Possibly going from '09 G650GS to '18 G310R, will I be disappointed?
New to the forum, but not to riding. I'm 39 years old, been riding all my life, mainly dirtbikes and fourwheelers early on. For the street, I've mostly owned smaller dualsport motorcycles (Yamaha XT225, Honda CRF230L), but I've had a 2009 BMW G650GS since 2012 and it's been a great fit of a bike for me....until it wasn't.
Tomorrow I will be taking a 2018 BMW 310R for a test ride. I'm wondering if any of you have experience with the single cylinder F650GS/G650GS and how they compare to the G310R, mainly for vibrations/fatigue on the highway?
I originally rode the G650GS off road (fire roads, jeep trails) as well as for touring (max was a 5 hour trip from central Pennsylvania to Buffalo New York). I dropped the 650 on the trails one time, hurt my foot and wasn't able to lift it. That was the end of the offroading for that bike.
I still have the 650, it's in great shape, and I'm thinking of selling it outright or trading it, possibly for the G310R. I'm just hoping I won't regret it.
Anyway, I'm a short, small rider (5'5" and 140 lbs) and even though I know the 650 isn't a big bike (relatively speaking), its like 425+ lbs wet. I'm looking for something a bit lighter, that handles well and won't cause too much fatigue for a combined 6 hour riding in a day (touring a bit, I never do ALL highway, as that is boring, but it could be like a 60% back road to 40% highway tour). I'd much rather ride twisty paved mountain roads, than across the country on boring highways.
I have the 2009 Honda CRF 230L if I wish to hit the trails.
I do like that the G650GS has handwarmers, an accessory socket, and I have a Cee Bailey Windshield on it, but I know I could easily get all of that for the 310R as well. I'm a little interested in the G310GS, but I don't really want to pay the extra when I know I don't plan on riding it off road.
Attached is my 650GS. It's still in great shape with only 22,000 miles on it. I'd love to keep it and buy the G310GS as well, but I don't quite have the storage rooms or funds to make that happen.
Thanks for any suggestions guys! This seems like an awesome forum and I'm happy to have joined!