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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-06-2018, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from new member in NM with new G310GS

Hello! Just bought a new G310GS on 7/31. The sidestand recall had already been performed. Had the dealer throw on the BMW 29 liter topcase which they had in stock. I live in Las Cruces, NM & we don’t have a BMW motorcycle dealer in town so went 50 miles south to El Paso, TX. Still performing the break-in miles but am past the point where I can exceed 6000 rpm now. LOVE this bike! I’m 61, recently retired, & a lifelong Harley guy (have owned LOTS of Harleys over the years). BUT, I’ve owned other brands over the years also (1982 BMW R65, 1965 BSA Cyclone, 1936 Indian, 1976 Honda CB550F, Kawasaki KLR650, Yamaha XT250, Yamaha TW200, etc.). Also owned a couple of trikes over the years - a huge Chevy 350 custom & also a Polaris Slingshot. I am currently selling 2 other bikes & this new Beemer will be my only two wheel ride - other than bicycles! I have an electric & a gas powered bicycle 🙂

I’ve been following along on this forum for a while but waited on joining until I got my own. You guys & gals have been very helpful in assisting with gathering information & I really appreciate it.

Have a bunch of farkles on order & they should be trickling in over the next couple of months. Already got a GS-911 WiFi diagnostic device with the cable adapter for the OBD style port we have on these bikes. I like it!

Ordered: Original Beemer Buddies (grip covers), Givi HP5126 brush guards, Hepco & Becker fairing/crash guard, Hepco & Becker Orbit hard case panniers (with c-bow mounts), radiator guard (eBay), skid plate (eBay) - has a removable plate for oil filter access & cutout for oil draining, tank knee pads, Akrapovic carbon fiber exhaust, Ztechnik touring windshield, & finally, will be setting up a custom power port setup.

There are possibly some other little odds & ends I’m mulling over but the items listed will give me a good start.

By the way, Solo Moto Parts has the Akrapovic exhausts on sale. I got the carbon version for $501.44 with free shipping. The stainless version is $575.22. Not too shabby...

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-06-2018, 12:46 AM
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You just about spent msrp again on addons! Nuts! Enjoy your ride!
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@blwest - LOL! You’re not too far off. Keeping close track & yes, those farkles add up quickly. I’ve spent right at $2250.00 in addition to the cost of the bike. What the ****, YOLO! This will be my only motorcycle after I get the other 2 sold (one is supposed to be purchased tomorrow). So, trying to get it set up just like I want it. Still cheaper than my lifelong Harley habit 🙂

BTW, talked the dealer into throwing in the topcase for “free”, including installation (is anything ever really “free”?!?!)
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Welcome Tripod


Nice to have a younger (than me) new member. Hope the GS works out for you. Farkles are fun.

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@Old and Slow , thank you Sir! Appreciate the welcome! I’m trying to catch up with you! 🙂
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Hope you will enjoy our threads as much as I do.
Wish you lots of fun with your 310.
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Thank you @Bas310
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-06-2018, 09:57 PM
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I'm looking to downsize from a 1200. I just don't have time for long rides anymore. Would you recommend the 310? How many miles you got on yours?
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@blwest , if I were downsizing from a 1200 adventure bike, I think I would go to a F800GS, F700GS or find a low mileage G650GS. You are used to having more power. The 310 does fine on interstate but I wouldn’t want to do interstate cross country - maybe 100 to 200 mile segments would be okay. I’m more of a state highway guy for long distance riding anyways. The 310 is great for that & the light weight (374 lbs wet) is much easier to handle for mild off-roading. The 310 is 34 HP, a G650 (big thumper) is around 50 HP (but produces its power at much lower rpm), the F700 vertical twin is 74 HP & the F800 is 85 HP. The F700 & F800 are both 798cc but the F700 is just slightly detuned (saves some $ though, plus the 700 is 45 lbs lighter than the 800!). With more power, comes more weight. The G650 is not too bad at around 425 lbs. The F700 is 467lbs & the F800 is a hefty 512 lbs. It all depends on what kind of riding you want to do.

Personally, I waffled between the 310 & a G650GS. Unfortunately, they stopped producing the G650 a year or 2 ago but I would’ve been okay with a gently used one. Ultimately, the lower weight of the 310 won out. The G650 has a slightly lower seat height, which is nice, along with the additional power.

I’m coming off of a Yamaha TW200 (about 16-17 HP & 278 lbs). So I get twice the power for an additional 96 lbs. And, it’s a night & day difference. The TW was a much better dirt bike but sucked on the highway (even state highways). I’m at an age where I’m backing off of serious dirt riding & just want to be able to explore dirt roads, jeep trails,etc. & the 310 fits the bill nicely.

I sold the TW200 this afternoon. I like the 310 so much already that I’ve also put my Harley up for sale & the 310 will be my only motorcycle - it’s been years since I only owned 1 bike! But, this one can do everything that I want a bike to do. Hope some of this helps...

Oh, your mileage question! Still breaking in - right at 300 miles but already deeply in love. Can’t believe how well this bike handles. It’s a blast in the twisties & I really like the way it rides. After 300 km (186 miles) you can finally go above 6000 rpm & really start using the engine. This thing loves to rev & the real power is up top (max torque around 7500 rpm & max hp around 9500 rpm). For reference, 70 mph is 6750 rpm. Cruising at 75-80 on the level doesn’t seem to bother the bike at all but I’m guessing it might struggle to maintain that speed with strong headwinds &/or long, steep grades (& gas mileage would probably suffer too) - this last sentence is speculation on my part - an educated guess - time will tell...

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Welcome aboard Tripod, from a one-time resident of Alamogordo. Lived there for four years while my charming wife was Deputy Logistics Commander at Holloman AFB. I retired before she did and when she finally decided it was time to hang up the uniform in 2000 we moved back to San Antonio, our adopted winter home. Elderly parents on both sides of the family in not too great health was the primary reason. We miss Alamogordo but manage to visit now and then. And we passed through Las Cruces heading west and then again returning to San Antonio last March when we rode to Tucson and Bisbee, Arizona, for a couple of weeks of sight seeing. Couldn't help but notice that Las Cruces seems to be growing like a weed.

I understand your "no local BMW" dealer problem. I just bought a G310R to keep at our summer home in central Maine and here in the Maine woods the nearest BMW dealer is 175 miles - three hours - away, just north of Portland, ME. At the elder statesman age of 73 I no longer felt comfortable on my beloved '93 K75S so I exchanged it for the baby BMW and I have to admit that I really like it. I feel it's given me a new lease on riding and that's a very good thing.

Enjoy your BMW and ride safely. Oh yes, and farkle the daylights out of it.

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