A big hello from Crete
I’m glad to have found this BMW G310R/GS-forum which, together with another German forum, gives us so much information, good and bad, alas.
I’m Belgian, 71 years old, living in Crete and just bought the G310GS model. Considering my age and strength, my wife insisted on buying an “easy”, lightweight bike and not again a Moto Guzzi California, with which I’ve spend the last 45 years or so, one without and one with a Watsonian sidecar. Even a R Nine-T Urban GS was a no-go deal.
For a while I also had – together with my babies! – a BMW 75/5 with a Steib sidecar, a R80RT and a R100GS Paris-Dakar. Rugged and nice machines which couldn’t dethrone my Moto Guzzis. This BM is nice, beautiful; it suits my needs; it’s very easy to handle and, I admit, perfect for the narrow and dangerous Cretan mountain roads. I immediately bought a Givi touring windshield, handlebar raisers and a padded bike short, because the seat is everything else but comfortable. In saddle again! I’m as happy as it can be!
Of course, I hate modern bikes with all their electronics and digital displays. A bike with carburetors and points one can fix anytime, anywhere, while one full of electronics no one can fix, nowhere, never. More so, considering the flaws and problems I’m reading on forums, it doesn’t give me much confidence in BMW. A side stand breakage! Who has ever heard of such a mis-construction? Yes, I know, I’m old and grumpy. Never mind, didn’t I say I was happy? She is my new baby! “She”? Yes, in French a bike is “une moto”, a feminine noun. Not because you can sit on it! But because one loves it the way he loves his wife or partner: with much attention, tenderness and affection; with as much common pleasure as possible …