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Hi from a 2016 Suzuki SV650 I have been downsizing my bikes for the past 5 years mainly because as you get older the physical weight of moving your bike around becomes more difficult I have had since I first started riding in 1975 nearly 20 bikes up to 900cc including all the Japanese makes and Triumphs (6) Moto Guzzi and BMWs (5) and my last downsizing was from a BMW F800R to my current bike a 2016 Suzuki SV650. I am now looking to downsize again and seen many reviews on the 310s and have been interested in this forum. I will be taking a test ride on a BMW 310R as soon as the weather here in the UK stops raining, but my question to any of you owners especially any in the UK is can the 310 keep up with the UK speed limits. My concern is on paper the difference between the 650 and the 310 is half in every spec a 650cc, 75hp V-twin down to a 310cc, 34hp single. I have never been interested in the top speed of any bikes I have owned I have always looked at the toque the engine produces to be able to maintain good progress and stay within the speed limits and road conditions. Can anyone who has downsized to a BMW 310R or GS give me their experience. I know it will be down to my own experience on the test ride but other peopleís long term ownership is valuable. Many thanks and I hope I will be a proud owner of a BMW 310R in mid April, which colour is another decision my Suzuki is White/Blue with blue wheels so the HP would not be much of a change and they stopped the Blue in the 2019 models so it could be the Cosmic Black and I always associate Red with Honda.
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Hi Tony, similar circumstances to you, except only just moved form BMW S1000R to a GS310, why... I am from Yorkshire, but now live in Japan, Japan is very different to anywhere else I have ridden (All of UK, Southern Ireland, Spain, France, IOM, and 19 years in New Zealand) the S1000R just had too much HP, not needed here, and in summer is was like sitting on a furnace in front of a bonfire so hot I could not ride in the summer months. I don't think you will be dissapointed with a 310, if you still have the urge to ride fast try a KTM 390 Duke, I haven't but would like to.
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Hi Tony, similar circumstances to you, except only just moved form BMW S1000R to a GS310, why... I am from Yorkshire, but now live in Japan, Japan is very different to anywhere else I have ridden (All of UK, Southern Ireland, Spain, France, IOM, and 19 years in New Zealand) the S1000R just had too much HP, not needed here, and in summer is was like sitting on a furnace in front of a bonfire so hot I could not ride in the summer months. I don't think you will be dissapointed with a 310, if you still have the urge to ride fast try a KTM 390 Duke, I haven't but would like to.
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I currently ride an SV650 and FZ07 but purchased the G310R for my wife. I even lowered it two inches. Yes the power is significantly less but I still enjoyed riding it. It feels much lighter than the SV650 and handles much better because of it. If you don't have a big ego, the G310R is a great bike. It's not the bike; it's the rider.
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The 2019 Kawasaki Z400 is a better bike than the G310R because it has more power but weighs the same or less.
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The Kawasaki Z400 is a street bike with a larger engine and 10 more HP and 10#'s lighter. A nice combination. I'm sure it is a fun bike to ride also, but I wanted a dual sport, which the Kawasaki isn't. I looked at the Kawasaki Versys 300 also, but do to the off road nature of the BMW over the high revving Kawasaki I chose the GS. Now, I hope someone produces a larger fuel tank for the GS or I'll end up fabricating one.

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Hi Lost in Space,


I have read the current posts but have been rebuilding my laptop scrapped Windows 10 and gone over to Linix Mint. I have looked at the Kawasaki Z400 but like many other makes of bikes the number of dealerships in the South of the UK is growing smaller every year. Apart from a Triumph dealer 10mls away BMW is the nearest at 30mls or 50mls for the nearest dealers. Honda & Yamaha 25mls away closed last year. I am going to look at the BMW G310R on Wednesday 27th and take a test ride, but reading the posts on this site I will be asking a few reliability questions about the concerns of the alternator problems and water pump leaks. I have owned 5 BMWs since the 1980s and yes there have been issues but have always been resolved VERY quickly in production. Many BMW cars are built outside of Germany so the G310s being built in India under licence should not be such a problem as it appears to be on the number of posts on this site. I have found and would like to thank all those who have responded to my "Downsizing to BMW 310R" and I have been encouraged by the positive feedback and I am 99% convinced I am making the right move to get a BMW 310R and it will match my style of riding. I hope my next post will be the "BMW 310R has arrived in RED.
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Test Ride on BMW G310R - Success

After all the positive responses to my Downsizing to BMW G310R it only left me to take a test ride and I can say I was impressed with the bike and I think it will meet all my downsizing requirements. The little BMW got up to 70mph and had no problem holding it there which was one of my main concerns coming from a SV650, I was also impressed that it was not like the singles I remembered and very smooth at 6000rpm about 60mph in 6th. I had no reservations in ordering a new Red BMW G310R and I am expecting the delivery end of next week. Thank you for all your comments.
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Congrats! Iím sure youíll be delighted. Agree smooth up to 6k rpm and gets a little buzzy after that. My previous 310GS became smoother after about 1000 mls.. I have now lowered tyre pressures slightly from handbook and feel bike is more stable and corners better. Let us know how you get on.
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