New G310R Owner
I currently ride a 98 Honda VFR800. I wanted something a lighter to commute 20ish miles to work and run errands. I was looking at the following:
KTM Duke 390
Kawasaki Vulcan S
Honda Rebel 300/500
The Rebel as WAY to small for a 33in inseam. The Vulcan S fit was ok, but too cruiser for me. The SV650 fit was great, but I didn't feel at home on it. The CB500F fit was outstanding, but left me feeling cold. And the KTM dealership was a strange lot to communicate with.
This left the FZ-07 and the G310R.
I fit on the FZ-07 like a glove. Per stats, it had good low torque (similar to my VFR) and light. The only two drawbacks were the mpg was few ticks higher than the VFR and $7500US out the door price.
I arrived at the BMW Motorrad dealer yesterday and test rode the G310R. It was a lot bigger in person! I swung a leg across and sunk down in the seat. The fit was a smidge better than the FZ-07 and leg room was great! I took it on a mix route of city and interstate. I was impressed at how it handled 60-75mph traffic. The wind blast was manageable and once I remembered to kick down a gear to pass . . . I knew this was the bike for me. One the test loop, I returned 65ish mpg (US).
This bike's fit/finish, poise, capability, and price (oh man that price!) made me forget about the FZ-07.
So now, I'm a new owner of a G310R! Here are two shots from a stop I had to take when the skies opened up while riding home.
2018 BMW G310R
1998 Honda VFR800