questions, but I figured I'd try to gauge if it makes sense to look at a used middle-weight (600-800) vs this?
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Kawasaki ER-5 1998 simple bike for round town
But now no more in use with only 5800km,s from new
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Started with a Ninja 300, got a Daytona 600 that needs clutch work, and an F650GS that got totalled in August.

I'm excited about going back to a lighter bike. Lighter means easier going up to places like my profile pic. In addition, it means less effort required to stop. Also pick up. It'll be nice to have a newer bike again.
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