I'm a new rider. I took the MSF course and I'm looking for a motorcycle. I've been thinking about the 310R but would like to learn more about it.
Up front, I'm an old guy (74) and have been riding since around 1963. I've owned more than 20 bikes during that time - from the US, Japan, Italy, Germany, and England. Every one was great in its own way; however, most of them are gone now. The most recent one I parted with was a '93 BMW K75S, one of my favorites. However, the K75 was heavy, and top heavy as well, and had very short bars making low speed maneuvering a little exciting. With age comes slow loss of upper body strength and reactions that aren't what they once were making a large, heavy bike problematic.
I replaced the K75 last year with a BMW G310R and have now found a new favorite. The 310R has been an absolute hoot. It's light, handles well, is relatively close to the ground, has a comfortable upright seating position, is powerful enough to be entertaining without being intimidating, and gets excellent mileage even when I thrash it.
I would be hard pressed to suggest another so called "entry level" machine that I believe is as good as the 310R. I compared the 310R with Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and KTM and chose the BMW. And you shouldn't fixate on moto journalist's incessant use of the term "entry Level." It's more accurate to call these bikes light, responsive, fun machines that don't weigh so much they can't be picked up should the need arise. I've long since passed the point where I care to risk having 600 pounds fall on me should the bike decide to topple over - it happens to be best of us, and I can't claim to be among the best of us. Good, yes; among the best, no.
Too many words probably, but I don't seem capable of giving a short answer.