first of all, thank you Dejah and Jenny for your input. i am not trying to be the smartass here, i just want to point out some key features of the bike that I find irritating (according to MY opinion and needs). as you guys mentioned earlier, heavier/bigger ADV bikes can be less versatile than the little GS. BUT, the bike's weight is only one part of the equation, the other two are horsepower and tires (dimensions and tread).
so,if one takes a look at "classic" ADV bikes like:
a) Honda Africa twin 1988-89 (XRV 650):220 Kg, 57 Hp (0.25 Hp/Kg), tyres: 90/90-21 front, 130/80-17 rear
b) Honda Transalp 2005-6 (XL 650 V): 210 Kg, 55 Hp (0.26 Hp/Kg), tyres: 90/90-21 front, 120/90-17 rear
c) Yamaha Tenere 2008-9 (XT 660): 206 Kg, 48 Hp (0.23 Hp/Kg), tyres: 90/90-21 front, 130/80-17 rear
or Enduro bikes like:
Honda XR 400R : 125 Kg, 34 Hp (0.27 Hp/Kg), tyres: 80/100-21 front, 110/100-18 rear
and compares them with the G310 GS: 170 Kg, 34 Hp (0,2 Hp/Kg), tyres: 110/80-19 front, 150/70-17 rear
can easily understand that the BMW is a bit under powered, as well as fitted with wider tyres (whose use is to provide more traction on the street and make your life more difficult off the street).
enough with my nagging about how hard is the BMW life. what I plan to do is:
a)fit an akrapovic carbon exhaust (and thus gain 2,4 Hp at the low end and save a few kilos)
b)change the sprocket with a bigger one (maybe 42 or 43 teeth) preferably an aluminum one
c)fit an X-ring chain
d) change the stock tyres with something more dirt capable (i really like the Michelin Anakee Wild)
that's all folks, thanks a lot for listening!
Last edited by greekgeek; 06-16-2018 at 12:58 PM.